Published Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm / Updated at 7:40 pm
Family ties help Bluejays land 6-foot-2 recruit

Creighton volleyball coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth has gotten a recruiting assist from former Bluejay basketball player Adam Reid.

Ankeny (Iowa) Centennial outside hitter Jaali Winters committed to CU over the weekend and said Reid, her uncle, had a role in her decision.

Reid, who played forward at Creighton from 1993 to ’97, told Winters how much he loved the school.

“Obviously how great all the people are and what a good experience it was,” Winters said. “He just had a good time.”

Winters, a 6-foot-2 junior, said she visited CU last spring but wanted to explore some other schools before she committed. She also looked at Iowa, Iowa State, TCU and Illinois.

She mulled over her decision and said Booth was very excited to get the call.

“I think it will be a good place because of the size, and it will be close to home,” Winters said.

Winters played club ball for the Central Iowa Select under 17 squad, which made it to the semifinals in the national division at the USA nationals in Dallas.

She competed at Ankeny High School before the school was split and now attends Centennial, which is ranked sixth in Class 5-A. She’s averaging 4.7 kills per set and has a .343 hitting percentage.

Winters said she’ll bring leadership, hard work and a good attitude to CU, where she’ll be reunited with former Ankeny teammate Megan Ballenger.

Winters on Friday plans to attend the Bluejays’ first Big East home match. Creighton (10-4, 1-1) hosts DePaul at 7 p.m. Friday and Marquette at 1 p.m. Sunday.

It will be the first time she sees the Bluejays compete.

“I was going to commit there, but I was like, ‘I can’t wait,’ ” Winters said.

Winters said she hadn’t called her uncle yet to give him the big news.

“I’m sure my mom probably told him,” she said. “He’ll be really excited.”

Contact the writer: Marjie Ducey    |   402-444-1034

Marjie Ducey covers state colleges, women's sports, high schools, select sports, outdoors, holes in one, soccer, running and any other type of interesting story. She also puts out the metro edition and does some updating on

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