MILWAUKEE, WIS. - Senior Shelbey Manthorpe (Merion Station, Pa.) registered her 18th double-double of the season, but the Seton Hall volleyball team fell short of their first-ever BIG EAST Championship, falling in four sets to Creighton (12-25, 25-17, 24-26, 12-25) on Saturday.
The Pirates, playing in their first BIG EAST Championship game since 1994, settle for second place and will now await the NCAA's decision as to whether or not they'll be awarded with an at-large bid to their first NCAA Tournament. The 64-team field will be announced Sunday, November 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Manthorpe finished with a team-high 38 assists to go with a match-high 21 digs. Her sister, Stacey Manthorpe (Merion Station, Pa.) tallied team-highs of 18 kills and .292 attack percentage. In doing so, Manthorpe moves into third place on Seton Hall's career kills list.
BIG EAST Libero of the Year Tessa Fournier (Redondo Beach, Calif.) recorded 18 digs and six assists.
Coming off a marathon five-set victory over Marquette in the semifinals less than 24 hours ago, the Pirates were sluggish in the first set. Creighton took advantage and rolled to an easy 25-12 victory. The Hall connected on only .065 of its attacks, while the Bluejays recorded an impressive .552 attack percentage.
Seton Hall (28-7) roared back in the second, however. Junior Molly Grammer (Center Valley, Pa.) recorded three straight kills, followed by a block, to give the Pirates a 13-5 lead. Creighton got within four points before Stacey Manthorpe kept Seton Hall firmly in front, making it 19-15, with her ninth kill of the match. Seton Hall evened the match with a 25-17 set two victory.
In the third, it was more of the same for Seton Hall until the Bluejays found some late magic. Leading 21-17, the Pirates surrendered five of the next six points to Creighton to tie the set at 22. The Hall was one point away from taking a 2-1 match lead at 24-23, but the Bluejays responded with the final three points of the set to win, 26-24.
In the fourth, Creighton broke out on a 10-5 run and never looked back, winning set four in easy fashion, 25-12, to claim the match and their first BIG EAST Tournament championship.
The Pirates' attacking percentage never was consistent in the match, as the team hit .349 in the second set, but was under .100 in the other three and in negative territory in the fourth.