ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis head volleyball coach Kent Miller has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend the University and play for the Billikens. All three will have four years of eligibility beginning next fall.
The new Billikens are setter Shea Fuller (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.), outside hitter Margaret Mahlke (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North H.S.) and outside hitter Lily Welti (Middleton, Wis./Middleton H.S.).
“We are very excited to add three high-level recruits to our program,” Miller said. “We continue to build on our recent recruiting success with another strong class. Each of these student-athletes has an opportunity to significantly impact our program.
“This recruiting class is made up of highly competitive student-athletes who have high expectations for themselves and our program,” Miller said. “We are thrilled to have them become Billikens, and we look forward to having them help our program build on its competitive success.”
A four-year varsity player, Fuller made PrepVolleyball.com’s list of the nation’s top 250 senior recruits and was selected to the Academic All-State first team this season. She was a member of Chatfield teams that finished third in the state her sophomore year and ninth in the state her freshman campaign, winning regional and conference titles both seasons. Fuller was an All-Conference honoree both years and was All-State honorable mention as a sophomore.
Fuller has served as her club team’s captain since her freshman year. She helped the club finish second in the California Beach Volleyball Association Santa Monica Juniors, fourth in the Long Beach Women’s B tournament, and fifth in the AVP First Grand Slam in Huntington Beach, Calif.
“Shea is a dynamic athlete who will be one of the most physical setters in the Atlantic 10 Conference,” Miller said. “She has the physical skills and the competitive mindset that will help our team's offense continue to grow.”
Mahlke was a four-year varsity starter who registered 1,138 career kills. She accumulated 131 blocks, 525 digs and 94 service aces over the past three seasons.
As a senior team captain, Mahlke was an American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour honorable mention All-American, My Suburban Life Player of the Year, Daily Herald All-Area and West Suburban All-Conference for a second consecutive season, a recipient of three All-Tournament honors, and one of Illinois Prep Volleyball’s “150 Players to be Seen.” Her team-high 458 kills ranked second in Illinois Class 4A and seventh overall in the state. Mahlke led Downers Grove North to a 2018 state runner-up finish as well as conference, regional and sectional crowns for a second straight season.
Mahlke has played club volleyball for 1st Alliance since 2013. She served as 17’s team captain and helped lead the squad to Great Lakes Power League titles and national tournament appearances the past two years.
Mahlke plans to major in education at SLU. She is an Illinois State Scholar, a four-year high honor roll student, an Academic All-Conference selection, a National Honor Society member, a two-year West Suburban Conference leader, and a two-time recipient of her school’s Trojan Pride Award.
“Margaret is a physical attacker and blocker who will have a big presence at the net,” Miller said. “She knows how to win and is willing to carry an offensive load to help her team succeed.”
Welti was a four-year starter and three-year team captain. She earned first-team All-Conference plaudits in each of her four seasons and totaled 1,346 kills, 1,413 digs, 202 service aces and 128 blocks during her career. Welti was named to the AVCA Under Armour All-America Watch List prior to this season.
Welti was a Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-State honorable mention as a sophomore and junior, as well as a Wisconsin State Journal/Wisconsin PrepZone.com All-Area second-team choice as a junior and honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore. She helped lead Middleton to the 2017 Big 8 Conference championship and was named MaxPreps Player of the Match 61 times during her career.
Welti plays club volleyball with Wisconsin Volleyball Academy/One Wisconsin. She also competed with the Badger Region High Performance Training and Tournament Team, and she was a member of Middleton’s track and field team (long jump, high jump, sprints) her first three years.
“Lily has a great volleyball IQ and loves to compete,” Miller said. “She has the front-row and back-row skills that will help our team compete at the highest level. Lily’s love of the game shows every time she plays.”