Creighton volleyball coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth screamed when she got the news from Megan Ballenger.
The 6-foot-1 hitter, a sophomore at Ankeny (Iowa) High School, picked the Bluejays over Iowa and Northern Iowa. Schools such as Kansas State, Iowa State, Louisville and Missouri also were interested.
“She was just really excited,” Ballenger said.
Ballenger said she wanted to make an early decision. She visited Creighton twice and liked that it was just a few hours from home. With Ballenger owning a 4.1 GPA, academics also were important.
“I just picked Creighton because I liked everything about it,” she said. “It was a great school and a great fit for me.”
Ballenger will be able to play outside or middle hitter for the Bluejays.
“I am a six-rotation player, which is kind of unusual for middles,” she said.
Ballenger helped lead Ankeny (30-7) to the semifinals at state for a second straight year. She also plays for the Central Iowa Select.
Ballenger was the Des Moines Register player of the year after hitting .261 with 3.68 kills per set and 2.6 blocks.
“She’s a good quality player for only being a sophomore,” Ankeny coach Dave Whims said. “We will be expecting Megan to improve her game over the next two years.’’
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