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Western Illinois Volleyball has announced the signings of six players for the 2018-19 season. Among the six is a local product, Kaylee Mae Woodard of Monmouth-Roseville High School. The 5'8 outside hitter/defensive specialist comes to Macomb after three seasons as an all-conference player for the Titans. She was a named to the all-tournament team at the Charger Invite three times.


"Kaylee is a six rotation outside that will more than likely make the transition into a defensive role for our program," said WIU Head Volleyball Coach Kelly Richardson in a WIU Athletics press release. "Her ability to play six rotations though has made her a well-rounded player, and will help her bring consistency to our defense. Kaylee has big goals, and will continue pushing herself and those around her to improve. She is fierce competitor, and we look forward to her fighter mentality in the gym this fall."


Woodard will come to a university that is both close to home, and has sentimental value to her. 


"I chose Western because I loved the campus, it was close to home and my grandfather attended WIU and played basketball," Woodard said in the release. "WIU also has a great Nursing program, which made my choice even easier to make."


In addition to Woodard, Richardson and her staff have added five more players. All six recruits hail from either Illinois or Iowa. The remainder of the class is made up of the following athletes:


-Erika Moore: 5'7 defensive specialist/libero from Bloomington, IL (Bloomington Central Catholic High School)

-Mariah Mitchell: 6'0 right side from Wapello, IA (Wapello High School) 

-Alaina Kline: 5'7 defensive specialist/libero from Pecatonica, IL (Christian Life High School)

-Kennedy Drewis: 5'10, outside hitter from Tripoli, IA (Tripoli High School)

-Madeline Dieter: 6'1, middle blocker from Plainfield, IL. (Plainfield North High School)