OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton University volleyball program has signed Katie Neisler to a letter-of-intent. Neisler, an outside hitter who stands 5-foot-11, joins Kelli Browning, Leah McNary and Michelle Sicner as the fourth scholarship freshman for next year's squad.
Neisler (NICE-ler) hails from Double Oak, Texas, and attends Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas. She was named to the Texas Girls Coaches 5A all-state and all-district team, and was named her district's co-defensive player of the year as a senior. PrepVolleyball.com also recognized her as a "Defensive Dandy Lion", an award given some of the nation's top defensive preps. Coached by Cristie Liles, the Marauders inished 42-6 on the season, with Neisler leading the club with 643 digs and adding 295 kills. She hit .218 and added 31 aces to go with 62 blocks. Neisler also played club volleyball for Texas Advantage and coach John Sample.
She will be just the third Texas native to play for Creighton volleyball since the program's 1994 reinstatement, joining Amarillo native Rachael Waitt (1994-95) and Plano native Jessica Klein (1997-2000).
"We are excited to welcome on first Texan to the team during our staff's tenure at Creighton," said Creighton head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth. "Katie is an incredibly well rounded player. She is a solid force in the front row, but her passing and defense is where she really stands out. She also is a great young woman who will fit into the chemistry of our team."
Katie's sister, Haley Neisler, recently completed her freshman season on the Sam Houston State volleyball team.
Last season Creighton finished 21-12 and claimed the program's first NCAA Tournament victory with a win over No. 16 Iowa State, and Booth was named National Coach of the Year by CVU.com.
The Creighton Volleyball team has one spring home match remaining. The Bluejays will host one of Chinese's top professional teams, Tianjin Bridgestone, on Friday, April 22nd at 5:30 pm at D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center. Tickets are $5 and available at the facility the night of the game.