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Nadia Dieudonne

School

Western Kentucky University

Position
Setter
Major
Business Finance

Classroom

Nadia Dieudonne owns a 3.38 GPA entering the final semester in her pursuit of a business finance degree on The Hill. She plans to continue her academic journey at WKU for graduate school, pursuing a master’s degree in applied economics. Prior to transferring to WKU, Dieudonne earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team as a Xavier representative. In her four semesters at WKU, the Louisville, Kentucky, native has landed on the Dean’s List three times and earned a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Dieudonne has been selected to participate in the TVA Investment Challenge Program – an opportunity for a handful of students to personally manage a real-world portfolio.

Character

“Dieudonne is a very in-control kid. She has more of a reserved personality, but she’s very mature for her age and I think she sees all aspects of her life from a more mature place than most kids that come through here. That allows her to not get too high or too low and always understand that there’s a bigger picture than the one that’s not necessarily right in front of her.

The setter position is about serving others, it’s about wanting their success. That’s something that as a transfer kid coming in – a kid fitting with the culture and the kids already in your program – is always in question. Dieudonne was a kid that because of her selfless nature and interest in making the people around her better, that I think she was accepted from the very beginning because of the nature of her personality.”
- Head Coach Travis Hudson

Community

Dieudonne has carried her servant role into the community as well. She’s spent time constructing houses with Habitat for Humanity and tutoring children through the Boys and Girls Club.

She’s also used her skills to help keep her peers informed through her writing with the WKU school magazine, The Talisman. She kept readers informed on events on campus as well as educational pieces on current events.

Competition

When Nadia Dieudonne arrived on The Hill in January 2019, she’d never won a collegiate volleyball award. She’d been setting in Xavier’s 6-2 system before Travis Hudson brought her into the Hilltopper program, where she would facilitate the WKU offense to the second-best efficiency in the country during the 2019 season – her first at WKU.

By the end of the 2019 campaign, Dieudonne had earned honors including an AVCA All-Region selection after earning Conference USA’s Setter of the Year nod. She also was named to the league’s All-Conference first team and collected C-USA All-Tournament Team recognition. Dieudonne’s 1,296 assists tied for the 20th most in NCAA Volleyball and led Conference USA, all despite WKU leading the nation in 3-0 wins. She registered nine double-doubles in 2019 including a rare 20-20 double-double (54 assists and 20 digs) in her first match as a Hilltopper. Dieudonne would end up earning six C-USA Setter of the Week Awards as WKU achieved new highs during the historic season.

Dieudonne carried her awards into her senior season, landing on the C-USA Preseason All-Conference Team for the 2020-21 year.

Across her Xavier and WKU careers, Dieudonne has appeared in 86 matches and 299 sets. She’s racked up 2,187 assists to accompany 633 digs, 132 kills, 46 blocks, and 34 aces.