OMAHA, Neb. — Head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth announced a recruiting class on Thursday of four young women that have signed to continue their education and volleyball careers at Creighton University.
Joining the Bluejays in the fall of 2019 will be middle blocker Kiana Schmitt (Waunakee, Wis.), setter Ally Van Eekeren (Lisle, Ill.), defensive specialist Emily Bressman (Omaha, Neb.) and defensive specialistMakenna Krause (Hortonville, Wis.).
“They’re all great culture kids and that’s really important when we recruit, to find kids that we think are going to build the Creighton culture.” said Booth. “That’s something that we think makes our program really special.”
Below is a profile on each prospect:
Kiana Schmitt (6’3″, Middle Blocker, Waunakee, Wis., Waunakee HS)
• Committed to Creighton in March of 2017.
• Finished career with 925 kills, 389 blocks and 60 aces on .401 hitting in 364 sets played.
• Had 360 kills (2.9 kps.) as a senior, hitting .447, and also had 109 blocks, 71 digs and 43 aces.
• As a junior, helped team to its first state tournament appearance since 1993, as she had 366 kills (2.9 kps.) and hit .370 with 120 blocks and 59 digs.
• As a sophomore, hit .381 with 199 kills and 120 blocks.
• Played for the Capital Volleyball Academy.
Kirsten Bernthal Booth on Kiana Schmitt: “Kiana is a really a good athlete with a lot of versatility. She’ll likely play in the middle but could also play right side and potentially even outside. I like the fact that both on her club team and her high school team she’s had to carry a lot of load. She’s been a go-to player for them.”
Ally Van Eekeren (6’0″, Setter, Lisle, Ill., Benet Academy)
• Committed to Creighton in February of 2017.
• Earlier this month she helped her team to its first state appearance since 2014, finishing in third place and with a 36-6 overall record.
• High school team was ranked 37th nationally by PrepVolleyball.com on Nov. 1st.
• High school team has won 12 straight regional titles.
• Named team captain and team MVP of her junior varsity squad as a sophomore.
• Mother played volleyball at Illinois and brother plays volleyball at Hawai’i.
• Last name is pronounced ECK–er-in.
Kirsten Bernthal Booth on Ally Van Eekeren: “She’s a well-trained kid with a lot of potential. She’s going to continue to improve as she gets to Creighton and is a good athlete from a volleyball family.”
Emily Bressman (5’10”, Defensive Specialist, Omaha, Neb., Marian HS)
• Committed to Creighton in August of 2017.
• Set Marian’s school record for career kills, but is expected to transition into becoming a defensive specialist at Creighton.
• Named First Team All-State in Class A as a sophomore and junior.
• Team finished third in the state as a high school senior as she had 401 kills, 376 digs and 32 blocks on .306 hitting.
• High school team was ranked 41st nationally by PrepVolleyball.com on Nov. 1st.
• Helped team to a state title in 2017 with 29 kills on .400 hitting, 16 digs and four blocks in the state championship match to earn MVP honors, and led the team with 428 kills, 321 digs and 49 aces for the season.
• Named a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American in 2017.
• Topped club with 337 kills as a sophomore, hitting .354.
• Team also won a state title her freshman season in 2015.
• Recorded 1,378 kills, 1,031 digs, 119 aces and 110 blocks in 382 career sets while hitting .336.
• Won four varsity letters with the Crusaders.
Kirsten Bernthal Booth on Emily Bressman: “She’s the all-time kills leader at Marian and a phenomenal all-around volleyball player. I’m really attracted to how competitive she is. She’s special in the way she makes her team respond in big situations. She’ll primarily focus on the back row at Creighton but she’s got a huge arm to be a great back row attacker and is obviously very good at passing at defense. We have loved our Marian players and what they bring to our culture, and we’re excited to add another Marian player to our team.”
Makenna Krause (5’6″, Defensive Specialist, Hortonville, Wis., Hortonville HS)
• Committed to Creighton in August of 2018.
• As a senior, had 598 digs (6.0 dps.) and 38 aces (0.4 saps.).
• Had 480 digs (4.1 dps.) and 36 aces (0.3 saps.) with a .931 reception mark as a junior for a team that won 26 matches and reached the state tournament.
• Collected 157 digs and 10 aces as a sophomore.
• Finished her career with 1,235 digs and 84 aces.
• Won three varsity letters.
• Plays for Wisconsin Volleyball Academy.
• Last name is pronounced Krow-SEE
Kirsten Bernthal Booth on Makenna Krause: “She committed a little bit later, and is also a defensive specialist. We were impressed with her when we saw her in club and at camp and think she’s got some great potential from a defensive standpoint. Makenna is another great young woman who will help us build our future.”
The 2018 Creighton team (24-4, 16-0 BIG EAST) will look to clinch a fifth straight outright BIG EAST Conference title this weekend when it hosts Providence on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The Bluejays are currently ranked ninth nationally.