The Sauk Valley Community College volleyball team enters the 2013 season eager to take the court and build on the success of last year’s team that advanced to the finals of the Region IV tournament and finished with a record of 27-14. A solid core of returning players as well as a talented group of freshmen has fourth-year Head Coach Jay Howell extremely optimistic about this year’s version of the Skyhawks.
Among Howell's list of returning players is 2nd Team All-American outside hitter, Kalli Scheppers from Mendota. Kalli finished with the season with 465 kills, and became the first Skyhawk volleyball player to achieve All-American honors. Also returning is setter Karly Koch from Dixon, a Region IV All-Tournament Team selection, who dished out 1096 assists last season. The Skyhawks also return middle hitter Kayla Kurz from AFC, who led the Arrowhead Conference with 68 solo blocks last season. Outside hitter Ali Massey from Sterling and opposite hitter Carissa Gruhn from Eastland return as well to add depth and experience.
Coming off of exceptional high school careers, the Skyhawk newcomers are anxious to perform at the next level. Morgan Mammosser comes to Sauk Valley from Rock Falls High School’s Elite 8 team, where she was an All-Area, All-Conference performer and the Sauk Valley Media Player of the Year in 2011. Three new faces will provide net presence and solidify the front row: Kristyn Kasner, an All-Conference middle hitter from Pecatonica High School; Alyssa Workman from Morrison High School where she was a 1st team All-conference performer; and Autumn Day, a 3 year starter from Dixon High School. With the graduation of the top two defensive specialists from last year’s team, those duties will fall to Brianna Correa, a Mid-Northern All-Conference libero from Mendota High School, and Presley Richardson, a defensive specialist from Amboy High School.