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volleyball barry.jpgThe Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora will host the 2011 President's Day Tournament Saturday-Monday, February 19-21 at a number of locations in the western and far northwest suburbs.

The Great Lakes Center will host the 17 and 18 Open divisions, the Illinois Heat Volleyball Center will host the 18 Club and 15 Open divisions, Sunsetter's Volleyball Center will host 15 Club and the Flight Volleyball Center will host some of the overflow from the 18 Open and 18 Club divisions at Great Lakes.

The 17 Club division will be played at the Fusion Sports Center in Marengo.

Participating clubs include: 1st Alliance, A5, KIVA, Team Indiana, Capital, Celtic Force, Cirlce City, Dead Frog, Fusion, Fort Wayne, HIgh Performance, Illini Elite, Kane County, Michigan Elite, Milwaukee Sting, Munciana, Premier, Powerhouse, Rolling Thunder, Sky High, Southwest Illinois, Sports Performance, St. Louis CYC and Edge.

Play begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday with pool play and resumes Sunday at 8:00 a.m. with gold, silver and bronze pool play and other consolation flights. The tournament concludes Monday.

As the tournament progresses, team information can be found at:


Girls in grades kindergarten-8 who want to improve their volleyball skills are invited to attend Benedictine University's Spring Break Volleyball Camp on Monday, March 28 through Thursday, March 31 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center.

The Spring Break Volleyball Camp is designed to introduce the sport of volleyball to new players in kindergarten and the elementary grades and enhance the skills of older players at the junior high level. The clinics are conducted by Benedictine volleyball coach Jennifer Wildes, who will be assisted by the University coaching staff and current and former players and coaches.

Campers should wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes and bring a bottle of water. All items should be brought in a bag that is clearly marked. Knee pads are not required.

The camp for girls in grades kindergarten-5 is conducted from 9:00-10:45 a.m. and for girls in grades 6-8 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The cost is $60 per child.

For more information, contact Wildes at jwildes@ben.edu or call (630) 829-6141.


Here is an update on former Downers Grove South volleyball player Casey Patton.

Patton, who was diagnosed with a inoperable brain tumor while in high school, is completing two months of proton therapy treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and will be heading home soon. But she has to take care of some business first.

"When your treatment is done, you get to ring the 'Good Luck' bell and everyone in the proton center gathers around you," said her mother, Diane Patton. "It is a celebration. I think January and February were the two longest months on record!"

Lake Zurich's Orchard commits to Pittsburgh

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Amanda Orchard (pictured at right), a 6-foot-1 junior who has started at Lake Zurich since her freshman year and has helped the Bears to 92 wins, a supersectional berth and a sectional title game appearance during her three seasons, has verbally committed to play at the University of Pittsburgh.

"She is as hardworking of a player as I have ever been around," said Lake Zurich coach Matt Aiello. "She is very coachable and a great teammate. Pitt seems like a great fit for Amanda."

Orchard is currently playing club volleyball for Sky High 17 Black coached by Scott Harris.


Prepvolleyball.com has announced it 2010 High School All-Americans including the following players from Illinois:

Jocelynn Birks, 6-2 Sr. OH, Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois)
Samantha Epenesa, 6-0 Jr. OH, Edwardsville (Illinois)
Madison Kamp, 6-1 Sr. S, Chicago Christian (Palos Heights, Illinois)
Kelly Lamberti,* 6-0 Sr. OH, Cary-Grove (Cary, Illinois)
Caroline Niedospial, 5-7 Sr. Libero, Marist (Chicago, Illinois)
Brooke Schulte, 5-10 Jr. OH, Mater Dei (Breese, Illinois)
Colleen Smith, 6-0 Sr. S, Cary-Grove (Cary, Illinois)

Highest Honorable Mention
Ellen Chapman, 6-4 Sr. OH, Glenbrook South (Glenview, Illinois)
Meg Vonderhaar, 6-1 OH, St. Francis (Wheaton, Illinois)
Lainey Wyman, 6-2 Sr. MB, St. Francis (Wheaton, Illinois)

High Honorable Mention
Alexis Viliunas, 6-1 Jr. S, Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois)

Special Mention
Sam Fournier, 6-1 Sr. OH, Moline (Illinois)
Courtney Thomas, 6-1 Sr. S, DeKalb (Illinois)
Emily Young, 6-2 Sr. S/OH, Schaumburg (Illinois)

Prepvolleyball.com annually recognizes the top senior setter in the nation with the Andi Collins Award. Andi Collins wanted to be the best setter in the nation. Cancer ended that dream September 4, 2003, a month shy of her 17th birthday.

Eighty seniors were nominated for this year's Andi Collins Award, including the following from Illinois. The winner will be announced in the next few weeks.

Erin Juley, 5-10, Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois) - A key cog in Lyons' run to the Illinois 4A title, Juley delivered 19 assists and 10 digs in the state final win over Cary-Grove, capping a year in which her 650 assists led the team. "Her ability to block, play defense and run the offense made her a significant contributor on our team," said Joann Pyritz. "Even after a knee injury during her junior club season, Erin's drive to return and play as a senior was outstanding. She pushes herself to achieve and works to bring this effort out in her teammates as well."

Madison Kamp, 6-1, Chicago Christian (Palos Heights, Illinois) - Named First Team All State by the News-Gazette, Kamp handed out 825 assists for a 30-11 team that won the Illinois 2A title in 2010. She also contributed 177 digs, 117 kills and 55 aces.

Hillary Keltner, 5-11, Althoff Catholic (Belleville, Illinois) - Smooth setter averaged 10.28 assists per game for the Crusaders in 2010. Committed to Air Force, Keltner was a Third Team All Metro pick and Second Team All Area selection.

Kayla Price, 5-9, Fremd (Palatine, Illinois) - A complete setter who can run every tempo and deliver pinpoint sets, Price got on our radar when she was named "Best Setter" at the PrepVolleyball.com Classic her freshman year. Since then, the Wisconsin-Milwaukee signee has matured into a true floor general. A severe ankle injury robbed Price of half her 2010 season, but she still managed to earn All Conference, All Area and Honorable Mention All State accolades after delivering 477 assists in the 20 matches she played in. She will graduate as Fremd's career assist leader.

Colleen Smith, 6-0, Cary-Grove (Cary, Illinois) - Smart, heady and athletic, Smith set the Trojans to a perfect season and the top of the national rankings until Lyons Township knocked them off in the finals of the 4A division. First Team All State, the Indiana-bound Smith finished the year with 740 assists for a 41-1 team that played only 8 7 games. She added almost 100 kills and 200 digs and was a First Team All State and First Team All Area selection.

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