2012 Beacon-News All-Area Volleyball team
November 21, 2012 7:28PM
Updated: December 24, 2012 6:54AM
Abby Akre, Newark
Senior outside hitter is a four-year starter and a two-time unanimous all-conference selection who led the Norsemen to regular season and conference Little Ten titles as well as regional crown with 247 kills, 290 digs and 51 aces.
Senior outside hitter earned all-conference honors after helping lead the Vikings to Upstate Eight River and regional championships, topping 250 kills and 300 digs. Geneva bowed out of the playoffs in sectional final to Glenbard West, finishing 29-10.
Lauren Carlini, West Aurora
Beacon-News Player of the Year for the second year in a row is an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American as well as all-state on several teams and unanimous All-DuPage Valley Conference after helping lead the Blackhawks to a league title with 333 kills and 303 assists as right side/setter. Strong jump serve produced 92 aces.
Kelly Dalheim, Geneva
Senior libero anchored a strong defense for the Upstate Eight River champions, who advanced to a sectional final with 29 wins. She led the Vikings with 500-plus digs and topped 70 aces.
Sophomore outside hitter led the Knights with 216 kills and had 42 blocks, 88 digs and 13 aces and was a unanimous all-Northern Illinois Big 12 East selection.
Alyssa Ensminger, Metea Valley
Senior Libero earned all-conference honors in Upstate Eight Valley and all-tourney at the Warrior Blast and Kaneland Spike Fest. She will attend Rutgers on an academic scholarship and play volleyball. She had 206 digs and 32 aces.
Senior outside hitter had another strong season hitting-wise and topped Royals in kills, digs and aces.
Kristen Koncelik, Batavia
Senior middle hitter was a four-year varsity player who earned unanimous all-conference honors in the Upstate Eight River and all-tournament at Waubonsie Valley. She had 234 kills, 70 block kills and 21 aces. Signed to play at University of Evansville.
Peyton McKenzie, West Aurora
Senior outside hitter and third-year varsity performer had 225 kills, 141 digs and 51 aces with an improved all-around game that was recognized by league coaches with her all-conference selection in the DuPage Valley. She was also all-tournament at Benet Tournament.
Heather Meyer, Batavia
Junior outside hitter led 20-win Bulldogs with 235 kills and had 165 digs. Second-year varsity player added 16 block kills and 18 aces and earned all-tournament honors at Waubonse Valley Warrior Blast.
Rachel Minarick, Waubonsie Valley
Junior setter/right side led young Warriors to 20-win season with 246 kills, 201 assists (6-2 offense), 120 digs and 23 aces, earning unanimous all-conference honors in Upstate Eight and all-tournament at Benet Invite, Wheaton Classic, Glenbard East Autumnfest and Warrior Blast. Has verbally committed to Michigan State.
Rebecca Nauman, Yorkville
Senior right side/setter earned co-Northern Illinois Big 12 East Player of Year honors and was three-time unanimous all-league pick after helping lead Foxes to school’s first conference title. She had 105 kills, 291 assists, 127 digs and 38 aces.
— Rick Armstrong