Omaha Marian's Lauren Sieckmann, a two-time Super-State setter, is transferring next fall to play her senior season at Elkhorn South. The Nebraska volleyball recruit's father, Tom Sieckmann, said the transfer papers were filed Monday.

Tom Sieckmann said the reason for the transfer is his daughter wants to graduate from high school in December and begin attending classes at NU in the second semester, enabling her to go through spring practices with the Huskers.

Marian does not allow its students to graduate early and would not grant an exception in this case.

"Lauren felt no pressure from (NU) Coach (John) Cook to do this,'' Tom Sieckmann said. "The more she thought about it (coming to NU early), the more she thought this was something she wanted to do.

"This wasn't an easy decision for her,'' he added. "Lauren loves Marian. It's been a great school for her and (Marian volleyball) Coach (Rochelle) Rohlfs has been phenomenal. She's given Lauren every opportunity to shine and blossom as a volleyball player.''

Lauren Sieckmann will be eligible immediately in August because the family already lives in the Elkhorn South district.

The 5-foot-11 Sieckmann is considered one of the top prospects nationally in the class of 2012. She propelled Marian to the 2009 Class A state championship and was named the top sophomore player in the country that year by PrepVolleyball.com.

As a junior last year, she led the Crusaders in kills (377 with a .353 hitting efficiency) and assists (585) when they finished second at the state tournament.

Sieckmann, who has played on the U.S. Youth national team, was part of a Nebraska Juniors club team that won the 16-and-under open division at the USA Volleyball junior national tournament last year.

Reach Ron Powell at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com.