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Suburban Life 2013 South all-area girls volleyball team

Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 5:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 5:46 p.m. CDT
Westmont senior Vanessa Possidoni sets the ball during a match against Lisle in the annual "Volley For the Cure Game" on Oct. 17, 2013. (Photo by Matthew Piechalak -

With one of the best girls volleyball programs in the state, Benet continues to produce all-area nominations. But the talent is abundant on the South team, as Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, HInsdale South, Lemont and Lisle and Westmont are also represented.

Jackie Adelphia

School: Hinsdale South

Year: Senior

Outlook: With 160 kills, 30 aces, 66 blocks and 66 digs, Adelphia was one of the Hornets most well-rounded players. Adelphia, who chose not to play collegiate volleyball, was a part of four West Suburban Gold conference championship teams during her time at Hinsdale South.

Rachael Fara

School: Benet

Year: Junior

Outlook: For two seasons, Fara has anchored the middle, resonating as one of Redwings' best blockers and hitters. The 6-foot-2 inch East Suburban Catholic all-conference selection boasts impressive leaping ability and has already committed to play volleyball at Northwestern.

Kelly Ferguson

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Impact: A four-year varsity performer for the Indians, this senior middle was a force at the net. Ferguson topped Lemont with 111 blocks while also contributing 160 kills and a team-high 56 aces. She will continue her career at Austin Peay.

Lauren Fuller

School: Hinsdale Central

Year: Junior

Outlook: A junior outside hitter, Fuller was successfully converting nearly 40 percent of her swings during the last four weeks of the season, securing West Suburban Silver all-conference recognition. She had verbally committed to play collegiate volleyball at University of San Diego.

Krissa Gearring

School: Bolingbrook

Year: Senior

Outlook: The four-year varsity starter posted her best season this year, earning Southwest Suburban all-conference and Waubonsie Valley and United Township all-tournament team honors. Bolingbrook's team MVP had 420 kills, 257 digs, 481 total points scored and 37 aces this season.

Cara Howell

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Impact: Another member of the Indians' strong senior class, Howell topped a balanced Lemont offense with 169 kills this fall. She was also second on the squad with 58 blocks and helped the team reach 28 wins.

Katherine Mahlke

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Impact: A four-year varsity starter who will play for the University of Michigan, the well-rounded Mahlke balanced her 294 kills and 36 aces with 206 digs and 35 blocks for points. She was named all-tournament at Waubonsie Valley and Autumnfest and was a West Suburban all-conference and all-academic honoree.

Vanessa Possidoni

School: Westmont

Year: Senior

Impact: Possidoni ran the Sentinels' offense for the last three years and was recognized as a three-time all-conference selection. The senior, who is considering playing collegiate volleyball, helped Westmont advance to the regional championship match this fall.

Summer Stitt

School: Lisle

Year: Senior

Impact: This outside hitter was the Lions' offensive and defensive MVP. An all-conference athlete in volleyball and softball, Lisle head coach Matt Hrubesky described Stitt as "a hard worker who brings a lot of energy and heart to our team. She is very coachable and always looking to improve as a player."

Katie Vondra

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Junior

Impact: A big hitter who can also defend the net, Vondra provided some leadership on a young Mustangs team. She recorded 243 kills with a .298 hitting percentage this season while adding 31 aces and 192 digs.

Caroline Wolf

School: Benet

Year: Senior

Outlook: Tournament MVP at the Benet Invite and Wheaton Classic, Wolf guided the Redwings to a 24-3 regular season record and another appearance at this weekend's state finals. The ESCC all-conference libero has notched a whopping 426 digs and has committed to play volleyball at Wake Forest next season.


Benet: Whitney Battoe

Bolingbrook: Leah Rose

Downers Grove North: Mary Helen Beacom

Downers Grove South: Jess Faber, Jen Graham

Hinsdale Central: Alex Davis

Hinsdale South: Sarah Garringer, Renee Bialas

Lemont: Haley Sullivan

Lisle: Hannah Kiesling, Robyn Griffin

Westmont: Haley Bueser, Brianna Gilley

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