USC Upstate head volleyball coach Jennifer Calloway has announced this afternoon that Madison Haake has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Spartans beginning with the 2015 season.
Haake, a native of Bartelso, Illinois, played setter/right side for Calloway’s brother, Chad Rakers, at Mater Dei High School. She was also teammates with current Spartans Kayla Eversgerd and Emily Koelling.
“I am excited to welcome Madi to the Spartan volleyball family,” said Calloway. “I have watched her grow, especially in the last year and a half, into a top athlete. She comes from an outstanding line of volleyball at Mater Dei.”
She received numerous athletic awards during her senior season including First Team IHSA All-State while being selected to the IHSA South Volleyball All-Star Team. Haake earned Team MVP honors this past season at Mater Dei and was voted to four All-Tournament Teams, including MVP accolades at the Quincy Notre Dame Tournament. She was selected WCXO Radio Player of the Week three times, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch High School Athlete of the Week and Breese Journal Athlete of the Month once. Mater Dei advanced to the IHSA State Tournament and finished in third place.
Haake was named Honorable Mention All-Metro during her sophomore and junior seasons. As a junior, she was awarded with Mater Dei’s Offensive Award.
“Aside from Madi’s volleyball talent and love for the game, she brings many other intangibles,” Calloway added. “Her ability to read the defense and raise her game during those high-performance moments was something we were looking for. Madi is very bright and we know she will have an immediate impact not only on our team, but in the classroom as well. She is an outstanding student – carrying a tradition of academic success that our program proudly celebrates.”
Along with her accomplishments at Mater Dei, Haake also played club volleyball under head coach Todd Gober for Team Elite St. Louis. Last season, the program won the Gateway Region and finished ninth at USAV Nationals.
“I chose USC Upstate because of its high quality academic and athletic programs,” stated Haake. “Also, having two past high school teammates that currently play at USC Upstate should make the transition to college easier.”
Academically, she is a member of the National Honors Society and received High Honors in each of the last three years.