After Christmas break, college students file back into dorms and classrooms, and athletes return to the gym and the weight room, sometimes to find that a few of their teammates have left and there are new faces to meet. This list represents some of the most exciting transfers that will be affecting the 2014 women’s NCAA season.
Maggie Baumert has come home. The Elkhorn, Neb., native spent two and a half years at Georgia (redshirting in 2011) before deciding she wanted something different. The 6'2" setter enrolled at Creighton in January and will play for the Bluejays in the fall. Baumert started as a setter for Georgia but will now have to fight for a spot on the floor behind Creighton’s Honorable Mention All-American Michelle Sicner.
Elizabeth Campbell, a 6'2" sophomore middle from Parker, Colo., ranked third on her 2013 Duke squad in blocks (95) and kills (304) before deciding she was ready for a move that takes her to Ohio State and the Big Ten where she will play her junior season in the fall.
In her freshman season at Mississippi State, Grapevine, Texas, native Kimmy Gardiner was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice, ranked third best in the conference with 4.03 kills/set, and earned an Honorable Mention All-American nod from the AVCA. But come January, the 6'2" opposite will trade in her maroon jersey for one of Oklahoma Crimson.
After playing her freshman season at Syracuse, 6'1" setter Erica Handley will return to her home state to play for Hugh McCutcheon’s University of Minnesota Gophers. Handley started at the setter position for Syracuse, accumulating 1,073 assists in 32 matches in 2013, and was named ACC Freshman of the Week twice.
Eastern Washington’s 2014 roster will benefit from the addition of three transfer students. Ana Jakovljevic, a native of Serbia who played two seasons as an outside hitter for Northwest College, comes to EWU on a full scholarship after earning NJCAA Division I All-American honors in 2013. Former UT Brownsville libero Heather Meeuwsen will help fill out the defensive strength of EWU’s roster after helping UT Brownsville to their first undefeated season and the NAIA national championship in 2013. Defensive specialist and Pullman, Wash., native Jennifer Nakata will join the Eagles after having competed for two years at the Division II Wayne State College.
West Bloomfield, Mich., native Jackie Pyles has decided to leave Boise State, where she played two seasons as a defensive specialist, to transfer to Missouri S&T where her older brother Drew played baseball from 2009-12. Head coach Jason Holt admitted the Miners weren’t recruiting another defensive specialist for the 2014 season, but they were thrilled to add another talented player to their roster.
Originally published in April 2014