Former St. Francis and current Sports Performance 18 Elite setter Kristen Kelsay, a Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection, did not take long to find a new home after decommitting from Nebraska a few weeks ago.
The daughter of Big Ten parents - dad is a Minnesota alum, mom went to Iowa - Kelsay has opted to attend Michigan State in the fall.
Kelsay decommitted from Nebraska after former UCLA setter and Pac 10 "Freshman of the Year" Lauren Cook left the west coast powerhouse to return home and attend Nebraska, where her father John Cook has been head coach for 10 years.
Sports Performance 17 Mizuno's surprising 22-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-13 victory over Sky High 17 Black in the finals of the Great Lakes Center Presidents' Day Challenge might have improved the stock of a couple of local players.
Unfortunately, by the time the match was played late Monday, only a handful of parents were on hand to watch.
Three key figures in the host team's win were libero Natalia Skiba of Hinsdale Central, Waubonsie Valley outside hitter Martha Stewart and Benet outside hitter Lara Ontko. Skiba, an outside hitter during the high school season, is destined for defense in college.
"I'm not tall enough to hit in college," Skiba admitted. "But I love to hit."
Among those who attended the tournament was Benet coach Brad Baker, who had to be thrilled with Ontko's performance for SPVB 17 Mizuno. He also had to be happy with sophomores middle hitter Meghan Haggerty and setter/outside hitter Jenna Jendryk, whose SPVB Elite team won the 18s title.
A player to watch in 2010 is Prospect and Sky High 17 Black outside hitter Sarah Hunt. Hunt has been balancing playing basketball for her Prospect High School team while playing club volleyball for the Crystal Lake-based Sky High.
"I try to do as much of both (basketball and volleyball) as I can," Hunt said. "I don't want to put one over the other. I am going to all my basketball practices, and when basketball is over I will dedicate myself completely to volleyball. I will try to do the same next year."
Volleyball will have to wait another week to get the 6-foot-3 Hunt's full attention. Her Prospect basketball team defeated Stevenson 42-38 Thursday to advance to sectional play next week.
However, Hunt, who is only in her second year of club volleyball, said she is leaning toward volleyball in college.
"College volleyball really appeals to me," she said.