Prep Volleyball

Maddy Baxter picks Drake for volleyball

Prep volleyball: Setter led Jefferson to state tournament last year

Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Maddy Baxter (right) jousts at the net with Johnston’s Jaden Studer during the J-Hawks’ Class 5A regional-final win last year. Baxter has committed to play volleyball at Drake University in 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Maddy Baxter (right) jousts at the net with Johnston’s Jaden Studer during the J-Hawks’ Class 5A regional-final win last year. Baxter has committed to play volleyball at Drake University in 2019. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The long line of female Division-I recruits in the Jefferson High School Class of 2019 has gotten a little longer.

All-state setter Maddy Baxter told The Gazette on Wednesday that she has orally committed to play volleyball at Drake University.

“I visited there (Tuesday), and I knew right away that’s where I wanted to go,” Baxter said. “They made me feel like part of their family.”

A fourth-year starter for the J-Hawks this coming season, Baxter averaged 9.6 assists per set as Jefferson (39-7) won a Mississippi Valley Conference divisional title last year and advanced to the state tournament for the first time in 20 years. She also posted a .626 kill efficiency.

Baxter joins three other J-Hawk senior volleyball players to make Division-I commitments. Kaylee Donner picked Northern Iowa, Raya George selected Tennessee Tech, and Peyton Brokovich chose Northern Florida. Teammate Lindsey Culver will go to South Dakota State to play softball.

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