THAILAND - Molly Haggerty has had quite the year on the volleyball court.
The Glen Ellyn resident and incoming sophomore at St. Francis high school first helped the Spartans claim a Class 3A state title and then was a member of the Mizuno Sports Performance 15 Elite club team that won the AAU 15 Open National Championship in Orlando in July.
But those accomplishments might have been trumped by this past weekend's acheivement, with Haggerty an important contributor on the U18 Girls Youth National Volleyball Team (GYNT) that captured a silver medal at the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
The squad made history in the process, becoming the first U.S. volleyball team (boys or girls) to bring home a world championship medal at the youth or junior level.
Haggerty, who is only 15, was the youngest player on the team.
In the gold medal match, the U.S. team lost to China 25-16, 25-21, 25-23 despite a team-high nine kills from Haggerty.