By Phil Brozynski
It's time to start thinking Illinois girls volleyball again, and with that comes the news that Prepvolleyball.com recently released its list of the top collegiate recruiting classes of 2009.
The top 30 are ranked 1-30, the next 15 are listed as "highest honorable mention," and 45 others received either "high honorable mention" or "honorable mention" recognition.
Illinois high school graduates impacted only eight of the top 30 recruiting classes. Here are the programs featuring Illinois athletes and their ranking:
2. Nebraska - Hannah Werth, an outside hitter from Chatham Glenwood, was ranked No. 4 on Prepvolleyball.com's list of 100 Senior Aces.
8. Purdue - Courtney Gosewisch, a 5-foot-9 libero from Downers Grove South, helped make this perhaps Purdue's best class ever.
14. Baylor - Six-foot outside hitter Kiley Sherman from Oswego East is called a "prototype ball control outside hitter."
20. Ohio State - Defensive specialist Kelsey Bowler from Naperville North and 6-foot setter Amanda Peterson of Glenbard East join the Buckeyes.
21. North Carolina - Emily McGee from Naperville Central is expected to make an immediate impact for the Tar Heels.
22. Indiana - Sycamore's Sam Thrower joins Nebraska transfer and former Illinois prep star Jordan Haverly to help boost the Hoosiers' standing in the Big Ten.
27. Missouri - Naperville North defensive whiz Melissa Ferri joins a strong group of defenders in Columbia.
28. Illinois - Benet's Jessica Jendryk, Crystal Lake South's Erin Johnson, Taylor Onion from Rushville-Industry and Jackie Wolfe from Wheaton Warrenville South join Connecticut transfer and former WW South setter Annie Luhrsen in new head coach Kevin Hambly's first class.
Impacting the highest honorable mention group are: York's Ellen Ribar (Colorado); Hersey's Shelly Mueller (Marquette); Bradley's Kara Bates and Oak Park's Sara Shannon (Maryland); and Burlington Central's Molly Turk (Northern Iowa).
Helping their college destinations crack the high honorable mention ranking are: Benet's Val Mattaliano (Boston College); Waubonsie Valley's Kari Galen (Bowling Green); and Lake Forest Academy's Tanya Mirutenko and Benet's Natalie Patzin (Clemson).
Also, Benet's Paige Vargas (Dayton); Mother McAuley's Kelly Griffin and Elizabeth Sweeney (Western Michigan); and Fenwick's Claire Liston (Wisconsin).