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Missouri Southern Volleybal Adds Five

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Joplin, Mo. – Missouri Southern volleyball coach Kalie Mader has announced the addition of five student-athletes as part of the 2018 signing class.
 
All five are high school student-athletes with three hailing from the state of Missouri, one from Illinois and another from Hawaii.
 
Katelyn Mooney is a 5-11 middle/outside hitter and joins the Lions from Lamar High School where she played for coaches Ann Landrum and Chelsie Griffin. A four-year letter winner for the Tigers in volleyball, basketball and track and field, Mooney was a middle hitter/outside hitter at LHS.  
 
On the volleyball court, Mooney was a first-team All-District and a two-time All-State selection. She was also an All-Conference pick. On the basketball court, Mooney was an All-District and All-Conference pick.
 
Mooney comes from an athletic family. Her father, Tom, played baseball at Southern, while her mother played volleyball at Central Missouri. Her brother, Trenton, played football at North Dakota State and Pittsburg State, while another brother, Trey, is a track athlete at Southwest Baptist. She plans to major in dental hygiene at Southern.
 
"We are super excited about the addition of Katelyn to our gym," Mader said. "She has a wonderful work ethic and team mentality that will go far for us."
 
Olivia Lewis is a 5-10 right side hitter and joins the Lions from Carl Junction High School. A three-year letter winner for coach Cheryl Sharples, Lewis helped the Bulldogs to a district championship in 2017, while leading CJHS to a conference and district title in 2014.  


She holds the school record for blocks in a season and in a career, while leading the Bulldogs in hitting and serve percentage. Lewis was a second-team All-District selection.
 
The daughter of Caleb and Vanessa Lewis, Olivia's father played football at Missouri Southern and is an assistant coach on the team. Her uncle, Aaron also played football at Southern. Olivia plans to major in dental hygiene at Southern.
 
"Olivia comes from another very competitive high school program," Mader said. "We are very happy to have her join us."
 
Kyla Greenlee is a 5-7 defensive specialist that comes to Southern from St. Pius X in Festus, Mo. A native of DeSoto, Mo., Greenlee was a four-year letter winner in volleyball for the Lancers and coaches Dustin Cutts and Shannon Leftridge. 
 
Also a golfer at St. Pius, Greenlee was a four-year starter for the Lancers and has over 1,000 digs in her career, while being named an All-Conference pick in 2017. She helped her team to A state championship as a junior and a senior, while picking up a third-place finish as a freshman and a runner-up finish as a sophomore.
 
The daughter of Jason and Sarah Greenlee, Kyla plans to major in marketing at Southern.
 
"Kyla comes from a competitive high school program and knows how to win with two state championships in her resume," Mader said. "She'll be a welcome addition."

Lydia Wiegand is a 5-3 defensive specialist that comes to Southern from Dee-Mack High School in Mackinaw, Ill. A native of Deer Cree, Ill., Wiegand was a four-year letter winner for coach Brandon Mueller and the Chiefs.
 
A two-year varsity captain, Wiegand was an All-Conference pick as a senior. She helped the team to a State Championship as a freshman, as well as two Regional Championships and a sectional championship, while posting a 45-4 conference record during her four years. A standout in the classroom, as well, Wiegand ranked ninth out of 83 students in her senior class.
 
The daughter of Corey and Perri Wiegand, Lydia plans to major in nursing at Southern.
 
"We were hoping to add some depth and strength to our DS/libero position and Lydia will definitely help us accomplish that," Mader said.
 
Samantha (CC) Pollard comes to Southern from Kilua, Hawaii where she was a four-year letter winner at Kailua High School for coach Berta Downy. A 5-6 middle hitter, Pollard helped the Mustangs to two State Championships and one Regional title. 
 
Pollard was an All-Conference and All-State selection in volleyball, while earning All-State honors on the basketball court, as well. She was also a state qualifier in the 100m and long jump in track and field.
 
The daughter of Ryan and Aina Robinson, CC plans to major in communications at Southern.
 
"We are so fortunate to get CC into our program," Mader said. "She has a competitive spirit and work ethic that will help us continue to grow."
 
The Lions hope to add another player in the coming days.

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