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Abby Luebbers-Mater Dei
College: Maryville St. Louis
Abby has been SIJHSAA State Championship, Class M; Finished 23/174 AAU Nationals, Orlando Fl; 3A IHSA State Champions; Top 25 Leading Server, STL High School Sports; 3A IHSA State Champions; All Tourney Team, Belleville East Tournament
"Abby is the type of player that all coaches want to have and never want to see go. She is so consistant on the court in all aspects of the game. It is wonderful for a coach to not have to worry about whether or not a player is going to be on their "A game" each night. With Abby I never had to worry, but not only at games but at practice as well. She is the girl that lead the team with her actions every day. I never once saw her let down all season. Every ball was playable for her and it made eveyone else in the gym attempt to work as hard as she does. She is easily one of the best defenders that has ever come through the Mater Dei volleyball program and it is all about her ability to read the play before it develops. Yes, she has made an innumerable ammount of amazing digs over the years at MD, but my favorites are all of the plays that she made because she beat the ball to the spot due to position! Abby will be playing at Maryville University in St. Louis next year as she works toward her nursing degree and disappointing many hitters that believe their last swing should have hit the floor."
Coach Chad Rakers
Sheila Doyle-Benet Academy
College: North Carolina
Doyle was named all-tournament at the Mizuno Scholastic Cup and Wheaton Classic tournaments and was named the MVP at the Benet invite and Autumnfest hosted by Glenbard East. She was named to the East Subruban Catholic All-Conference team and was the Daily Herald Player of the Year.
"Shelia is one of the best liberos I have ever seen. Most defensive players excel at playing defense or serve receive, but Sheila does both at an elite level. She is an extremely quick and fast player, but what makes her great is her ability to read plays early and put herself in position to make plays. Sheila is a high energy, high motor player who attacks the ball. Where she has come from in the last four years speaks (Doyle was on the 'B' team as freshman) to her work ethic and her want to be great. She is committed to North Carolina where I expect her to make an immediate impact." - Benet coach Brad Baker.
Alysia Baznik-Naperville Central
Position: Outside Hitter
College: University of Evansville
HS Sr. Yr. stats: 346 kills, 189 digs, 59 aces, 33 blocks
All Area 1st team: Chicago Suntimes, Daily Herald and Naperville Sun publications
Baznik was named all-tournament at the Wheaton Classic and Autumnfest hosted by Glenbard East. Baznik was also named to the DuPage Valley Conference all-conference team.
Baznik finished the regular season with 304 kills, 174 digs, 20 blocks and 58 aces for a team that lived on the fringe of the Sun-Times Top 10 most of the season and finished one game behind West Aurora for the league title.
"Alysia is a four year varsity starter. She is an impact player from all six rotations on the floor. She finds ways to score despite being double- and triple-blocked. She is a great leader both on and off the floor and is simply irreplaceable." - Naperville Central coach Brie Isaacson.
Erienne Barry- St. Charles East
College: Western Michigan
A two-time All-Area selection and four-year starter for St. Charles East, it's going to be strange when 2013 rolls around and someone else is setting the Saints. Before heading to Western Michigan for college, Barry excelled in her final year of a high school career that included helping the Saints finish third in state as a junior.
This season she showed leadership to the newcomers while continuing her fine play at setter (721 assists, 38 aces).
"She does a great job leading," Saints coach Jennie Kull said. "She has really come into her own. She leads the team offensively. She's a great quarterback. I think that experience really helps. She and Nicole (Woods) both have really helped the young kids."
Krista Brakauskas-Providence Catholic
College: Miami - Ohio
Stats: 417 assists, 164 kills, 42 aces, 222 digs, 79 blocks
Notable: All-tournament at Plainfield North, Oak Lawn, Rich East, Autumnfest, co-captain, three-year starter, committed to Miami (Ohio).
Coach Rachel Ellingson: “Krista is the heart and soul of the team. She is a true captain and leader.”
Hill started all for years on varsity, All area team 3 years in a row; MVP 2 years in a row. She capped her senior year by guiding Bolingbrook Raiders to new school record with most wins in program history. This season she had 349 kills, 220 digs and 58 blocks.earned Varsity letter both years. Captain of club team 2009.
Named on SportsTownChicago's top rated sophomore list of 2010
All-SouthWest Suburban, all-tournament at United Township, Waubonsie Valley, Team MVP, two-time Herald-News All-Area.
"Ciara Hill was Bolingbrook High School's leading point scorer for the past 3 years. She started on varsity all 4 years of her high school career and was a big impact on the team offensively. She is a very talented athlete and it has been a joy to see her skill progress through the years." Andrea Bercot
Jessica Brezwyn-Hinsdale South
Position: Outside Hitter
College: UNC- Greensboro
Jessica has been a 4 yr varsity starter, 4 time All Conference, 2011 & 2012 Team Kill Leader, 2012 Prep Volleyball Top 250 Senior Aces
2012 Under Armour HS All American Honorable Mention, 2012 Chicago Sun Times All Area 1st team, 2011 & 2012 S\Daily Herald DuPage County All Area Team, 2012 St Charles Mizuno Cup All Tournament Team
2010 & 2012 Plainfield North Invite All Tournament Team, 2011 Wheaton Classic All Tournament Team, 2011 AAU's All American
Morgan Reardon- Joliet Catholic
Position: Outside Hitter
College: Loyola University Chicago
Reardon is the latest in a long line of superlative volleyball players for Joliet Catholic. She averaged 10 kills, nine digs, and 4.2 service points per match for the Angels. She was named to the all-tournament teams at the Asics Challenge, the Mizuno Scholastic Cup, and the Glenbard East Autumnfest Tournament. She will graduate as the fourth-leading attacker in Joliet Catholic history behind 2007 Gatorade National Player of the Year Kelly Murphy, DePaul Basketball standout Allie Quigley and Wisconsin's Annemarie Hickey.
"Morgan is one of the best players I have ever coached. She has had a tremendous impact on our team the past three years and is a big reason for all the success we've had. She was a marked person by other teams, yet she was always able to come up with the big kill, big serve or the big defensive play. She is simply irreplaceable." - Joliet Catholic coach Chris Scheibe.
Meghan McDowell-Hinsdale Central
Position: Outside Hitter/Setter
College: University of Virginia
McDowell verbally committed to Virginia nearly a year ago and plans on cementing her agreement with the Cavaliers in November on the first day of the signing period. She will become the only player from the Midwest for Virginia, which recruits heavily from Texas. McDowell plays club volleyball for Aurora-based Sports Performance and Moran was a club coach for Sports Elite, an club affiliated with Sports Performance in Barrington. “Meghan is really a leader of her teammates,” Moran said. “She and Lucy
Crofton were named captains. When the team does not work hard enough, I know she’ll
tell them to work harder. She knows she can always come to me and I’ll address it.”
Position: Outside Hitter
College: Oakland Detriot
4 year varsity starter she led the 2012 York team in kills,digs and aces and was third in blocks. Excellent 6 rotation player named to the Benet Invite All Tournament Team and the Sun Times, Daily Herald and local all area teams. West Suburban Silver Division All Conference. Also named an AAU All American in helping her club team to the Open Division AAU National Chapionship in 2011.
Danielle Davis-Bloomington Central Catholic
Position: Outside Hitter
College: University of Illinois
In a sport dominated by 6-footers, the 5-8 outside hitter averaged 4.3 kills per game this year to rank second in the area. She also averaged a team-leading 4.2 digs.
“She’s a great kid,” said first-year Saints coach J.R. Banister. “I’m glad I had the privilege to coach her this year.”
Davis finished with 1,178 kills and 1,368 digs in four years as a starter.
Davis led Central to a 28-8 overall record and second place in the Corn Belt Conference at 11-3. The Saints reached the Class 3A regional final by knocking off league champion University High.
With Davis in the lineup the past four years, Central went 111-36 for a .755 winning percentage.
The three-time Pantagraph All-Area first-team selection helped the Saints finish third in Class 2A during her 30-10 sophomore season.
From her freshman year on, Davis was known for explosive power. She can jump and touch 9 feet, 4½ inches high.
Mallory Wilczynski-Cary Grove
Position: Middle Block
College: Bryant University
Class 4a State Champions 2009
Class 4a State Runner-Up 2010, 2011
Asic Challenge Champions 2010
Fox Valley All-Area Team Honorable Mention 2010, 2011
2 year Varsity starter
Kelly Clarke-Mother McAuley
Position: Middle Block
Kelly Clarke is a strong presence in the middle with 103 kills and 43 blocks this season. Her ability to lead the team under pressure is her greatest atribute. Kelly is a hard worker who sets the tone for the work level in our practices.
Logan Walling-Normal University High School
Position: Middle Block
Logan was a 3-year starter on the Normal U-High Varsity team and was named a Corn Belt All Conference player the past two years and Pantagraph All-Area her junior year. She led her team in blocks the past two years and also led in hitting % and ace serves. Walling finished the regular season with 267 kills, 101 blocks and 52 aces.
Coach Karen Valouche says, "Logan is an outstanding team leader on and off of the volleyball court. She works hard to help others, has a great attitude,and is always striving to improve her skills. She is an awesome role model for our younger players and does a great job leading by example."
Emily Lindemulder-Chicago Christian
Position: Middle Hitter
Lindemulder is in her fourth season on the Knights varsity for Chicago Christian volleyball.
You’ve been to state three times, winning one title and finishing second twice. Do you feel kind of spoiled?
I guess so. Yeah, it’s a blessing to be with these girls for so long, too.
What’s the best part about volleyball?
Just the intensity of every single point.
If you could have a player from another team be your teammate, who would it be?
Amber Clay, of Marian (Catholic). Her serves are so exciting. I have a similar serve. If both of the serves were put together, I think it would be a good team.
Team Pink- COACH Jami Parker-Edwardsville
Emily Milligan- Nazareth Academy
College: North Dakota State
Milligan led her team in aces and serving percentage, and averaged five digs per game. She was a unanimous All-East Suburban Catholic Conference selection, and was named to the all-tournament teams at the Body and Sole Charger Invitational and the Darla Moldenhauer Boilermaker Classic. She helped lead the Roadrunners to back-to-back regional titles.
Quote: "Emily is one of the most intense players I have ever coached, whether in practice or a match. She always brings the same hustle and determination." - Nazareth Academy coach Wayne Saunders.
Kayla Katarzynski-West Chicago
College: University of Illinois Springfield
Kayla is a 3 year starter at Libero for West Chicago HS. She was named captain in 2012. Coming into the season Kayla was named Chicago Sun Times Top 50 Chicagoland players, Daily Herald Top 250 players in Illinois. She was named the 2012 Most Improved Player at West Chicago. In the summer of 2012 Kayla played on the AAU Championship Team taking the Gold Medal in Orlando FL. Kayla shared the court with two of her sisters this season. Mary Kate a Junior and Ronni a freshman who both set for the WildCats.
Lauren Carlini-West Aurora
College: University of Wisconsin-Madison
The 2012 Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year was named the top college recruit in the nation by Prepvolleyball.com. She was named to the all-tournament teams at the Benet invite, the Glenbrook North Discovery Tournament and the Autumnfest Tournament hosted by Glenbard East.
Carlini is a four-year varsity letterwinner and was captain of the team for the past three years. Her dedication to her sport and her motivation to always be better set her apart. She dominates as a hitter, set up the offense as a setter and possesses a dynamite jump serve. She set an example by her own hard work as well as her ability to motivate her team.
McKenna Kelsay-St. Francis
The Spartans' standout setter notched a combined 64 assists last weekend in a 3A state semifinal win against Champaign Centennial and the state championship match against Richmond-Burton.
Kelsay received Division I recruiting attention from schools including Illinois and Michigan State
St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week.
Sophia Dodd-St. Ignatius
College: Wake Forest
Dodd, a Hinsdale resident headed to Wake Forest, is the Wolfpack’s starting setter. She has been named GCAC Red Division Player of the Year, 2012; Set Five Career Records in High School, the most of any individual in school history; Awarded AAU 16 Open Most Valuable Player (MVP)
“Sophia stepped up and took over offensively,” St. Ignatius coach Erik Eastman said.
Position: Outside hitter
College: Ohio University
Salis was named the MVP of the NIKE Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz., leading the RedHawks to the title of the 64-team tournament featuring some of the top teams from around the country.
Salis finished the season with 311 kills, 389 service receptions, 350 digs, 166 service points, 77 aces and 40 blocks. She was named the East Suburban Catholic Conference "Player of the Year" and to the all-tournament teams at the Wheaton Classic, Rich East and the Asics Challenge.
Tara Blake-Marian Central Catholic
Tara Blake has been a 3-year Varsity starter at Marian Central Catholic. Her position is on the outside, where she has been named AAU All-American two years in a row. In 2012, she amassed 283 kills and 270 digs. However, Tara played at setter for the first half of the season, so these numbers are significant in that she ended with a career high in kills for a season, even though she wasn't a full-time hitter . While Tara was setting, she made 155 assists.
Aside from the stats, she helped bring two state trophies back to Marian Central (3rd in 2010 and 2nd in 2011), 4 regional titles, 3 Sweet 16 appearances and helped create the most successful senior class the volleyball program has ever had. In 2012, Tara was named Northwest Herald All-Area 1st team, SCC Blue Division All--Conference, and team MVP. Tara finished her varsity career at Marian Central with 726 kills and 669 digs.
Caleigh Ryan- Glenbard West
Position: Setter/outside hitter
College: Northwestern University
Ryan scored game point against Downers Grove North to give the Hilltoppers their first conference title since 1984.
Ryan has been a four-year starter for Glenbard West. She was converted into a setter during her sophomore year. Her athleticism and leadership have been significant in Glenbard West's back-to-back 30-win seasons and more than 100 wins the past four years. Ryan has been named to eight all-tournament teams, and will graduate as the program's all-time assist leader with more than 2,012 assists, surpassing Amy Kendall (Miami of Ohio).
Jane Trzaska-Glenbard South
College:Armstrong Atlantic State University(Softball)
She has been a 4 year varsity starter and is having another outstanding season, she will graduate as the schools all time leader in kills and aces.
Three-time Metro Suburban All-Conference choice 2010, 2011, 2012; Metro Suburban Conference MVP 2012; Two-time team MVP 2011, 2012; Daily Herald All Area 1st team 2012; Sun Times 3rd team All-Area 2012; Voted to All-Tournament teams at Wheaton North, Downers Grove North and Glenbard West tournaments in 2012.
Her Coach states, "She is one of the best outside hitters in DuPage County, and is the most intelligent player I have coached. Our team has had a very good season and just won conference."
College: University of Illinois - Champaign
2012: O'Fallon High School Volleyball record was 32-7, and Regional Champs.
St. Louis area leader in kills, 508 and aces, 88
Team leader in digs, 320 and serves received 418. Also had 47 blocks.
Under Armour All-American second team.
Career: First team All-Conference 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Belleville News-Democrat 1st team 2009, 2010, 2011
All-State Special Mention 2009, First Team 2010 and 2011
Varsity Basketball team leader in rebounds and blocked shots for freshman, sophomore and junior seasons
Amanda Dolan-Lincoln Way Central
Stats: 239 kills, 165 blocks
Dolan was the All-SouthWest Suburban Blue, all-tournament at Lincoln-Way Central, captain.
Coach Kathy Sulkowski: “Amanda’s blocking was stellar, and she was an offensive powerhouse for us.”
Corinne Gajcak-Naperville North
I play Outside Hitter and I'm a six rotation player for the Varsity Volleyball team at Naperville North High School in Naperville, IL. I have played Outside Hitter for Varsity since my sophomore season. I now play DS/Libero for Sports Performance Volleyball Club in Aurora, IL. I am at the Libero for the 18 Blue Team . I was a member of the SPVB 16 Elite (16-1) team in 2010-2011 as a Libero/OH and I played Outside Hitter and was a captain of the SPVB 15 Elite (15-1) team in 2009-2010.
Selected to 2011 All-Area (outside hitter) DuPage County by Daily Herald, Selected to the 2011 All-Area (outside hitter) by Naperville Sun. Fall 2011: Selected by sportstownchicago.com as one of the top juniors in Chicago Metropolitan area. Fall 2010: Selected by sportstownchicago.com as on of the top sophomores in the Chicago Metropolitan area.
College: Southwest Minnesota State
Parker is on the All Conference Academic Team; 1st Team All Conference (athletic Southwestern Conference); Offensive Player of the Year; Co MVP of the Year; Broke/Holds 8 school season/career records @ EHS; Earned her 8th Varsity Letter (4 VB, 3 BB, 1 Track) ;Selected to the Illinois All Star Team; Selected as the Alton Telegraph Fall Sport Player of the Year (Large Schools); Sarah will lay for High Performance VBC 18U Gold
Hannah Lee-Whitney Young
Played on 1st Alliance 16 silver and won AAU National Championships in 2011
Selected for the Chicago Sun Times top 50 Volleyball players in August of 2012
Varsity starter at Whitney Young since freshman year
High School team has won the CPS City Championships in 2010, 2011,and 2012.
Zhou amassed more than 520 assists, 167 kills, 156 digs and 38 aces during the regular season and led the team in aces and assists, was second in kills and third in digs. She was named to the all-tournament team at the Wheaton Classic.
Zhou holds the Libertyville school record in assists with more than 1,900 in her four-year varsity career, although she set a 6-2 as a freshman. Zhou has led the team to two North Suburban Conference titles in three seasons and has more than 120 career victories as a Wildcat.