Volleyball Adds Standouts For 2019

first_imgOn the heels of another one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Drake University volleyball team continues its upward trajectory with the addition of four student-athletes to the program for the 2019 season. The Bulldogs will welcome Alex Lemke, Haylee Kent and in-state talents Madison Baxter and Haley Bush to the team next fall.”I am excited about our 2019 signing class,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “This is one of the most talented classes that we have ever signed and I think they have the right focus and mindset to keep our program on the upward trajectory that we have been experiencing.”Haylee Kent and Haley Bush are both outside hitters with Kent hailing from Kent, Wash., while Bush is from nearby Waukee, Iowa.”Both of them have the size and the arms to be impact players in the conference,” McBroom said. “In addition to their very successful high school careers, they both have a unique set of experiences that will allow them to compete for court time in their freshmen seasons. Bush has an extensive background with the USA High Performance programs while Kent has been a decorated beach player since age 14.”Kent, who stands at 6-feet, 2-inches, was a four-year letterwinner at Kentwood High School and her league’s MVP. As a junior, she broke her school’s record by recording 367 kills in one season to go along with a school-record 32 kills in a single match. Her outstanding junior season earned her a spot on the Seattle Times All-Area Team, The Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Team as well as earning First Team All-State accolades.Bush is also 6-feet, 2-inches and recently led Waukee High School to its first Iowa State Tournament appearance since 2011. As a senior, she recorded 310 kills, 201 digs and 46 aces throughout the regular season. She was recently selected to the Iowa Class 5A All-State team and first team All-CIML for the second-straight year. Bush is also a four-time All-Academic award winner.Lemke, a 5-foot, 11-inch, setter from Lincoln, Neb., was a two-time honorable mention All-State selection who was a team captain her senior year after earning third-team All-State honors as a junior. As a senior at Lincoln East, she had 792 assists, 157 digs and 46 aces. Her club team, VCNebraska finished 10th at AAU Nationals in 2018 and fifth in 2017. “Alex Lemke stood out at our camp the last two years,” McBroom said. “She is a very intense and competitive player. As a left-handed setter-hitter, there will be numerous ways in which we can use her talents to benefit the program.”Baxter, a setter from Cedar Rapids, Iowa,  was selected as the All-Metro Player of the Year, as well as setting the Cedar Rapids Jefferson record in career assists with more 3,500. During the past two seasons, her team won both their Conference and District Championships, while placing fifth both times at the State Tournament. With her club team, she was a four-time USAV National Qualifier and placed fifth and second the past two years at Nationals.”Maddy is a very competitive setter who knows how to compete and lead her teams,” McBroom said. “She has demonstrated this ability with her high school and club teams. She will add significant depth to our program and will compete for time early in her career.”These four additions to the program join a roster that has recorded back-to-back 20 win seasons after going 21-15 in 2018 with an appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinals. The team also made its first postseason appearance since 1995 with a berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Classic.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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