From "On Wisconsin" to "There's No Place Like Nebraska."
Former Benet 6-foot-3 middle hitter and 2011 Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection Meghan Haggerty, who originally committed to Wisconsin, has switched her commitment and will play for Nebraska in the fall.
Haggerty is a 2012 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 selection, Under Armour first-team All-American, ranked No. 14 on the list of Senior Aces by PrepVolleyball.com, one of the top 25 seniors in the class of 2012 by ESPN, one of the best senior players by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and a 2011 second-team All-America by ESPNHS.
Haggerty's teammate Jenna Jendryk, who was originally committed to Virginia Tech, selected Dayton over Kansas State and Kentucky as her new destination. Jendryk also was a Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection who helped lead the Redwings to the 2011 Class 4A state title.
Jenna Jendryk's older sister, Jessica, who spent her first four years at Illinois but has one year of eligibility remaining after redshirting as a freshman, will play at St. Louis University in the fall while working toward a master's degree.
ESPN will award the Wheaton Warrenville South boys volleyball team with the Powerade FAB 50 Trophy at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22, during a school assembly in recognition of the team's final ranking atop the POWERADE FAB 50.
The FAB 50 is a weekly ranking of the nation's high school sports teams compiled by ESPNHS. Wheaton Warrenville South became the first Illinois team to end the season No. 1 in the nation in boys' volleyball. The Tigers completed their perfect run with a 25-21, 25-13 triumph over Glenbrook North in the IHSA state championship.
The Tigers, who finished 42-0 and became the seventh WW South team to win a state title, were also champions of the Buffalo Grove Bison Battle, the WW South Tiger Classic, the Downers Grove South Mustang Invite and the Richards Invitational.
Senior Thomas Jaeschke, a 6-foot-6 outside hitter and Loyola recruit, was selected Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year. Senior Matt Callaway, a 6-8 Penn State recruit, also was a first-team All-Area honoree. Tim Zyburt was a second team selection.
There's no confusion. It's Club Fusion.
According to statistics generated by RichKern.com, Club Fusion's Class of 2012 is top ranked club in the nation for college volleyball commitments. Thirty-six athletes will be headed to their respective schools in the fall to continue their volleyball careers.
These numbers include schools at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels as well as NAIA and NJCAA institutions. Nearly all of the players have received full scholarships at their future school.
The Class of 2012 includes Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selections Julia Conard (University of Illinois) of West Chicago and Meghan Niski (James Madison University) of St. Charles East, and Wisconsin all-state player Annie Kunes (University of Texas-San Antonio).
Since 2004, Club Fusion has sent nearly 300 players to play collegiate volleyball.
Lake Zurich's 5-7 libero Ashley Dina was one of 22 players named Monday to the 2012 U.S. Women's Junior A2 Volleyball Program roster.
Eight players from Illinois, including Dustin Borenstein (Highland Park), Marko Kostich (Lyons), Gert Lisha (Naperville North), Earl Schultz (Payton), Brendan Surane (Providence), Peter Van Fossan (Barrington), Jake Walenga (Lincoln-Way North) and Mitchel Weiler (Brother Rice) were named to the 2012 U.S. Boys' Youth National A2 Team last week.