OMAHA, Neb. — Erica Kostelac, an outside hitter who recorded 590 kills in the previous two seasons at the University of Cincinnati, will transfer to Creighton and play volleyball for head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth‘s program.
Kostelac (COST-uh-lack) recently visited Creighton and signed the paperwork to finalize her transfer on Monday evening. The 6-foot-2 native of Chardon, Ohio, will arrive on campus in January with two seasons of eligibility remaining while pursuing a degree in Theology.
“Creighton is a great school with a great volleyball program,” said Kostelac. “I was pleased to hear how important volleyball is to the state of Nebraska and am so excited to get started in January. I am so grateful to sign to play for Creighton and spend the next two years with such amazing people!”
Kostelac collected 272 kills, 79 digs and 48 blocks on .243 hitting as a sophomore for the Bearcats in 2018. UC went 26-8, including wins over Colorado State, Florida State and Wichita State, to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Kostelac had 14 kills in 20 swings, hitting .650, in Cincinnati’s 3-0 sweep over Illinois State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. She added eight more kills in a Second Round setback at No. 16 Marquette.
As a freshman, Kostelac had 318 kills, 75 digs and 45 blocks for the Bearcats. She was named Second Team All-American Athletic Conference and ranked 10th in the league with 3.03 kills per set.
“We’re really excited about the addition of Erica,” said Booth. “She’s been a very good player at Cincinnati and I think culture-wise she’ll fit in with our team. We can’t wait for her to become a Bluejay”
Kostelac was the nation’s No. 77 Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball.com following her senior year of high school at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, where she helped the Lions to a pair of state titles and was twice named an Under Armour Honorable-Mention All-American.
Creighton went 29-5 in 2018 while winning the BIG EAST regular-season and Championship titles for a fifth straight season. The Bluejays spent 12 consecutive weeks ranked in the top-10 of the AVCA poll and appeared in a seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament.