Southwest's Wilkinson excited about Creighton commitment

2012-08-09T21:07:00Z 2012-08-13T23:38:06Z Southwest's Wilkinson excited about Creighton commitmentBy RON POWELL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Even from a text message, Lincoln Southwest volleyball coach Mary Schropfer could tell that Marysa Wilkinson was excited about committing to Creighton on Thursday afternoon.

“She had two exclamation marks at the end of it,” Schropfer said.

Wilkinson, a 6-foot junior all-state middle blocker, became the state’s second Division I volleyball recruit from the class of 2014 by telling the Bluejays ‘yes’ during an unofficial visit to the Omaha campus. Waverly all-state outside hitter Olivia Boender, a teammate of Wilkinson’s on the Nebraska Juniors 16-and-under club team this spring, orally committed to Nebraska in June.

Wilkinson got the Bluejay scholarship offer when she attended the program's elite camp July 25-26.

“I wanted some time to think about, but I knew on the visit today that it was the right place for me,” said Wilkinson, who is looking at a major in the health field with a goal of becoming a physical therapist.

“Academically, you can’t ask for a better school (than Creighton).”

Wilkinson became the Southwest’s go-to player offensively last fall as a sophomore. The second-team Class A all-stater pounded a team-high 345 kills, registered a hitting efficiency of .334 and put down 121 blocks (solos and assists combined) in leading the Silver Hawks to a 29-6 record and a Class A state tournament berth.

“She’s not only a talented player, but you couldn’t ask for a better leader on the floor and nicer teammate,” Schropfer said of Wilkinson, who was also considering Kansas. “She’s very deserving both as an athlete and a student.”

High school volleyball practice begins Monday, and “I’m happy I got it done before the season started,” Wilkinson said. “There will be a lot fewer nerves now when I’m on the court.”

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

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