By Pat Brozynski

July 2010 Archives

Let's see...138 divided by three equals?

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The 2010 volleyball season will tip off three weeks from Monday, so it is time to start identifying some of the top players in the Chicago area. Here is the first installment of the names being considered for the Sun-Times top 50 players in the area:

Katie Ayello, 5-5, Jr., L, St. Edward
Amelia Anderson, 6-1, Jr., MH, Crystal Lake Central
Dominique Aramburu, 5-6, Jr., DS, Mother McAuley
Ryann Arundel, 5-8, Jr., S, Mother McAuley
Erienne Barry, 5-10, So., S, St. Charles East
Klaudia Basierak, 6-0, Jr., MH, Grayslake Central
Alyssa Basnik, 5-10, So., S, Naperville Central
Kaitlyn Beckow, 5-11, Sr., MH, Evergreen Park
Camissa Beghou, 6-0, Sr., OH, New Trier
Mandy Beniac, 5-4, Sr., L, Lincoln-Way North
Jocelyn Birks, 6-2, Sr., OH, Lyons
Melissa Bograd, 5-7, Sr., L, Lemont
Sam Boesch, 5-10, Jr., OH, Huntley
Jessica Brezwyn, 5-9, So., OH, Hinsdale South
Brittany Brown, 5-11, Jr., OH, Nazareth
Jenny Buczek, 5-9, Sr., OH, Sandburg
Elle Burchett, 5-10, Sr., OH, Providence
Hannah Burkle, 6-2, Sr., MH, Crystal Lake South
Lauren Carlini, 6-0, So., S/OH, West Aurora
Ellen Chapman, 6-5, Sr., OH, Glenbrook South
Delaney Clesen, 5-8, Sr., S, Evanston
Courtney Collins, 5-10, Sr., OH, Marist
Julia Conard, 5-9, Jr., OH, West Chicago
Hannah Crippen, 6-0, Sr., S, Plainfield North
Chelsea Cunningham, 6-0, Sr., MH, Whitney Young
Ally Davis, 6-1, Jr., OH, Hinsdale Central
Sarah Dent, 5-9, Sr., OH, Von Steuben
Becky DeRuiter. 6-0, So., MH. Chicago Christian
Olivia Desormey, 6-1, Sr., MH, St. Charles East
Amy Dion, 5-6, Jr., L, Huntley
Sophia Dodd, 5-10, So., S, St. Ignatius
Amy Drabant, 5-11, Sr., S, Wheaton Warrenville South
Casey Durham, 6-3, Jr., OH, Evanston
Mari Faines, 6-2, Sr., MH, Payton
Alyson Farm, 5-11, Sr., OH, Benet
Britanny Finke, 5-10, Jr., OH, Harvard
Kaisley Fisher, 6-3, Sr., MH, Plainfield North
Tracy Friel, 5-10, Sr., S, Crystal Lake Central
Alexandra Funk, 5-10, Sr., OH, Lake Forest
Katie Gallagher, 5-8, Sr., S, York
Abby Gilleland, 5-10, Jr., S, Marian Central
Brianna Grant, 5-11, Jr., MH, Antioch
Mary Grassano, 5-5, Jr., L, St. Ignatius
Meghan Haggerty, 6-2, Jr., MH, Benet
Arianna Hayden, 5-9, Jr., OH, DeLaSalle
Ashley Holder, 5-7, Jr., S, Marist

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Good luck to new Providence Catholic head coach Rachel Ellingson, who succeeds Nan Airola, and Trisha Kurth, who takes over for Colleen Reagan at Downers Grove South. Airola retired after 37 years of teaching and coaching at Providence, while Reagan stepped down to spend more time with her family.

Benet looking good (again) in the summer

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Benet's Jenna Jendryk (left) and Meghan Haggerty hold the AAU national championship trophy.


Summer camps. Summer league. College camps.

The beat goes on throughout Illinois as girls get ready for the 2010 season. At the Great Lakes Summer League, all eyes are on Benet, which lost four starters to graduation from last year's Elite Eight team but returns a ton of talent.

"Our size has overwhelmed people (during summer league play)," said coach Brad Baker. "This is the biggest team in Benet history.

The Redwings will be led this fall by juniors 6-foot-2 Meghan Haggerty and 6-foot Jenna Jendryk, who played on Sports Performance's AAU national champion 18-1 team during club season, outside htter Lara Ontko and setter Kaitlyn King.

Defensive specialists Kathleen Severyn and Grace Girardot also saw time last year.

"We have a good core back, no doubt," Baker said. "And a lot of them have been around for awhile."

Benet has been looking at 6-1 middle McKenzie Kuhn and 6-3 Gabby Pethokoukis in the middle while toying with the idea of Haggerty moving to the pin.

"It's summer," Baker said. "I want to see everybody at every position. So far, it's all worked."

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Watch out for Hinsdale Central this fall. Led by the very talented Ally Davis, a 6-foot-2 junior, 5-9 senior Natalia Skiba, 5-11 middle Katarina Milojevic and libero Jamie Netisingha, the Devils hope to avenge last year's loss to Benet in the sectional finals.

"This is my last chance," Skiba said. "I really want to get downstate."

Hinsdale Central, which in addition to its own camp has been participating in the Great Lakes Summer League, was scheduled to participate in the University of Illinois team camp this weekend.

"We are going to try to improve the team aspect," Skiba said. "We have some new, tall girls. I think blocking will be our strength."

Skiba has yet to make a college commitment. Wherever she goes, she will likely be a libero or defensive specialist.

"I want to play at the highest level possible," she said. "Once I find the right school, I'll commit."

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Despite the loss of Lauren Zerante to graduation, York should be one of the better teams in the western suburbs with the return of outside hitter Caroline Rose, outside hitter Morgan Semmelhack, and setters Katie Gallagher and Emily Iverson.

Iverson is the only senior among the four.

"We started camp this week (at York)," Rose said. "We're getting a little better every day. We have been working on not just utilizing our outsides but also our middles so the other team doesn't know where the ball is going."

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Schaumburg's 6-foot-1 setter/outside hitter Emily Young left July 22 for a week-long camp at USC, where she will be a freshman in the fall of 2011. Although she has visited the campus two or three times, this is the first time she will participate in the school's camp.

"It's pretty exciting," she said. "There should be about 200 girls there. The first three days are a all skills camp, then there is one day of setting and one day of defense."

Young is hopeful that the Saxons can compete with Fremd and Barrington in the Mid-Suburban West this fall.

"There will be some tough competition, but I expect us to finish first in the conference," she said. "That's our goal."

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Glenbard East coach Marci Maier is touting 5-foot-3 senior libero Mariah Carpio as someone to keep an eye on this fall. Despite her obvious shortcomings, Carpio saw some playing time at outside hitter last season.


D1 finishes fifth at USAV championships

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D1 18 Green Team at the 2010 USAV Junior National Championships in Austin, Texas. The team members are (top row, left to right) coach Adam Beck, Patrick Barry, David Suwada, Danny Podkowa, Matt Phillips and coach Matt Martin. (Bottom row, leftt to right) Peter Maniscalco, Jon Ruprecht, Reis Foster, Kevin Maxwell, Pedro Calatayud and Tim Nance. Photo courtesy of D1 Volleyball Club, Inc.


D1 Volleyball Club 18 Green placed fifth at the 2010 United States Volleyball Association (USAV) Boys Junior National Championships in Austin, Texas July 2-5.

D1 competed in the 18 Open division and defeated some of the club volleyball teams in the country over the four-day tournament, including Santa Monica 18 Black and Riptides OC 18 Orange from California. D1 was ousted by top-seeded Outrrigger Canoe Club (Hawaii), 32-30, 25-17, in the quarterfinals.

D1 18 Green was the top finisher from the Midwest region, which includes Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio, and was the only Midwest team to finish in the Top 10.

"This was an awesome finish to a truly memorable season," said D1 club director Shane Davis. "These kids really rose to the occasion and played very well against some of the best volleyball teams in the country."

Matt Phillips from Minooka was selected to the all-tournament team. Seven members of the team, including Phillips, will move on to play collegiate volleyball at St. Xavier, Robert Morris, St. Ambrose, Carthage and Loyola.

D1 has locations in Skokie and Palos Hills.


This first official girls volleyball practice is less than a month away and the first matches can be played in a little more than five weeks. Here are 94 players from "downstate" illinois who could make somebody's "top something" list by the time the season is done.

(There's one or two for whom I don't have heights or positions...but hey, it's a big state).

Alina Agamy, 5-10, Sr., OH/S, Bloomington
Tina Aguirre, 5-9, Jr., OH, Rantoul
Jessica Allhands, 5-11, Jr., OH, Watseka
Emma Anderson, 5-10, Sr., OH, Lincoln
Lucy Balich, 6-0, Sr., OH, Freeburg
Samantha Bedard, 5-7, So., S, Breese Mater Dei
Emily Becker, 6-0, So., MB, Belleville West
Sara Birk, 5-7, So., S, Belleville Althoff
Michelle Bivens, 5-6, Sr., OH, Valmeyer
Courtney Blair, 6-1, Sr., MB, Lanark Eastland
Kaley Boeckmann, 5-11, Sr., OH, Breese Mater Dei
Haley Bowles, 5-9, Sr., OH, Mt. Pulaski
Taylor Boyer, 5-3, Sr., L, Belleville East
Carley Bunting, 5-8, Sr., OH, Johnston City
Emily Burger, 5-10, Jr., S, Bloomington
Sierra Burris, 5-8, Sr., OH, Illini Central
Emma Cabutti, 5-9, Jr., OH, Mahomet-Seymour
Serena Calhoun, 5-8, Sr., MH, Danville Schlarman
Kelsey Card, 5-10, Sr., OH, Carlinville
Megan Casagrande, 5-11, Jr., MH, St. Thomas More
Stephanie Cathcart, 6-0, So., MB, Trenton Wesclin
Mariah Coleman, So., MH, Broadlands Heritage
Morganne Criswell, 6-1, Sr., MB, Decatur LSA
Madison Croft, 6-0, Sr., MB, Edwardsville
Maddie DePorter, 5-11, Sr., MB, Orion
Nicole DeVries, 5-9, Sr., S, Orangeville
Kelsey Dirks, 6-3, Jr., MH, Robinson
Olivia Downs, Sr., L, Fisher
Rachel Durchholz, 5-8, So., OH, Mt. Pulaski
Emily Eyer, 6-0, Sr., MB, Bloomington
Samantha Epenesa, 6-0, Jr., OH, Edwardsville
Tori Falter, 6-1, Sr., MH, Chatham Glenwood
Dakota Flesner, 5-7, Sr., OH, Payson Seymour
Kennedy Gabel, 5-4, Sr., OH, Toledo Cumberland
Shelby Geers, 5-11, Sr., OH, St. Joseph-Ogden
Mallory Gibson, 5-10, Sr., MH, Riverdale
Katie Graham, 5-11, Sr., MH, Carlinville
Jessica Greer, 5-6, Jr., MH, First Baptist
Abby Hanger, 5-6, Sr., S, Belleville West
Katelyn Hasken, 5-8, Sr., OH, Lanark Eastland
Abbie Heise, 6-2, So., S/MB, Springfield Lutheran
Kristina Henley, 5-10, Sr., OH, Massac County
Maddie Hogan, 5-5, Sr., L, Freeburg
Chelsi Hummert, 5-11, Sr., MB, Freeburg
Erica Johnson, 5-9, Sr., OH, Trenton Wesclin
Kara Johnson, 5-9, So., OH, Champaign Centennial
Brielle Jones, Sr., MH, Deland-Weldon
Hillary Keltner, 5-11, Sr., Belleville Althoff
Esther Kemper, 5-7, Sr., L, Champaign Central
Kasi Korza, 6-1, Sr., OH, Springfield
Morgan Leach, 5-11, Sr., MB, Champaign Centennial
Alyssa Lelm, 5-10, So., MB, Deer Creek-Mackinaw
Hope Linker, 5-8, Sr., S, Lanark Eastland
Gina Long, 5-8, Sr., OH, Alexis (United)
Abbie Magrini, 5-6, Jr., L, Mahomet-Seymour
Laura Marley, 5-7, Sr., S, Athens
Morgan Martels, 6-1, Sr., MH, Sterling
Victoria May, 5-8, Sr., S, Riverdale
Becca Millage, 5-9, Sr., OH, St. Thomas More
Logan Moore, 5-4, Sr., S, Mahomet-Seymour
Missy Muckensturm, 5-10, Sr., OH, Belleville Althoff
Alison Mueller, 5-11, Jr, OH, Breese Mater Dei
Kelsey Mueller, 5-11, So., MB, Freeburg
Val Nichol, 6-1, Sr., OH, Normal U-High
Samantha Nichols, 5-11, Sr., MH, Mt. Pulaski
Me'Ashah Nicholson, 6-0, Sr., MB, Belleville Althoff
Alex Pelmore, 5-8, Sr., OH, Champaign Central
Sydney Potts, 5-8, Sr., OH, Benton
Catherine Richards, 5-10, So., MH, Payson Seymour
Kelsey Robertson, 6-1, Sr., MH, Freeburg
Katie Roustio, 6-1, So., OH, O'Fallon
Katie Ryan, 5-8, Sr., OH, Girard
Megan Scharnett, 5-7, Sr., OH, Champaign Centennial
Madeline Schoen, 5-11, Sr., OH, Belleville Althoff
Brooke Schulte, 5-9, Sr., OH, Breese Mater Dei
Rachel Simmons, 5-5, Sr., OH, Harrisburg
Erin Smith, 5-3, Sr., S, Payson Seymour
Mercedes Sparks, 5-9, Sr., MH, Toledo Cumberland
Madison Sparling, 5-8, Sr., S, Toledo Cumberland
Dakota Springer, 5-8, Sr., OH, Heyworth
Madison Stephens, 5-6, Sr., S, Massac County
Brittany Stribling, 5-6, Sr., S, A-C Central
Nicole Strieker, 5-9, Sr., S, Breese Mater Dei
Carly Thomas, 6-1, Sr., S, Belleville Althoff
Danielle Thompson, 5-11, Sr., S, Blue Ridge
Kelly Wachtel, 6-0, Jr., MH, Champaign Centennial
Nichole Wagenbach, 6-0, Sr., OH, Tremont
Kacey Wahlig, 5-5, Sr., S, Freeburg
Lauren Wethers, 5-8, Sr., OH, Collinsville
Kylie Welch, 5-5, Sr., S, Raymond-Lincolnwood
Erika White, 6-1, Sr., S, Jacksonville Routt
Abbey Winter, 6-0, Sr., MH, Breese Mater Dei
Haley Witts, Sr., S, Cerro Gordo
Kaitlyn Zelhart, Jr., 5-11, MH, Blue Ridge


The Illinois High School Sand Volleyball League, the result of the efforts of Brother Rice volleyball coach Paul Ickes, gets underway with its first set of matches on Monday, July 12 at Circle Park (97th and Homan) on the city's south side.

Teams can still form prior to Sunday, July 11. Participants signing up this week are required to attend a scheduling meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at Brother Rice High School.

There are three ways a team can sign up: through their schools, through their clubs or as an independent. Downloadable forms for all three are also at www.brvolleyball.com. Eligible players and divisions range from incoming freshmen through graduated seniors.

"If successful, our league and tournament would be the first statewide high school sand offering in the country," Ickes said. "We just need a few more teams, especially in the younger age divisions for both boys and girls, to move forward with a full program."

Fore more information, go to www.brvolleyball.com.


Congratulations to the girls of Sky High (Crystal Lake) 16 Black, who followed up their impressive win at the AAU championships in Orlando two weeks ago with a third-place finish at the USAV Championships last week in Reno.

Sky High, which some experts penned would not even place in the top 10 at Reno, beat Skyline Juniors and Nike Six Pack then upset heavily-favored Club Red to reach the semifinals where it lost to eventual champion Nebraska Juniors 16-1 26-24, 22-25, 15-7.

Oddly, Nebraska Juniors, led by the Rolfzen twins, Kadie and Amber, had not even won a tournament this season until beating Sports Performance 16-1 in the finals of the National Junior Classic May 29-31 at the Great Lakes Center.

Members of Sky High 16 Black are: Amelia Anderson (Lake in the Hills), Samantha Boesch (Lake in the Hills), Samantha Boehne (Elgin), Amy Dion (Algonquin), Abby Gilleland (Bull Valley), Emma Hussey (Woodstock), Melani Jereb (Cary), Amanda Orchard (Lake Zurich), Ashley Rosch (Fox River Grove) and Caroline Sdregas (Crystal Lake).

Gilleland was named MVP at the AAU tournament while Dion and Rosch were named All-American. This has been quite a year for Rosch, who was a starting middle hitter on Cary-Grove's 2009 Class 4A state championship team.

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Also, hats off to 1st Alliance 17 Silver, which finished fifth in the 17 Open division at the USAV championships; Rolling Thunder 16 Blue, which finished second in the 16 National division losing to Main Beach 25-22, 21-25, 15-5 in the title match; and Rolling Thunder 17 Blue, which finished ninth in the 17 National division.

Heidi Sierks, Victoria Lanzillotti and Taylor Pippen earned all-tournament honors from Rolling Thunder 16 Blue.

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