By Pat Brozynski

AVCA has its eye on 44 players from Illinois

courtney keefe lemont.jpgLemont's Courtney Keefe (right) is on the AVCA watch list.


The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) recenty released its list of 382 players from 38 states who are on the watch list for selection to the 2010-2011 Under Armour All-America team.

Forty-four players from Illinois are on the list. Student-athletes must have completed their senior year of eligibility, their head coach must be a member in good standing of AVCA, and the coach must use MaxPreps.com to distribute data.

The 24 players selected to the first team will be invited to participate in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match and Skills Competition in conjunction with the 2010 AVCA Annual Convention December 18 in Kansas City, Mo.

The players on the watch list from Illinois are:

Alina Agamy, 5-9, DS, Bloomington
Lauren Arnold, 5-11, OH, Moline
Katherine Battle, 5-9, DS, Naperville Central
Jocelyn Birks 6-3, OH, Lyons
Melissa Bograd, 5-7, DS, Lemont
Jillian Briner, 5-10, S/RS, Oak Park
Sierra Burris, 5-8, L/OH, Illini Central
Ellen Chapman, 6-4, OH, Glenbrook South
Victoria Clifford, 5-3, DS, Glenbard West
Kara Conway, 6-1, M, New Trier
Hannah Crippen, 6-0, S, Plainfield North
Morganne Criswell, 6-1, MB, Decatur Lutheran
Chelsey Cunningham, 6-0, MB, Whitney Young
Alexis Davito, 5-9, OH, Lockport
Jenna Duddleston, 5-8, S, De La Salle
Mari Faines, 6-2, MB, Walter Payton Prep
Kaisley Fisher, 6-2, MB/RS, Plainfield North
Tracy Friel, 5-10, S, Crystal Lake Central
Kristin Heldt, 6-3, MB/OH, Peotone
Chelsi Hummert, 5-11, S/OH, Freeburg
Erin Juley, 5-10, RS/S, Lyons
Courtney Keefe, 5-11, OH, Lemont
Shealyn Kolosky, 6-2, MB, Wheaton Warrenville South
Kelly Lamberti, 6-0, OH, Cary-Grove
Morgan Leach, 6-3, MB, Champaign Centennial
Laura Luczak, 6-0, L, Glenbard West
Molly McCoy, 6-0, OH, Wheaton Academy
Claire Miller, 5-11, OH, New Trier
Molly Murphy, 5-5, DS/L, Marist
Jamie Netisingha, 5-4, L, Hinsdale Central
Val Nichol, 6-0, L/S, Normal U-High
Caroline Niedospial, 5-6, L, Marist
Kelsey Nobilio, 5-6, L, Johnsburg
Haley Norris, 5-4, DS/L, Rosary
Lara Ontko, 5-11, DS/OH, Benet Academy
Kayla Price, 5-9, S, Fremd
Kaley Sierawski, 6-1, MB/OH, Palatine
Colleen Smith, 6-0, S, Cary-Grove
Courtney Thomas, 6-0, OH/S, DeKalb
Meg Vonderhaar, 6-2, OH, St. Francis
Julia Watkins, 5-11, MB, Lyons
Lainey Wyman, 6-1, MB, Joliet Catholic
Emily Young, 6-2, RS/S, Schaumburg

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Kaitlyn King, a 5-foot-9 senior setter at Benet Academy, has verbally committed to play Division I volleyball at the University of Maryland.

"I absolutely love everything about Maryland, especially the direction the volleyball program is going, the coaches and the Comcast Center," King said. "When I visited, I knew immediately this is where I wanted to be."

King set last year's team that went 35-5 and advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to Quincy in the Normal supersectional. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the honor roll every semester at Benet.

Meanwhile, teammate Jenna Jendryk, a 6-foot junior setter/opposite hitter, has verbally committed to play Division I volleyball at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Jendryk played for Sports Performance's AAU 18 Open division national champion.

"Jenna is high level athlete who comes from a great volleyball family," Benet coach Brad Baker said. "She has an extremely fast arm and her great athletism allows for to be a difference-maker on the court."

Jendryk was a member of the 2008 Benet team that finished second in the state and played middle hitter for last year's 35-5 team.

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