The Sauk Valley Community College Volleyball team is eager to take the court in 2015. With a solid core of returning players, and a talented group of freshmen, sixth-year Head Coach Jay Howell has reason to be optimistic about this year's Lady Skyhawks.
Seven players return from the 2014-15 squad that won the Arrowhead Conference Title, the Region IV Title, a record of 36-8, and 11th place at the National tournament in Phoenix. Included in that group are the setters from last season, Kayci Howell (Sterling Newman) with 831 assists/363 digs and Haley McAuliffe (Milledgeville) with 692 assists/243 digs; and middle hitter Kiarra Harris (Sterling) with 386 kills/125 blocks returns, also named to the Arrowhead All-Conference team as a freshman.
The Skyhawks also return opposite hitter and All-Academic performer Brooke Williams (Sterling) with 128 kills/69 blocks; outside hitter and Region IV All-Tournament team selection, Shiela Browning (LaMoille) with 197 kills; and defensive specialist Alyssa Morales (Sahuarita, AZ).
Coach Howell is excited to add five freshmen including All-Area performer Tressa Schuler (Faith Christian High), a multi-sport high school athlete and the 2014 NICC volleyball MVP; Chelsi Blair (Rock Falls), setter and defensive specialist, 3-sport standout, and Big Northern West 1st Team All-Conference volleyball player; right side hitter, Taylor-Marie Pullan (Smithtown East High School, Long Island, NY) brings net presence and volleyball skills; defensive specialist Ragen Forbes (LaMoille), 4-year varsity performer and unanimous Little 10 All-Conference selection; and Erin Greene (Pecatonica), middle hitter and NUIC All-Conference performer in volleyball and track.