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Suburban Life 2013 Cook all-area girls volleyball team

Players from Fenwick, Lyons Township, Morton, Nazareth, Proviso West, Riverside Brookfield and St. Joseph comprise team

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 3:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CDT

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Lyons Township was the only team in the area to win a regional, but Nazareth and Riverside Brookfield both won over 20 matches this fall as part of winning seasons. All three teams had standout players. Players from those teams as well as Morton, Proviso West, St. Joseph and Fenwick comprise the 2013 Suburban Life Cook all-area girls volleyball team.

Samantha Brown (MVP story)

School: Nazareth

Year: Senior

Impact: The all-area MVP led the Roadrunners with 430 kills and 44 aces. The Youngstown State commit also played all six rotations and was second in the team with 233 digs. Brown was a four-year varsity player and all-conference in the East Suburban Catholic this fall.

Emma Decker

School: Nazareth

Year: Sophomore

Impact: Decker tallied 822 assists for a 29-7 Nazareth team this fall. The sophomore also had 34 aces and at 6-foot-3-inches tall, Decker was able to contribute to the block with 36 on the season. The setter was an all-conference selection in the ESCC.

Natalia Gheewala

School: Riverside Brookfield

Year: Junior

Impact: RB coach Dan Bonarigo prioritizes defense on his teams and Gheewala fit right in. The Bulldogs' libero led the team with 298 digs and kept RB in a lot of matches with her ability to keep points alive.

Cori Hansen

School: Lyons Township

Year: Junior

Impact: Hansen's 95 blocks and 52 aces led the young Lyons Township squad this fall. The 6-foot junior also smacked down 157 kills as a middle blocker in her third year on varsity.

Alex Hojnar

School: Lyons Township

Year: Senior

Impact: The Lions had just three seniors on the roster and Hojnar was the only senior starter. She also was the only player on the team to play all 89 sets. Hojnar gave LT an all-around presence on the court with 168 kills, 277 digs and 43 aces.

Monica Kasper

School: Riverside Brookfield

Year: Senior

Impact: Kasper missed most of her junior year with injury, but came back strong as a senior. The outside hitter led RB with 228 kills and was also second on the team with 263 digs.

Amanda Lelivelt

School: Riverside Brookfield

Year: Senior

Impact: The 6-foot-1 Lelivelt provided a big threat as a middle hitter for the Bulldogs. The senior led the team with 64 blocks, more than twice as much as the nearest teammate. Lelivelt was also second on RB with 155 kills.

Samantha Pethokoukis

School: Fenwick

Year: Senior

Impact: The Siena commit made a big impact on the Fenwick program after spending her freshman year at Benet. The Western Springs resident was one of the top middle hitters in the area.

Linnea Rohrsen

School: Nazareth

Year: Senior

Impact: Nazareth coach Wayne Saunders called Rohrsen the Roadrunners’ silent leader. Rohrsen was one of just two seniors on the roster and led the team with 363 digs. The libero was also an all-conference pick in the ESCC.

Toni Saracco

School: Lyons Township

Year: Junior

Impact: Saracco tallied 451 digs to lead the Lions in her second year with the varsity team. She has over 1,000 digs in her two years. The junior also had 28 aces this fall, third most on the team.

Julia Saunders

School: Nazareth

Year: Junior

Impact: Saunders is hard to miss on the court thanks to her 6-foot-4 frame. She also has skills to go with her height. The daughter of coach Wayne Saunders had 329 kills, 40 aces and a team-best 46 blocks to earn her East Suburban Catholic all-conference honors.

Honorable mention

Fenwick: Caileigh Doherty

Lyons Township: Lindsey Oettel

Morton: Alexis Chlada, Rebecca Reitz

Nazareth: Tina Elstner

Proviso West: Ana Gonzalez

Riverside Brookfield: Kayla Noffsinger

St. Joseph: Tara Luczak

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