Updated: December 19, 2012 12:58PM
West Aurora senior setter and right side hitter Lauren Carlini has been named a First Team High School All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
As a result, she has been invited to play in the Under Armour All-American Game Dec. 14 in Louisville, Ky., an all-star game that is held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I finals.
Carlini, who signed her national letter of intent Wednesday to attend the University of Wisconsin on a volleyball scholarship, is the only player from Illinois to be selected to the first team.
“Lauren is an impressive player who has the skills to make a major impact on our program,” Wisconsin coach Pete Waite said. “She’s a phenomenal setter who can raise the level of those around her. She has the size and jump to be an excellent player at the net, and her defensive skills are as good as any.”
Earlier this fall, the 6-foot-2 standout was named the top senior recruit in the nation by the website PrepVolleyball.com.
Playing setter and right side for coach Kari Nicholson, Carlini helped lead the West Aurora volleyball team to its second straight DuPage Valley Conference title and a regional title before falling to eventual IHSA Class 4A state champ Benet Academy in the sectional semifinals. The Blackhawks finished with a 32-6 record, best in school history.
Carlini also plays club ball for Rick and Cheryl Butler’s Sports Performance program, which operates out of the Great Lakes Center on the far East Side of Aurora.
Hoops Open House
The East Aurora boys basketball program will hold its annual Introduction Night Open House Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.
There is no charge for the event which starts with a 15-minute freshman scrimmage that will be followed by a 20-minute sophomore scrimmage. The varsity will play a two-quarter intrasquad scrimmage beginning about 7 p.m.
Holes in one
Two area golfers recently fired holes-in-one at Phillips Park.
Harry Koulos of Aurora got his ace on the 104-yard second hole (red tees) with a 9-iron, and it was witnessed by Bob Gilchrist, Roger Prestemon and Rick Whipple.
Gary Popp fired his on the 171-yard 10th hole with a 5-iron, which was witnessed by Tim Simmons and Brian Hunger.
St. Joseph 49, East Aurora 47 — Tyshee Towner totaled 25 points, 17 rebounds and four steals for the Tomcats (0-1).
Somonauk 50, Westminster Christian 34 — Allison Humes led the Bobcats (1-2) with 23 points. Ashlee Kawall chipped in 13 points.
Hinckley-Big Rock 39, Wheaton Academy 23 — Lauren Paver scored 12 points to lead the Royals (2-2).
Newark 32, Plano 28 — Taylor King totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Norsemen. Zhate Jackson scored 14 points for the Reapers.