By Phil Brozynski
Ann Carroll, a 6-foot middle blocker from Arlington Heights and Hersey High School, was named second team Academic All-American by Prepvolleyball.com.
Carroll is ranked fourth in her class of 501 students, an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. She has a 5.51 grade point average and plans to play volleyball next fall at Harvard.
Carroll amassed 217 kills with 96 blocks and a team-leading 45 aces for Hersey, which finished 30-9 and won the Mid-Suburban East conference championship. She was named all-conference and all-area by a suburban daily newspaper.
"Ann was a dominating force at the net, one of the best blockers in Hersey's history," said coach Nancy Lill. "She is a bright, intense, yet team-oriented athlete who has left her mark at Hersey. I think the term 'scholar-athlete' exemplifies Ann Carroll more than any other athlete I have ever coached in 28 years."
Prepvolleyball.com's Academic All Americans are presented in five teams of eight plus a "Highest Honorable Mention" category. The teams consist loosely of five attackers, two setters and a defensive player.
Players were nominated by high school or club coaches who can affirmatively support a player's candidacy with specific academic information.
Alyssa Warren, a junior outside hitter at Class 3A state champion Joliet Catholic, recently verbally committed to play volleyball at Seton Hall beginning in fall 2010. Warren is currently playing club ball with Sports Performance 18 White.
The field is set for the Wheaton Warrenville South "Tiger Classic" Boys Invitational Volleyball Tournament April 2-4, formerly the "Best of Illinois" tournament.
Illinois teams participating this spring are Buffalo Grove, Oak Park, Lake Park, Wheaton North, Glenbrook North, New Trier, Andrew, Lincoln-Way Central, Naperville Central, Brother Rice, York, Stagg and Waubonsie Valley.
Also, Evanston, Oak Lawn, Glenbrook South, Lincoln-Way East, St. Rita, Marist, Wheaton Warrenville South, Naperville North and Sandburg.
Out-of-state teams scheduled to appear are DeSmet Jesuit from Creve Coeur, Missouri and Archbishop Moeller from Cincinnati, Ohio.