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Creighton Volleyball Signs Top-Five Recruiting Class

Creighton Volleyball Signs Top-Five Recruiting Class

OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton Volleyball head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth has announced a recruiting class of four women that the experts are calling among the nation’s best. Eve Magill (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Abbey Milner (Lakeville, Minn.), Norah Sis (Papillion, Neb.) and Kendra Wait (Gardner, Kan.) comprise the nation’s No. 5 recruiting haul per PrepVolleyball.com, the program’s best mark in history and the fifth time in the last seven years CU has reeled in a top-30 class nationally.

Wait is listed by PrepVolleyball.com as the nation’s No. 7 recruit, the highest ranking of any Bluejay Volleyball signee since PrepVolleyball.com began its rankings in 2004. Not far behind are Sis (No. 28) and Magill (No. 31). Creighton had previously signed a total of five top-50 recruits out of high school, with only Taryn Kloth (No. 18 in 2015) ranking among the top-35 recruits.

Creighton’s previous best recruiting class had been the No. 10-ranked class in 2018, which included current Bluejays Keeley DavisJaela ZimmermanAnnika Welty and former Bluejay Kari Zumach.

Below is a profile on each prospect, keeping in mind that most All-State teams have not yet been announced for the fall of 2020:

Eve Magill
6-5 – Outside Hitter
Xavier High School – Cedar Rapids Iowa – Six Pack Volleyball Club

2020 – Nation’s No. 31 recruit, per PrepVolleyball.com
2020 – Iowa High School State Champion (4A)
2020 – Iowa State Tournament Class 4A All-Tournament Team
2019 – Iowa Class 4A First-Team All-State
2019 – Iowa Class 4A Northeast All-District
2019 – PrepVolleyball Top 50 HS Juniors list
2018 – Iowa Class 4A Second-team All-State
2018 – Iowa Class 4A Northeast All-District
2018 – PrepVolleyball Soph 79 list
2018 – Iowa State Tournament Runner-up (4A)
2018 – Iowa State Tournament Class 4A All-Tournament Team
Coached by Austin Filer
Verbally committed to Creighton in August of 2018

Abbey Milner
6-3 – Middle Blocker
Lakeville North High School – Lakeville Minn. – Minnesota One Volleyball Club

2020 – Team Captain
2019 – Minnesota Class AAA 5th place finish
2019 – South Suburban Conference Honorable Mention Team
2019 – Team Captain
2017 – Minnesota Class AAA State Champions
Coached by Jackie Richter
Verbally committed to Creighton in September of 2020

Norah Sis
6-2 – Outside Hitter
Papillion-La Vista High School – Papillion Neb. – Premier Volleyball Club

2020 – Nation’s No. 28 recruit, per PrepVolleyball.com
2020 – First Team Under Armour AVCA All-American
2020 – Nebraska State Tournament Semifinalist (Class A)
2020 – AVCA High School All-Region 7
2019 – Nebraska Super-State First Team
2019 – Nebraska Class A First-Team All-State
2019 – PrepVolleyball.com Top 50 HS Juniors list
2018 – Nebraska Super-State Second Team
2018 – Nebraska Class A First Team
2018 – PrepVolleyball Soph 79 list
2018 – Nebraska State Tournament Quarterfinalist (Class A)
Coached by John Svehla
Verbally committed to Creighton in September of 2018

Kendra Wait
5-10 – Setter
Gardner-Edgerton High School – Gardner, Kan. – MAVS Volleyball Club

2020 – Nation’s No. 7 recruit, per PrepVolleyball.com
2020 – First Team Under Armour AVCA All-American
2020 – AVCA High School All-Region 8
2019 – Gatorade Kansas Volleyball Player of the Year
2019 – Kansas Class 6A First-Team All-State
2019 – State All-Tournament Team (Class 6A)
2019 – PrepVolleyball.com top 50 HS Juniors list
2019 – 5th place finish at USA Volleyball 17 Open Nationals
2019 – Sunflower League Player of the Year
2019 – Varsity Kansas All-Class Girls State MVP (Track & Field)
2019 – Sunflower League champion in the 100 meters, 200 meters, pole vault and shot put (Track & Field)
2019 – State Champion in 100-meter dash and shot put; second in pole vault, fourth in 200 meters (Track & Field)
2018 – Kansas Class 6A First-Team All-State
2018 – State All-Tournament Team (Class 6A)
2018 – PrepVolleyball.com Soph 79 list
2018 – USA Volleyball 16 Open National Champion – MVP of tournament
2017 – Class 6A Honorable Mention All-State
Coached by Alexandra Fitzmorris-Sorn
Verbally committed to Creighton in April of 2018

Last year’s Creighton team finished 25-6 and was ranked 16th in the final AVCA poll after making an eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Bluejays graduated Megan Sharkey as well as All-BIG EAST selections Megan BallengerMadelyn Cole and Brittany Witt from their 2019 team, and will take the court in the spring of 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the fall 2020 season.

PrepVolleyball.com Recruiting Rankings (list started in 2004)
Year    Rank    Freshman Recruits

2004    Best of the Rest    (Baumann, Decker, Goc, Lahm, Mehal)
2005    Honorable-Mention    (Cvejdlik, Houts, Lebeda)
2006    None    (Bloemke, Schulze, Workman)
2007    None    (Feldman, Oelke, Vrbicky)
2008    Highest Honorable-Mention    (Almgren, Bober, Sanford)
2009    Highest Honorable-Mention    (Boggs, Greisch, Moon, Templeton, Thorson)
2010    High Honorable-Mention    (Fliss, Hackbarth, Malm, Mandolfo, S. Smith)
2011    Highest Honorable-Mention    (Browning, McNary, Neisler, Sicner, Stivers)
2012    High Honorable-Mention    (Elman, Jansen, Jereb, L. Smith)
2013    None    (Bird, Crawford, Foje)
2014    Highest Honorable-Mention    (Lawrence, Tupper, Wilkinson)
2015    11th    (Ballenger, Bohnet, Kloth, O’Connell, Winters)
2016    High Honorable-Mention    (Conlon, Taylor, Witt)
2017    25th    (Gaston, Hickman, Roumeliotis)
2018    10th    (Davis, Welty, Zimmerman, Zumach)
2019    Highest Honorable-Mention    (Bressman, Krause, Schmitt, Van Eekeren)
2020    27th    (Bolton, Maser, Reinhardt, Skovsende)
2021      5th    (Magill, Milner, Sis, Wait)

Top-100 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces (list started in 2004)
Rank    Year    Player

68    2004    Carolyn Decker
55    2008    Laurel Sanford
60    2011    Michelle Sicner
73    2013    Jess Bird
50    2014    Lydia Dimke*
18    2015    Taryn Kloth
41    2015    Jaali Winters
77    2016    Erica Kostelac#
98    2017    Naomi Hickman
99    2017    Steph Gaston
49    2018    Jaela Zimmerman
42    2018    Keeley Davis
46    2020    Kiara Reinhardt
97    2020    Ellie Bolton
  7    2021    Kendra Wait
28    2021    Norah Sis
31    2021    Eve Magill

* signed with Purdue and later transferred to Creighton
# signed with Cincinnati and later transferred to Creighton

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