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Fox Valley All-Area Team

By John Lemon, 12/12/18, 10:45PM CST


Huntley was at its best when the Red Raiders worked their middles, and this 5-foot-10 senior set the tone there. Alberts finished with 198 kills, 23 aces and 165 blocks. She was an honorable mention all-American Under Armour selection. Will play at Damen College. "She became such a threat for us in the middle," Huntley coach Karen Naymola said. "She was also a go-to player who we really tried forcing the ball to whenever we needed a kill. She set such a great block and made it very difficult for any hitters to hit around. This also directly aided in our defense and allowed us to play defense around her enormous block."


Taylor Jakubowski, Huntley

Already a 3-time All-Area pick, this 5-foot-8 junior setter is committed to Seton Hall and led the Red Raiders to a 35-4 season. She set 895 assists and also had 408 digs and 29 aces. Made the all-tournament team at Autumnfest where Huntley beat Benet to win the title. "Just a great season for her, and we are obviously excited we have another year with her," Huntley coach Karen Naymola said. "Taylor is one of the most selfless players I have ever coached. She is a natural leader and will do whatever it takes for her team. She steps up in any situations for us and is such a clutch player."

Julia Johnson, Huntley

The No. 1 target to put balls down for Huntley, this 5-foot-11 outside hitter earned all-tournament honors at the Autumnfest tournament as part of a tremendous senior season. Johnson led Huntley with 325 kills including a match-high 17 in the sectional finals against St. Charles East. She also finished with 31 aces and 216 digs. Will play collegiately at West Point. "She was a go-to player for us," Huntley coach Karen Naymola said. "When the ball needed to be put down we were finding a way to get it to Julia. I am very proud of her growth as a player. She became such a smart hitter and really proved to be one of the top outsides in the area."

Sarah Zayas, Huntley

While many focused on the power hitters Huntley featured this fall, the Red Raiders also could play defense. This 5-foot-3 senior libero and 2-time All-Area choice led the way in the back, breaking the school record with 434 digs. She also was second on the team with 42 aces as the Red Raiders went 35-4 and just missed a sectional championship. "She definitely set the tone for us on defense," Huntley coach Karen Naymola said. "She read so well that she just makes everything look effortless. We would not have been the team that we were without her on defense. She constantly talked and led her team."


Honorable mention

Jenna Brown, Dundee-Crown, so., S;Emma Konie, Huntley, so., RS;Riley Seagren, Hampshire, sr., OH;Maggie Wallenberger, Jacobs, so.,