Scouting the 2013 Illinois girls volleyball all-area team

Scouting the 2013 Illinois girls volleyball all-area team

2013-11-27T16:00:00Z 2014-06-11T20:32:54Z Scouting the 2013 Illinois girls volleyball all-area teamTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 27, 2013 4:00 pm  • 

FIRST TEAM

Amber Clay | Marian Catholic

Stats: 277 kills, 218 digs, 69 blocks, 31 aces.

Height/Position: 5-11/OH

Class: Senior

Analysis: The Times Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 was again an all-East Suburban Catholic player. She was also all-tourney at Plainfield Central and Rich East. Marian's career kills leader will play next season at West Point. "The talent of a superstar, the humility of a role-player," coach Ryan Summers said.

Rachel Herrera | Illiana Christian

Stats: 186 digs, 74-percent receiving serve, 86 percent serving.

Height/Position: 5-2/Libero

Class: Junior

Analysis: All-tourney at Manteno, all-Metro Suburban, and a two-year varsity starter. "Rachel is a wonderful teammate," coach Nikki Van Dyke said. "She always has a smile on her face and pushes her teammates to become the best that they can be."

Skylar Hildebrand | Homewood-Flossmoor

Stats: 342 digs, 28 aces.

Height/Position: 5-4/Libero

Class: Senior

Analysis: Three-year starter, two-time all-area, all-SouthWest Suburban Blue and all-tourney selection at Champaign Centennial. "Skylar has anchored our back row for three years now, and shined this year in so many ways," coach Tony Kruse said. "Her passing is pinpoint and her competitiveness is something I wish every athlete could have."

Ashtyn Kapovich | T.F. South

Stats: 226 digs, 86 percent serve receive, 18 aces.

Height/Position: 5-4/Libero

Class: Senior

Analysis: The Two-time all-South Suburban Blue and two-time Times all-area pick was everywhere on defense for the Rebels. "The best libero in the area," coach Kim Sands said. "Without her excellent defensive skills, we would not have been as competitive as we were."

Crystal Lee | T.F. South

Stats: 186 kills, 73 blocks, 172 digs, 140 service points, 37 aces.

Height/Position: 5-8/OH

Class: Junior

Analysis: Heavy hitter led the 26-5 Rebels. Times and South Suburban Blue player of the year. All-tourney at Joliet Central and the tourney MVP at Oak Lawn. "Crystal is a great all-around player with a very powerful and consistent attack," Sands said.

Abbe Mullen | T. F. South

Stats: 429 assists, 4 setting errors. 137 service points. 74 digs.

Height/Position: 5-5/Setter

Class: Senior

Analysis: The All-South Suburban Red and all-tourney pick at Lincoln-Way Central was a nearly flawless distributor who kept all of the Rebels' hitters happy. "Abby's a smart setter who very efficiently ran the offense," Sands said.

Jamie Petrarca | Illiana Christian

Stats: 211 kills, 209 blocks.

Height/Position: 6-1/Middle blocker

Class: Junior

Analysis: A steadying force on the Vikings' front row, she was all-Metro Suburban and all-tourney at Chicago Christian. "An amazing leader off and on the court," coach Nikki Van Dyke said.

Paige Seehausen | Illinois Lutheran

Stats: 176 kills, 190 digs, 98 percent serving.

Height/Position: 5-8/Outside hitter

Class: Senior

Analysis: Two-time all-conference and Times all-area player, Lutheran's second-year captain was an explosive outside hitter and earned all-tourney honors at Manteno. "As Paige went, so did Illinois Lutheran," coach Rob Matthias said.

Kendyl Todd | Marian Catholic

Stats: 99 blocks, 162 kills, 47 aces.

Height/Position: 5-11/MH

Class: Senior

Analysis: The two-time all-area player plus an all-tourney selection at both Lincoln-Way North and Rich East is also Marian's all-time leader in career blocks and aces. "She is probably the hardest-working kid I've ever coached," Summers said.

SECOND TEAM

Keara Cunningham | 5-9/Sr. | OH/MH | St. Francis de Sales

55 kills, 95 digs, 24 blocks, 14 assists, all-GCAC White.

Stephanie Galan | 5-3/Sr. | S/OH | St. Francis de Sales

124 assists, 104 digs, 52 kills, 32 aces, all-GCAC White.

Briana Lilly | 6-2/Jr. | OH | T.F. South

147 blocks, 142 kills, honorable mention all-South Suburban Blue.

Angela Schrementi | 5-6/Sr. | L | Illinois Lutheran

236 digs, 26 aces, all-River Valley.

Danielle Snuckel | 5-7/Jr. | OH | Beecher

126 kills, 255 digs, 94 percent serving, 33 aces, 7 blocks, all-River Valley first team.

Savanah Stluka | 5-5/So. | S/RH | Beecher

170 digs, 82 kills, 92 percent serving, 43 aces, 22 blocks, all-River Valley first team, all-tourney at Manteno.

Kandace Tate | 6-4/Sr. | MB | Homewood-Flossmoor

177 kills, 54 blocks, all-SouthWest Suburban Red, signed to play basketball at Eastern Illinois.

Sydnee VanBeek | 6-1/So. | OH | Illiana Christian

243 kills, 97 blocks, 47 aces, all-tourney at Manteno.

Hannah Wegner | 5-6/Sr. | S | Illiana Christian

613 assists, 75 digs, 26 blocks, 90 percent serving, 27 aces.

HONORABLE MENTION

Beecher: Vanna Lowe, Sydney Zupan, Kasidy Houlihan. Bloom: Kaylee Siriani, Morgan Zimmerman, Tiffany Evancho, Skye McNutt. Crete-Monee: Mackenzie Kacich, Bayle Bennett. Homewood-Flossmoor: Kat Whited, Lexi Jung. Illinois Lutheran: Carly Seehausen. Marian Catholic: Madeline Huekels, Debra Miller. St. Francis de Sales: Jensen Hunt, Erika Galan, Bianca Garcia, Mayra Munoz. T.F. North: Tyra Johnson, Abimola "Ester" Fagbemi Thornwood: Madison Schweitzer

--Compiled by Phil Arvia

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