With the spring semester just around the corner, WKU Volleyball head coach Travis Hudson has announced the addition of sophomore transfer Nadia Dieudonne (pronounced ‘Jew-DUH-nay’) to the squad. Dieudonne, a setter, played for Xavier the past two seasons and will be immediately eligible to take the court for the Red and White.
“We are thrilled to add Nadia to our 2019 roster,” Coach Hudson opened. “She is a terrific kid and an experienced setter. More importantly, however, she is a great all-around volleyball player and a flat out winner. She will impact our program in many different ways and I am excited to get her in the gym with us.”
A graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Dieudonne marks the fifth Lady Topper on Hudson’s current roster that hails from the Commonwealth.
Last season with the Musketeers, Dieudonne played in all 105 sets while tallying a team-best 540 assists in Xavier’s two-setter system. With 204 digs, the sophomore ranked third on the team in the category while adding 26 kills and 13 aces. The team finished with a 10-19 record including an 8-10 mark in league play.
Dieudonne’s freshman campaign saw the setter in action across 23 matches for 78 totals frames. She ranked second on the team in assists with 351 and added 159 digs, 11 kills and nine aces.
Across her two seasons at Xavier, Dieudonne recorded 11 double doubles with five as a rookie and six this past campaign.
During her prep career, Dieudonne led her Sacred Heart Academy squad to a 40-4 record in 2016 and a state title. She was selected to the Under Armour All-American Honorable Mention Team along with earning All-State, All-Region and All-Tournament Team recognitions during the 2016 season. In the classroom, Dieudonne was a four-time Academic All-State Team selection as well.
Dieudonne is the daughter of Carl and Marie Dieudonne and has two brothers, Danny and Nathan, and a sister, Kianna. Three of her siblings have played or are currently on collegiate team rosters. The 5’8” offensive facilitator will continue pursuing her degree in finance.
Why she chose WKU: “I chose to come to WKU because I believe both the university and the volleyball program are the perfect fit for me in terms of achieving my personal goals. WKU will allow me to explore my interests beyond the basic degree of finance that I’m pursuing—including journalism, entrepreneurship and fashion merchandising. WKU Volleyball gives me the chance to maximize the remaining time I have to compete in the sport I love, to be around the best coaching, to play with the best teammates and to be among the best athletic support system. I’m grateful for the opportunities that both the coaching staff and the university have provided me and I can’t wait to be part of the WKU family!”
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