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SouthtownStar 2012 All-Area Girls Volleyball Team

Paige Bendell Sandburg

Paige Bendell, of Sandburg

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Updated: December 14, 2012 6:03AM



Here is a look at the Jenny’s Steakhouse/SouthtownStar 2012 All-Area Girls Volleyball Team.

PAIGE BENDELL

School: Sandburg

Year: Senior

Position: Right-side hitter

Assists: 439

Kills: 225

Digs: 225

Notable: All-SouthWest Suburban Blue; will attend South Carolina.

Coach David Vales: “Paige is a rare multi-sport athlete. She could play volleyball and soccer at the Division 1 level without question. As a setter, she plays one the most demanding positions in the game of volleyball and makes it look easy. As an attacker her leaping ability puts her above most blockers in the state.”

BECKY BRADSHAW

School: Oak Lawn

Year: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

Digs: 234

Kills: 198

Aces: 41

Notable: All-South Suburban Red

Coach Dennis McNamara: “Becky has a great personality. She is the type of young lady that people just want to be around but underneath the sweet demeanor is a fierce competitor that wants to win. She was instrumental in one of the biggest turnarounds in this program in the last decade.”

KRISTA BRAKAUSKAS

School: Providence

Year: Senior

Position: Setter

Assists: 417

Service Points: 279

Digs: 222

Kills: 164

Notable: All-East Suburban Catholic Conference; will attend Miami (Ohio).

Coach Rachel Ellingson: “Krista has been a blessing to the Providence Catholic volleyball team. Her leadership, skill and knowledge of the game is what makes her an overall great athlete.”

CARLA CAHILL

School: Mother McAuley

Year: Sophomore

Position: Defensive specialist

Digs: 530

Service points: 309

Good passes: 383

Notable: All-GCAC Red

Coach Jen Dejarld: “Carla has the ability to make everything look easy. She has that world vision where she can anticipate the play before it happens, and she barely has to leave her fee to make the dig.”

NATALIE CARBERRY

School: Shepard

Year: Senior

Position: Right-side hitter

Digs: 260

Kills: 230

Service points: 213

Aces: 79

Notable: All-South Suburban Red

Coach Dan Grunauer: “Natalie’s legacy at Shepard will be remembered for so much more than just her hammer left arm. She pushed her teammates to work diligently on improving every day. This work ethic produced winning records, conference championships, and even huge improvements in the classroom as well. Her influence is evident in the success of the younger levels as well.”

AMBER CLAY

School: Marian Catholic

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Kills: 450

Digs: 381

Aces: 67

Blocks: 65

Notable: All-East Suburban Catholic Conference

Coach Ryan Summers: “Amber is one of the most dominant kids I’ve ever coached. She has the ability to take over a game, yet between plays and at practice is humble and works hard just like the rest of the team. She doesn’t know she is as good as she is.”

JILL CONRAD

School: Stagg

Year: Senior

Position: Setter/Right-side hitter

Assists: 449

Kills: 223

Service points: 213

Aces: 36

Notable: All-SouthWest Suburban Red

Coach Deanna Storino: “Jill is an all-around fantastic player. While it is very fun to watch her set and run the offense, it is just as exciting to watch her swing and block. Her competitive nature is what drives her to be a better player.”

KAYLA CURRIER

School: Lincoln-Way East

Year: Junior

Position: Middle hitter

Kills: 201

Service points: 112

Blocks: 31

Notable: All-Southwest Suburban Blue

Coach Linda Vivona: “Kayla is a very dynamic player who carries a great deal of energy on and off the court. She gets the team fired up and plays with great determination.”

RYANN DEJARLD

School: Mother McAuley

Year: Sophomore

Position: Outside hitter

Digs: 370

Service points: 225

Kills: 200

Aces: 39

Notable: All-GCAC Red

Coach Jen DeJarld: “Ryan has a high volleyball I.Q., a very high knowledge of the game for a sophomore. And she has the ability to make adjustments on the fly as the match goes on.”

AMANDA DOLAN

School: Lincoln-Way Central

Year: Senior

Position: Middle hitter

Kills: 239

Assist Blocks: 165

Digs: 88

Blocks: 59

Notable: All-SouthWest Suburban Blue

Coach Kathy Sulkowski: “Amanda’s blocking was stellar, and she was an offensive powerhouse for us.”

DAKOTA HAMPTON

School: Sandburg

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Kills: 346

Digs: 275

Blocks: 30

Aces: 25

Notable: All-Southwest Suburban Blue; will attend South Florida.

Coach David Vales: “Dakota is the best attacker we’ve had at Sandburg in 10 years. Her power and court sense make her one of the best hitters in the state. Probably the best thing a top player can do is make those around her better and she does that like very few leaders we have had.”

COURTNEY JOYCE

School: Mother McAuley

Year: Junior

Position: Setter

Assists: 584

Service points: 272

Digs: 240

Aces: 41

Notable: All-GCAC Red

Coach Jen DeJarld: “Courtney is always thinking, always trying to improve her knowledge of the game. She asks a lot of questions, and she just continues to try to soak in as much as she can to be the best player she can be.”

LEAH LAGESTEE

School: T.F. South

Year: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

Kills: 230

Blocks: 97

Aces: 24

Serving percentage: 90 percent

Notable: All-South Suburban Blue

Coach Kim Sands: “Leah is a very passionate player who wears her heart on her sleeve. When the pressure was on, she was our go to hitter.”

MEGAN LITOBORSKI

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Position: Setter

Assists: 609

Service points: 177

Digs: 119

Notable: South Suburban Blue Player of the Year

Coach: Chris Zogata: “Megan ran our offense for two years and much of our success is due to the strategies she uses on the court.”

KAYLA PFEIFFER

School: Lockport

Year: Junior

Position: Setter/right-side hitter

Assists: 318

Kills: 223

Digs: 189

Notable: All-SouthWest Suburban Blue.

Coach: Erika Lange: “Kayla’s incredible instincts and court sense made her extremely hard to defend.”

ASHLEY PICKERT

School: Lincoln-Way North

Year: Senior

Position: Middle hitter

Kills: 251

Service points: 185

Blocks: 51

Aces: 35

Coach Mary Brown: “Ashley is a well-balanced athlete. She is passionate about what she does and manages to keep everything in perspective. I have enjoyed all four years watching her grow and mature.”

KARA ROCKEY

School: Richards

Year: Senior

Position: Defensive specialist

Digs: 353

Assists: 64

Kills: 42

Aces: 32

Notable: South Suburban Red Player of the Year; Will play at Indiana University-Purdue University Indiananpolis.

Coach Troy Grevengoed: “Kara has helped put Richards volleyball back on the board. She was a very passionate player that brought out the best in her teammates, and she would not be outworked by anyone.”

MALLORY SALIS

School: Marist

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Kills: 311

Digs: 349

Service points: 166

Aces: 77

Blocks: 40

Notable: East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year; will attend Ohio University.

Coach Natalie Holder: “Mallory is a classic “old-school” six rotation outside hitter. Her overall ball control is as exemplary as her vertical jump and her laser shots. Mal is the ultimate team player and role model. It has been an honor to watch her grow from a quiet freshman into the confident young woman that she has become.”

KAITLYN SHEREYK

School: Homewood-Flossmoor

Year: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Kills: 324

Digs: 229

Aces: 21

Notable: All-SouthWest Suburban Blue

Coach Tony Kruse: “Kaitlyn has been the face of our program for the past four years. It’s going to be strange to come into the gym in July and not see her face or and not have her by my side. She was hard-working, dedicated and did everything we asked of her, and then some.”

KAITLN SIADEK

School: Lincoln-Way Central

Year: Senior

Position: Setter

Assists: 765

Digs: 204

Blocks: 99

Notable: All-SouthWest Suburban Blue

Coach Kathy Sulkowski: “Kaitlyn is an essential piece of this team, and without her we wouldn’t have had the success we had.”

MORGAN THOMAS

School: Stagg

Year: Senior

Position: Defensive specialist

Digs: 440

Service points: 303

Aces: 71

Notable: All-SouthWest Suburban Red

Coach Deanna Storino: “Morgan has really set the tone for Stagg’s Defense. She is a player who requires minimal coaching due to her immense amount of natural instincts and ability to read the swing’s from the opposing hitters.”

KENDYL TODD

School: Marian Catholic

Year: Junior

Position: Middle hitter

Kills: 215

Blocks: 90

Aces: 49

Notable: All-East Suburban Catholic Conference

Coach Ryan Summers: “Kendyl is one of the hardest-working kids I’ve ever coached. She’s 100 percent ‘go’ all the time.”

EMILY WORKMAN

School: Chicago Christian

Year: Junior

Position: Setter

Assists: 886

Service points: 151

Aces: 47

Notable: All-Suburban Christian
Conference

Coach James Garcia: “Emily has meant a lot to this team, especially when nobody else wanted the responsibility of setting.”

CAROLYN YERKES

School: Marist

Year: Junior

Position: Defensive specialist

Digs: 475

Service points: 120

Aces: 30

Notable: All-East Suburban Catholic Conference

Coach Natalie Holder: “Carolyn was one of the “keys” to our success as a team this season. She is a hard-nosed defensive player who has great court vision and anticipation skills. Her ability to read both the hitters and the court is one of her many strengths as a libero.”



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