Published Friday, December 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm / Updated at 11:41 pm
VOLLEYBALL
Former Elkhorn star Baumert to transfer to Creighton

Creighton picked up a setter with NCAA tournament experience.

Elkhorn standout Maggie Baumert, who helped lead Georgia to its first postseason appearance since 2004, has decided to play for the Bluejays and will start school at CU in January.

“I didn't think Georgia was the right place for me,” Baumert said. “I visited Creighton, and I instantly thought it was going to be a much better fit.”

The 6-foot-2 Baumert redshirted her freshman year. She played in all 32 matches last year and this season, averaging 4.64 assists per set for the 22-10 Bulldogs, who reached 20 wins for the first time since 2002 and had their most wins since 1994.

Elkhorn coach Jenny Gragert helped set up the connection with CU coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth. Baumert said she didn't look anywhere else after deciding to transfer.

Baumert said Booth told her she'd be in the mix at setter, but would have to earn playing time. Creighton had honorable mention All-American Michelle Sicner quarterbacking the team this year. She will be a senior next fall.

That's OK with Baumert.

“Honestly, I'm ready to enjoy volleyball and enjoy being around my teammates,” she said. “The actual playing part isn't my biggest concern. I just want to enjoy it.”

Baumert plans to major in psychology at Creighton. Her parents, Kim and Barb, are thrilled she'll be playing so close to home. They were able to make only a few matches when she was at Georgia.

Bulldog coaches didn't want her to leave, Baumert said, but were supportive at the end.

Baumert will have two years of eligibility with CU. She's eager to get started with her new team.

“They just seem like they are all very committed and work hard,” Baumert said. “They respect their coaches and they buy into what the coaches want. I think that's very important.”

Contact the writer: Marjie Ducey

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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 Omaha.com.

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