first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – As the season draws to a close, the Drake University women’s volleyball team looks ahead to next season’s roster on National Signing Day, as the program gears up to welcome six new student-athletes for its 2020 season.The Bulldogs will welcome Macy DeLeye, Halle Wolfe and native-Iowans Jada Wills, Kara Peter, Calea Jones and Kacie Rewerts into the program next fall.”I think our 2020 class is truly exceptional,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “They certainly combine a collective athleticism unlike anything we’ve seen and competitiveness that will enhance our entire program. This group of young women are uniquely positioned to arrive at a pivotal point in our program’s evolution. They will certainly play a key role in taking it to new heights over their careers at Drake.”Calea Jones, an in-state talent from Ankeny, Iowa, is one of three outside hitters joining the team in the upcoming year. Jones, a three-year letter winner standing at 6-feet, is a two-time state qualifier and 5A state champion at Ankeny Centennial. As a team captain, she was named to the Prep Dig 2020 Iowa High School Volleyball rankings as the No. 4 right-side hitter in the state and chosen to participate in the 2019 IGCA Senior Volleyball Classic.”Calea has the drive, passion and enthusiasm to be a very successful student-athlete in our program,” McBroom said. “Coming from Ankeny Centennial, she knows what winning looks like and what it takes to get there. She is a very physically gifted athlete and she has the work ethic to go along with it.”Kacie Rewerts is an outside hitter from Nevada, Iowa. Rewerts is a three-time all-conference player and school record holder for kills at Nevada High School. She has amassed more than 1,200 kills throughout her high school career.”Kacie is a dynamic athlete,” McBroom said of Rewerts’ abilities. “She was very competitive at our camps and full of energy and passion. She’s the type of player that everyone immediately appreciated having on their team as her passion is contagious.”Jada Wills is the third outside hitter joining the Bulldogs. From Dubuque, Iowa, Wills is another three-time all-conference player with many other honors to her name. Playing with the Six Pack Volleyball Club, she was named MVP after leading the team to a national championship victory in 2018. Wills has earned over 1,500 kills in her career alongside over 1,300 digs.”I have really enjoyed watching Jada play in club over the past few seasons,” McBroom said. “Beyond being a very sound player fundamentally, Jada has the right kind of attitude that we are looking for to elevate our gym to the next level.  She is a fierce competitor who hates to lose.  I expect that she will compete for playing time in her first season either on the outside or in the back row.”Macy DeLeye, a middle blocker from Topeka, Kansas, earned many high honors throughout her time playing in high school. Among those achievements, she was a 2019 6A state runner-up and named to the all-tournament team for her performance.”Every coach who has worked with Macy brags about what an amazing work ethic she has,” McBroom said of DeLeye. “She has a very fast arm swing, a strong serve and is also a great communicator. I think she will fit in very well with our current players.”Kara Peter is the tallest of Drake’s new commits. Standing at 6-feet, 3-inches she is a towering blocker, hailing from nearby Carroll, Iowa. Peter led her team to another appearance in the 2019 state tournament.”She has the height and strength to make her presence immediately known at this level,” McBroom said. “She possesses the physical ability and the competitive nature that we are looking for to continue to move Drake volleyball to the next level.”Rounding out the incoming signees will be Halle Wolfe, a libero from Lakeville, Minn. Starting at libero in every set of every match in her career, she has twice been team captain. She was a 2017 state and conference champion, along with earning all-conference honors in 2018. This year, she was named to the all-state and all-tournament teams in Minnesota. Wolfe totaled 1,629 digs in her career. McBroom expressed his excitement over the addition of a new libero, especially one with Wolfe’s proven background.”Halle comes from one of the premier clubs in the country at Northern Lights as a libero with exemplary leadership skills,” McBroom said.  “Even when she has played up from her age division on teams, she has been looked to as a leader.”All six players join the roster for the 2020 season with the potential to fill immediate needs for the Bulldogs. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more