By Pat Brozynski

Competition fierce for Sun-Times' top 50 billing

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fara[1].jpgBenet's 6-foot-2 middle blocker Rachael Fara has verbally committed to play volleyball for Northwestern University.

Every year, limiting the list of top players in the Chicago area to just 50 gets tougher and tougher. Occasionally, we miss a few. Last year, six players (out of 36) made the Sun-Times All-Area team but were not listed among the top 50 to begin the season.

Of course, any major league hitter or NFL quarterback would be ecstatic with an .833 percentage. But we're always trying to do better.

Practice does not start for a few more days, but already we're compiling a list of nominees for the Sun-Times preseason top 50. Here are 100 names (but by no means the only ones) that are being considered for the top 50 list that will be published in a few weeks.

Jackie Adelphia, 6-0, Sr., MH, Hinsdale South
Kennedy Arundel, 5-7, Jr., OH, Mother McAuley
Madison Babich, 5-6, So., DS, Lyons
Joyce Balash, 6-1, Sr., MH, Montini
Alex Basler, 6-2, Jr., MB, Libertyville
Peyton Bykowski 5-7, Sr., L, Stevenson
Mary Boken, 6-2, Jr., MH, St. Francis
Maria Brown, 5-8, Sr., OH, Lincoln-Way Central
Emma Bruder, 5-4, Jr., L, Lincoln-Way East
Kayla Currier, 6-0, Sr., MH, Lincoln-Way East
Rachel Burau, 5-10, Jr., S, Wheaton Warrenville South
Riley Burchett, 5-4, Jr., DS, Nazareth
Katelyn Burke, 5-10, So., S/RS, Oswego
Peyton Bykowski, 5-6, Sr., L, Stevenson
Carla Cahill, 5-6, Jr., L, Mother McAuley
Natalie Canulli, 5-9, Jr., OH, Benet
Emily Casaletto, 5-6, Sr., L, Barrington
Kelsey Clark, 6-0, Jr., MB, Mother McAuley
Tiffany Clark, 5-11, So., OH, Benet
Amber Clay, 5-10, Sr., OH, Marian Catholic
Delaney D'Amore, 5-9, Sr., OH, IC Prep
Skyler Day, 5-10, Sr., OH, Minooka
Ryann DeJarld, 5-9, Jr., OH, Mother McAuley
Meg DeMarr, 5-10, Sr., L, Glenbard West
Sydney Doby, 6-2, Sr., MB, Harvest Christian Academy
Khaila Donaldson, 5-10, Sr., OH, Stevenson
Maddie Drain, 6-3, Sr., MB, Prairie Ridge
Sam Dubiel, 5-7, Sr., L, St. Francis
Gabrielle Ennis, 6-0, Sr., MB, Mother McAuley
Rachel Fara, 6-2, Jr., MH, Benet
Haley Fauntleroy, 6-3, Sr., MB, New Trier
Kate Federico, 5-10, Sr., S. Plainfield North
Kelly Ferguson, 5-11, Sr., MB, Lemont
Ali Frantti, 6-0, Sr., OH, Richmond-Burton
Krissa Gearring, 5-8, Sr., OH, Bolingbrook
Sydney Glover, 6-0, Sr., MB, Lake Zurich
Aileen Griffin, 5-11, Jr., S, Benet
Molly Haggerty, 6-0, So., OH, St. Francis
Maddie Haggerty, 6-2, Sr., OH. St. Francis
Lane Hindenburg, 5-11, Jr., OH, Fremd
Ashley Hitchcock, 5-11, Sr., OH, Benet
Talia Holze, 5-11, Sr., S/OH, Wheaton Warrenville South
Brooke Istvan, 5-9, Jr., S, Hinsdale Central
Ellie Ivancich, 5-6, Sr., DS, Naperville North
Courtney Joyce, 5-11, Sr., S. Mother McAuley
Hannah Juley, 5-11, Jr., S, Lyons
Mary Kate Katarczynski, 5-9, Sr., S/OH, West Chicago
Sami Knight, 5-8, Jr., S, Sandburg
Olivia Kofie, 6-0, Sr., MB, Elgin Larkin
Taylor Krage, 6-0, Sr., OH, St. Charles North
Jessica Krygsheld, 5-11, Sr., OH, Chicago Christian
Jacqueline Langer, 5-11, Sr., OH, Lincoln-Way Central
Amanda Lelivelt, 6-1, Sr., MH, Riverside-Brookfield
Lauren Leverenz, 6-1, Sr., MB, Crystal Lake Central
Kiana Lewis, 6-0, Sr., OH, Schaumburg
Allie Lindroth, 6-2, So. ,OH, Plainfield North
Jenna Lodewyk, 5-10, Sr., S, Timothy Christian
Katherine Mahlke, 6-1, Sr., OH, Downers Grove North
Kara Maleski, 6-4, Sr., OH, Stevenson
Lexi Mantas, 5-11, Jr., OH, Stagg
Taylor Marmitt, 6-0, Sr., MB, Geneva
Kim Martino, 5-9, Sr., OH, IC Prep
Molly Mayo, 5-10, Sr., S, Marist
Taylor McCammon, 5-8, Sr., OH, Kankakee McNamara
Heather Meyer, 5-11, Sr., OH, Batavia
Rachel Minarick, 6-2, Sr., S, Waubonsie Valley
Avalon Nero, 5-9, Sr., OH, Crystal Lake South
Amy Nosek, 6-1, Sr., OH, York
Allie O'Reilly, 5-4, Sr., L, Burlington Central
Taylor Otto, 5-8, Sr., S, Prairie Ridge
Mallory Parsons, 5-11, Sr., OH, Lake Zurich
Brittany Pavich, 6-2, Sr., MH, Benet
Sam Pethokoukis, 6-2, Sr., MH, Fenwick
Rhiannon Prentiss, 5-8, Sr., OH, Libertyville
Lauren Robeck, 6-0, So., MH, Plainfield North
Olivia Rusek, 5-11, Sr., OH, Niles West
Dakota Santore, 5-9, Sr., OH, Plainfield North
Toni Saracco, 5-6, Jr., DS, Lyons
Julia Saunders, 6-3, Jr., OH, Nazareth
Molly Schlecht, 6-0, Sr., MH, York
Ashly Schmitt, 5-9, Sr., OH, Johnsburg
Meghan Seymour, 5-8, Sr., S, Cary-Grove
Sarah Shafiq, 6-4, Jr., MH, New Trier
Julia Shemaitis, 5-10, Sr., OH, Joliet Catholic
Nicole Slimko, 6-1, Sr., OH, Crystal Lake South
Symone Speech, 6-3, Jr., MH, Oak Park-River Forest
Brianna Stewart, 5-10, Sr., RS, Elgin Larkin
Kacie Stoll, 6-0, Jr., OH, Timothy Christian
Kristina Stoncius, 6-3, Jr., MH, Sandburg
Haley Sullivan, 5-3, Jr., DS, Lemont
Taylor Tashima, 6-0, Sr., S, New Trier
Carly Thompson, 6-1, Sr., MB, Prospect
Kristen Walding, 6-0, Sr., S, Lake Zurich
Claire Waliczek, 5-7, Sr., S, Barrington
MacKenzie Welsh, 6-0, So., S/OH, Plainfield East
Megan Wernette, 6-3, Jr., MH, Naperville North
Ali Witt, 5-11, Jr., MB, Prairie Ridge
Caroline Wolf, 5-8, Sr., L, Benet
Emily Workman, 5-9, Sr., S, Chicago Christian
Carolyn Yerkes, 5-8, Sr., L, Marist


Benet's 6-foot-2 middle blocker Rachael Fara has verbally committed to play volleyball for Northwestern University.

Fara had more than 115 kills and 55 blocks as a sophomore for the two-time defending Class 4A state champions and is the M1 for the 16 Elite team at Sports Performance Volleyball Club.

Fara said she selected Northwestern for the great academics, particularly the Feinberg School of Medicine, and for the opportunity to play in the Big Ten.

"The combination of excellent academics, coaches and well-rounded, focused players provides me an opportunity that I can't pass up," she said. "The girls and coaches at Northwestern aim to win. I'll do anything to help them accomplish our goals."

Northwestern went 16-15 last year and 5-15 in the Big Ten.

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WOW I guess if you don't play for 1st Alliance you don't make the list

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