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By Pat Brozynski

January 2014 Archives

SPVB 18 Mizuno at Minas Tenis Clube in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in Nov 2013.jpgMembers of the Sports Performance 18 Mizuno team, who participated in a tournament at the Minas Tenis Clube in Belo Horizonte, Brazil back in November, remind us that the boys volleyball season is less than two months away.


Six Illinois players are among the 53 nominees for the Andi Collins Award, given to the nation's top senior setter and presented by PrepVolleyball.com.


The award is named for Collins, who wanted to be the best setter in the nation before cancer ended that dream on September 4, 2003, a month shy of her 17th birthday.


Candidates for Andi Collins Award include:


Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year Taylor Tashima, who powered the Trevians to the Class 4A semifinals for the second straight year. The Northwestern signee had 463 assists, 189 kills and 79 aces for a 31-4 team.


Plainfield North's Kate Federico, who led the Tigers to 33 wins and a national ranking. The Clemson recruit recorded 775 assists, 121 digs, 86 kills and 40 aces last fall. She was named Southwest Prairie Conference conference MVP, Chicago Sun-Times All-Area and first team all-state by the Champaign News-Gazette.


Bloomington Central Catholic's Caroline Holt, a 5-foot-9 senior who was named second team all-state by the Champaign News-Gazette after delivering 780 assists, 288 digs, 125 kills and 25 blocks for a 26-10 team. Holt signed with Loyola of Chicago.


Courtney Joyce of Mother McAuley, a three-year starting setter who led the Mighty Macs to a 40-2 mark in 2013 and their first state title in 10 years. Joyce, a Western Illinois recruit, amassed 757 assists, 237 digs and 117 kills. She was named Player of the Year by the Southtown Star, was a first team all-state pick by the Champaign News-Gazette and was Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection.


Kimmy Martino of IC Catholic Prep, who led the Knights to the Class 2A title in 2013. A second team all-area selection by the Chicago Sun-Times, Martino finished her senior year with 876 assists, 117 kills and 138 digs.


LaSalle-Peru's Katie Olson, a 5-foot-6 second-team all-state pick by the Champaign News-Gazette who helped the Cavaliers to a 35-4 record and second-place finish in Class 3A. The Grand Valley State recruit finished the season with 841 assists, 145 digs, 67 kills and 43 aces.


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Sophomore libero Tiffany Clark of Benet has verbally committed to play volleyball for the University of Michigan.


"I chose Michigan because it was my dream school," Clark said. "I love the perfect balance between a competitive volleyball program and legendary academics. Also, playing in the Big 10 was extremely important to me and my family."


Clark, who plays for Sports Performance 16-1 team and was a member of the AAU 15U Open Division championship team last summer, helped lead Benet to a 36-6 record and second place in the IHSA Class 4A tournament last fall.


"The University of Michigan is getting a dynamic volleyball player who will be a force in the Big Ten," Benet coach Brad Baker said. "It is hard to find difference makers at the libero position, but Tiffany is one of the few in the nation who are."


Clark is the latest in a line of Benet defenders who have gone on to play at the Division I level, including 2009 Benet graduate Paige Vargas (Dayton), 2010 grad Brianne Riley (Kansas), 2011 graduate Kathleen Severyn (Notre Dame) and 2013 graduate Sheila Doyle (North Carolina).


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Benet's 5-foot-10 sophomore backrow standout Tiffany Clark has verbally committed to play at the University of Michigan beginning in fall 2016.


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Here's how I voted in the AP Illinois High School Girls Basketball Poll of 2014 due out this week:


Class 4A


1. Homewood-Flossmoor 15-2
2. Whitney Young 18-3
3. Marian Catholic 16-4
4. Rolling Meadows 19-3
5. Fremd 18-2
6. New Trier 19-1
7. Neuqua Valley 17-5
8. Trinity 18-4
9. Wheaton Warrenville South 18-3
10. Edwardsville


Class 3A


1. Montini 22-1
2. Joliet Catholic 20-1
3. Morgan Park 15-3
4. Bishop McNamara 16-3
5. Springfield
6. Quincy Notre Dame
7. Normal University
8. Burlington Central 15-4
9. Effingham 22-0
10. Coal City 20-0


And here is how the rest of the voters saw it:


Class 4A


1 Homewood-Flossmoor (10) 15-2 100 1
2 Young (1) 18-3 96 2
3 Rolling Meadows 19-3 85 3
4 Fremd 18-2 64 7
5 Edwardsville 17-1 61 4
6 Marian Catholic 16-4 55 6
7 WW South 18-3 47 5
8 New Trier 20-1 44 8
9 Neuqua Valley 18-5 29 9
10 Trinity 18-4 17 10


Others receiving votes: Bolingbrook 2, Hononegah 2, Huntley 1, Geneva 1, Rock Island 1.


Class 3A


1 Montini (15) 22-1 159 1
2 Joliet Catholic 21-1 134 2
3 Quincy Notre Dame 21-2 119 3
4 Springfield (1) 20-1 117 4
5 Morton, Ill. 20-3 85 6
6 Morgan Park 14-3 61 5
7 Washington, Ill. 16-2 55 7
8 Bishop McNamara 16-3 54 8
9 Normal U-High 17-3 25 9
10 Hillcrest 15-4 17 NR


Others receiving votes: Vernon Hills 14, Effingham 13, Champaign Centennial 8, Burlington Central 7, Rochester 5, Carbondale 2, Coal City 2, Rockford Lutheran 1, Mendota 1, Richwoods 1.


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Former Barrington and University of Illinois standout and Schaumburg girls basketball coach Ashley Berggren and her Chicago Force teammates were among the guests at the pre-Super Bowl NFL Players event Sunday hosted by Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward) at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago.


The Chicago Force is a member of the Women's Football Alliance (WFA), a women's tackle football league comprised of 63 teams throughout the country. The Force defeated the Dallas Diamonds 81-34 in San Diego to win the 2013 WFA National Championship.


Berggren is a wide receiver and defensive end for the Force. She had 31 catches for 669 yards (team-high 21.6 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns in 2013 for Chicago, which led the league by averaging better than 61 points per game.

More honors roll in for McAuley's Joyce, DeJarld

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McAuley girls.jpgMother McAuley's Courtney Joyce (left) and Ryann DeJarld were selected as finalists for National Player of the Year in their respective classes by PrepVolleyball.com.


PrepVolleyball.com has announced its 2013 National High School Senior Player of the Year finalists. The list includes 70 players who made significant impact on their high school teams and the state. The award is based solely on high school achievements.


The list includes three players from Illinois - Richmond-Burton's Penn State-bound Ali Frantti, Mother McAuley setter Courtney Joyce and New Trier's Taylor Tashima, who was the 2013 Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year.


Frantti had an outstanding season for the 23-14 Rockets. The Champaign News-Gazette Player of the Year registered 603 kills, 270 digs, 99 aces and 84 blocks this past season for a team that reached the Class 3A region semifinals. Frantti was named an Under Armour All-America and is the 2013 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year.


The Western Illinois University-bound Joyce was a three-year starting setter for the Mighty Macs. She led McAuley to a 40-2 mark in 2013 and its first state title in 10 years. She amassed 757 assists, 237 digs and 117 kills and was named Player of the Year by the Daily Southtown Star and a Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection.


Tashima, who was a member of the U.S. National Youth Team that finished second in the world, powered the Trevians to the Class 4A state semifinals for the second straight year. The Northwestern signee had 463 assists, 189 kills and 79 aces for a 31-4 team. She was named to the Champaign News-Gazette all-state team.


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Prepvolleyball.com also announced the 35 finalists for the 2013 National High School Junior of the Year. To be considered a finalist for National Junior of the Year, a junior had to make a significant impact on her high school team.


Candidates were required to have statistics that were the best on their team at her position and had to be recognized among the top players in their state regardless of class.


Mother McCauley's Ryann DeJarld was the lone finalist from Illinois. A 5-10 outside hitter who is probably going to be a back row player for Notre Dame, DeJarld was a six-rotation force for the Mighty Macs in 2013 and helped lead McAuley to its first state title since 2004.


DeJarld averaged 5.4 kills per game in the state tournament and finished the fall season with a team-high 236 kills and a team-leading 76 aces. A Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection, she finished second on her team with 298 digs and was an all-state choice by the Champaign News-Gazette.


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Wilson! Wilson!


Wilson is back. At its regularly scheduled meeting in Bloomington on January 13, the IHSA Board of Directors approved a recommendation for a new ball contract. Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Co. will return as the official ball of the IHSA beginning in the 2014-15 school year.


Wilson served as the IHSA's official ball partner from 1994-2009 and currently has high school ball contracts in 33 other states. The newly-approved contract with the IHSA will run through the 2023-24 school year.


Wilson balls will be used exclusively in IHSA state series contests in the girls badminton, baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls golf, boys and girls soccer, softball, boys and girls tennis and boys and girls volleyball.


Bye. Bye, Baden.


The IHSA's current ball contract with Baden Sports concludes at the end of the 2013-14 school year.


The specific Wilson ball models for each IHSA sport will be announced later.


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Some of the best in the suburbs meet some of the best in the city at the Chicago Public Schools City-Suburban Girls Shootout Saturday at Chicago State University's Jacoby Dickens Center at 9501 S. King Drive.


Bogan meets T.F. North at noon, followed by Marshall vs. Christ The King at 2 p.m., Bolingbrook vs. Morgan Park at 4 p.m. and Joliet Catholic vs. Whitney Young at 6 p.m.

Field steps down after 39 years as IC head coach

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Thumbnail image for mollychina.jpgSt. Francis' Molly Haggerty, who led the USA Youth National Team to a second-place finish in Thailand last summer, is one of 25 finalists for Prepvolleyball.com's 2013 National HIgh School Sophomore of the Year award,


Jean Field, the sixth-winningest volleyball coach in Illinois high school history, has retired as the head coach at IC Catholic Prep after her 39th season. Field announced her retirement Tuesday night at the Knights' Volleyball Awards dinner.


Just two months ago, Field won her third state title when IC Catholic Prep defeated Albion (Edwards County) 25-15, 25-19 in the Class 2A state final at Redbird Arena in Normal. She amassed 885 wins while at the helm for the Knights including 36 this fall.


"I have been thinking about retiring for a while now," Field said. "The timing was right. The thing I will remember most about the past 39 years are the wonderful players and people that I have worked with.


"All of the accomplishments and the wins are nice, but it has really been the people that have kept me around this long," she added


In addition to her three state titles, Field's teams also finished second (three times), third (once) and made it to the Elite Eight 12 times. She has also won six conference titles, 23 regional championships and 15 sectional titles.


Field will continue as guidance counselor at ICCP.


Nancy Kerrigan D'Amore, a 1985 graduate of ICCP who played at Marquette University, will succeed Field as volleyball coach. D'Amore was a captain of the school's 1984 state championship team and has served as an assistant coach for the past 11 years.


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Here's how I voted in the second AP Illinois High School Girls Basketball Poll of 2014 due out this week:


Class 4A


1. Homewood-Flossmoor 11-2
2. Whitney Young 13-2
3. Rolling Meadows 17-2
4. Marian Catholic 13-4
5. Fremd 15-2
6. Wheaton Warrenville South 16-2
7. New Trier 16-0
8. Trinity 14-2
9. Neuqua Valley 13-5
10. Edwardsville 12-0


Class 3A


1. Montini 16-1
2. Joliet Catholic 14-0
3. Morgan Park 11-2
4. Bishop McNamara 13-2
5. Springfield 17-1
6. Quincy Notre Dame 12-1
7. Normal University 16-1
8. Burlington Central 11-2
9. Effingham 15-0
10. Coal City 16-0


How the pollsters saw it:


Class 4A


1. Homewood-Flossmoor (5) 11-2 93 4
T-2. Whitney Young (1) 13-2 88 1
T-2. Rolling Meadows (1) 17-2 88 2
4. Edwardsville (4) 12-0 68 3
5. Wheaton Warrenville South 16-2 64 6
6. Chicago Heights Marian 13-4 51 5
T-7. River Forest Trinity 14-2 44 NR
T-7. Fremd 15-2 44 7
9. Bolingbrook 9-2 22 8
10. New Trier 16-0 17 10


Others receiving votes: Naperville Neuqua Valley 10. Rock Island 8. Geneva 2. Hersey 2. Batavia 1. Hononegah 1. Huntley 1. Oak Lawn 1.


Class 3A


1. Montini (6) 17-1 127 1
T-2. Quincy Notre Dame (5) 14-1 122 2
T-2. Joliet Catholic (3) 14-0 122 3
4. Springfield 17-1 97 4
5. Morgan Park 11-2 77 5
6. Washington 11-1 53 8
7. Bishop McNamara 13-2 51 6
8. Morton 13-3 38 7
9. Normal University 13-1 35 9
10. Burlington Central 14-2 20 NR


Others receiving votes: Richwoods 7. Champaign Centennial 6. Effingham 6. Vernon Hills 4. Mendota 2. North Chicago 2. Coal City 1.

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Here is the schedule for the 24th Annual McDonald's Shootout. All games are played at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park. Tickets for each day are $7 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for seniors. A ticket is good for all games that day.


24th Annual McDonald's Shootout


Friday, January 17


Warren vs. St. Ignatius , 6 p.m.
Andrew vs. Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, January 18


Plainfield East vs. Brooks, 9 a.m.
Bogan vs. Plainfield North, 10:30 a.m.
Wheaton North vs. Hillcrest, 12 p.m.
Oregon-Davis (Hamlet, Ind.) vs. Benet, 1:30 p.m.
St. Thomas More vs. Geneva, 3 p.m.
Pickerington North (Ohio) vs. Maine West, 4:30 p.m.
Prospect vs. Wheaton-Warrenville South, 6 p.m.
Burlington Central vs, Fremd, 7:30 p.m.


Monday, January 20


Providence vs. Willowbrook, 9 a.m.
Kokomo (Ind.) vs. Marist, 10:30 a.m.
Pickerington North (Ohio) vs. Bloom, 12 p.m..
Batavia vs. Joliet Catholic, 1:30 p.m.
Vernon Hills vs. Fenwick, 3 p.m.
Bolingbrook vs. Montini, 4:30 p.m.
Marian Catholic vs. Rolling Meadows, 6 p.m.
Neuqua Valley vs. Trinity, 7:30 p.m.


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Minooka is looking for one more team to complete the field for its girls varsity volleyball invitational October 17-18 (the weekend after Columbus Day). If interested, contact Minooka coach Chris Hoelscher at cvb72@aol.com.


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The St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) men's volleyball team will play Cardinal Stritch at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January, 21 at Lincoln-Way East.


Eleven members of the St. Ambrose team are from the Chicago area, including 6-5 sophomore George Langheld and 6-1 sophomore Nathan Royer of Lincoln-Way East and 6-6 sophomore middle blocker Clay Hermann and 6-5 senior opposite Jon Hamm of Lincoln-Way Central.


Other Chicago-area players for St. Ambrose are John Johnson (St. Rita), Anthony Natalino (Marist), David Suwada (Fenwick), Corey Grove (Andrew), Jimmy Leyden (St. Patrick), Jamie Schnittker (Buffalo Grove) and Henry Lamp (Lake Forest).


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St. Francis 6-foot outside hitter Molly Haggerty, who led the Spartans to the Class 3A state title last fall, is one of 25 players named as a finalist for Prepvolleyball.com's 2013 National High School Sophomore of the Year. Haggerty had 330 kills, 285 digs, 40 aces and 78 blocks for St. Francis.


"She is the best blocker I have had in this program," St, Francis coach Peg Kopec said. "She is just beginning to reach her potential, which is frightening."


Haggerty was a Sun-Times All-Area selection and was a member of the USA Youth National Team that finished second in the world at a tournament held in Thailand during the summer.


The 25 finalists were selected from a field of 300 nominations. Among the other 25 finalists are Morgan Elmore, a 5-10 setter from Mercy Academy in Louisville, and 6-5 middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris and 5-10 setter Jenna Gray of PrepVolleyball.com's mythical national champion St. James (Lenexa, Kansas).


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Benedictine University is currently searching for a head coach to lead the NCAA Division III men's volleyball team it plans to add beginning in the fall of 2014.


Men's volleyball becomes the 20th NCAA Division III sport offered by Benedictine, which with the addition of men's volleyball now offers 10 men's and 10 women's sports. Men's and women's lacrosse began play in the spring of 2013.


Benedictine becomes the third area Division III school to add men's volleyball recently. Dominican University will begin play this spring and North Central College in Naperville announced that it would add men's volleyball in 2016.


Benedictine also becomes the third member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) to offer men's volleyball, joining the Milwaukee School of Engineering, which has been sponsoring the sport for several years, and Dominican.


Currently, seven other Illinois schools offer men's volleyball at various levels. Last spring, 61 schools throughout the country competed at the NCAA Division III level.


"This is a tremendous opportunity for our University," Director of Athletics Mark McHorney said. "We feel that there is amazing potential for growth in this sport and we want to capitalize on the incredible talent of student-athletes in the Chicago metropolitan area."


Men's volleyball at Benedictine will participate as an independent for the 2014-15 season.


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wolf.jpgBenet libero Caroline Wolf was among three Illinois players named to the MaxPreps All-American team.


Here's how I voted in the first AP Illinois High School Girls Basketball Poll of 2014:


Class 4A


1. Whitney Young 12-1
2. Homewood-Flossmoor 9-2
3. Rolling Meadows 14-2
4. Marian Catholic 12-3
5. Fremd 12-2
6. Wheaton Warrenville South 14-2
7. New Trier 15-0
8. Trinity 13-2
9. Neuqua Valley 12-5
10. Edwardsville 12-0


Class 3A


1. Montini 16-1
2. Joliet Catholic 11-1
3. Morgan Park 9-2
4. Bishop McNamara 11-2
5. Springfield
6. Quincy Notre Dame 11-1
7. Normal University
8. Burlington Central 11-2
9. Carmel 13-2
10. Coal City 14-0


How the pollsters saw it:


Class 4A


1. Whitney Young (6) 12-1 87 3
2. Rolling Meadows 14-2 69 2
3. Edwardsville (2) 12-0 68 5
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 9-2 65 4
5. Marian Catholic (1) 12-3 54 1
6. Wheaton Warrenville South 14-2 42 T6
7. Fremd 12-2 35 NR
8. Bolingbrook 7-2 19 8
9. Naperville Neuqua Valley 12-5 16 T6
10. New Trier 15-0 15 NR


Others receiving votes: Trinity 9, Huntley 5, Rock Island 3, Oak Lawn 3, Oak Park River Forest 2, Moline 2, Hononegah 1.


Class 3A


1. Montini (4) 16-1 120 1
2. Quincy Notre Dame (6) 11-1 105 2
3. Joliet Catholic (2) 11-0 98 4
4. Springfield (1) 15-1 65 NR
5. Morgan Park 9-2 52 NR
6. Bishop McNamara 11-2 47 6
7. Morton 9-1 44 5
8. Washington 9-0 41 10
9. Normal University 11-1 40 7
10. Vernon Hills 11-4 36 3


Others receiving votes: Effingham 19, Burlington Central 11, Richwoods 9, Champaign Centennial 8, Marian Central 6, Massac County 6, Fairbury Prairie Central 2, Bethalto Civic Memorial 2, Carmel 2, Coal City 1, Mendota 1.


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Four Illinois girls - Amarah Coleman of Homewood-Flossmoor, Kortney Dunbar of Edwardsville, Young's Khaalia Hillsman and Jasmine Lumpkin of Joliet Catholic - were nominated for the McDonald's All American Game, which will be held Wednesday, April 2 at the United Center.


The final teams will be announced at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29 on ESPNU.


Players were nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald's All American Games Selection Committee. Nearly 1,000 players were nominated. Ohio led with 121 nominees, Texas had 97 players nominated and Iowa 72.


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The schedule for the 24th Annual McDonald's Shootout has been released by event organizer Jim O'Boye. All games are played at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park. Tickets for each day are $7 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for seniors. A ticket is good for all games that day.


There is one revision from previous schedules. Marian Catholic, which was originally scheduled to play Vernon Hills at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 20, will instead play Rolling Meadows at 6 p.m. Fenwick, which was slated to play Rolling Meadows at 6 p.m., will instead play Vernon Hills at 3 p.m.


Here is the schedule for the three-day event:


24th Annual McDonald's Shootout


Friday, January 17


Warren vs. St. Ignatius , 6 p.m.
Andrew vs. Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, January 18


Plainfield East vs. Brooks, 9 a.m.
Bogan vs. Plainfield North, 10:30 a.m.
Wheaton North vs. Hillcrest, 12 p.m.
Oregon-Davis (Hamlet, Ind.) vs. Benet, 1:30 p.m.
St. Thomas More vs. Geneva, 3 p.m.
Pickerington North (Ohio) vs. Maine West, 4:30 p.m.
Prospect vs. Wheaton-Warrenville South, 6 p.m.
Burlington Central vs, Fremd, 7:30 p.m.


Monday, January 20


Providence vs. Willowbrook, 9 a.m.
Kokomo (Ind.) vs. Marist, 10:30 a.m.
Pickerington North (Ohio) vs. Bloom, 12 p.m..
Batavia vs. Joliet Catholic, 1:30 p.m.
Vernon Hills vs. Fenwick, 3 p.m.
Bolingbrook vs. Montini, 4:30 p.m.
Marian Catholic vs. Rolling Meadows, 6 p.m.
Neuqua Valley vs. Trinity, 7:30 p.m.


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It's hard to understand why Crystal Lake South's Carly Nolan, Benet's Rachael Fara and Mother McAuley's Ryann DeJarld are not on the list, but Prepvolleyball.com's list of the top 50 impact collegiate recruits in the Class of 2015 only includes two players from Illinois - Lyon's 5-foot-10 setter Hannah Juley and Nazareth's 6-3 outside hitter Julia Saunders, both of whom have verbally committed to Wisconsin.


The next 35 included 6-6 rightside Sarah Shafiq of New Trier (California), 6-2 middle blocker Kristen Somerville of St. Ignatius (Connecticut), and 6-3 middle blocker Symone Speech of Oak Park-River Forest (Uncommitted).


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Benet libero Caroline Wolf, Waubonsie Valley setter Rachel Minarick and New Trier setter and Sun-Times Player of the Year Taylor Tashima were named to the MaxPreps All-American team. All three players were second-team selections.

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