Congratulations to all athletes on a great accomplishment!
Annie Bart Carmel CatholicOnly a sophomore, but a player to watch. "Annie burst on the scene this year," Corsairs coach Dave Pazely said. "She improved dramatically throughout the season. When she grew accustomed to the speed of the game, she started to take over." Bart led the Corsairs in kills (223), was third in blocks (33) and fourth in aces (24). "Annie doesn't want just to play," Pazely said. "She wants to win."
Cassidy Beshel Grayslake CentralThe senior was never better than in a three-set loss to Libertyville in the regional semifinals. "Cassidy was our big gun on the outside," Rams coach Jason Janczak said. "Plus, she got us several clutch kills in big-time situations when we needed it." A repeat all-area selection, Beshel led the Rams with 253 kills. She also helped out on defense with 115 digs. Her blocking was important with 43. "A great player and a great person," Janczak said, "whose leadership and skill will be missed next year."
Lily Cozzi StevensonIt was clear that if Cozzi got the ball, she would put it away. "She hits a heavy ball," Stevenson coach Tim Crow said. "And she has an effective all-around game. I consider her Ms. Reliable, not only in her game but as a person, too," Cozzi notched 173 kills and 118 digs. "Lily is also my daughter's favorite volleyball player," Crow added.
Alexis Naddy MundeleinOn the best team in a generation at Mundelein, Naddy helped lead the way. "She's really a hard hitter," Mundelein coach George Dressen Jr. said. Naddy easily led the Mustangs in kills with 207. She proved versatile with 73 digs. Her 30 aces led the team, and she added 35 blocks.
Peyton O'Brien LibertyvilleOnly a sophomore, she looks destined for big things. As the lone setter for the Wildcats, O'Brien registered 516 assists in her second varsity season. She also was effective at the net with 98 blocks. Her 5-foot-11 frame helped with 70 kills.
Ella White WarrenThe senior was another one of the Blue Devils' sluggers, pounding 283 kills. She makes her second appearance on the all-area team in as many years. "Ella is a hard-hitting outside," Warren coach Julie Filippo said. "She also has great jumping ability."