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November 19, 2012
By Dirk Campbell of Genoa-Kingston High School

Ratasha Garbes
Sycamore, sr., setter
The Daily Chronicle Player of the Year helped lead the Spartans to their first Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference title in her third full year on the varsity squad. Garbes had 692 assists and 150 kills with a 50.7 kill percentage.

The Illinois State commit was the unanimous MVP of the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference.

Brittany Huber
Sycamore, sr., outside hitter
Huber had 235 kills this season and was a unanimous All NI Big 12 First-Team selection. The hitter’s strengths extended to the defensive end of the floor, where she was crucial in serve-receive and tallied 196 digs.

“She is the defensive backbone to the team on serve-receive,” Klock said. “She is the go-to person when we need a score and has been the 100 percent practice player for the last two years voted by her teammates.”

Courtney Bemis
DeKalb, jr., outside hitter
The Wisconsin commit is the area’s most explosive hitter, piling up 270 kills this season. One of two contributors to return from last year’s squad, she was crucial during DeKalb’s run to another third consecutive regional championship.

Next season, Bemis will return to a lineup that brings back all five of its Daily Chronicle All-Area selections.

Madison Lord
DeKalb, jr., setter
Lord was DeKalb’s other holdover from last year’s squad, and her experience was huge for a team that struggled late in the regular season before pulling it together and making a strong playoff run. The junior had 458 assists in her second year as a varsity starter.

“She contributed to our team in every aspect and deserves high recognition,” DeKalb coach Ben Fisher said. “Not only do I think she is one of the best setters in the area, but one of the best volleyball players in the area, too.”

Olivia Cotton
Genoa-Kingston, jr., libero

Cotton was a leader for a G-K team that had a strong season, and she was the area’s top libero in 2012, tallying 435 digs. The three-year varsity starter will return to a Cogs team that should be even stronger in 2012.

“Her ability to interpret an opposing team’s strength as motivation to play at a higher level is unparalleled in my 19 seasons as a head coach,” G-K coach Keith Foster said.

Ellie Dunn
Kaneland, jr., outside hitter

Dunn was a vital piece of the Knights’ surprising season. The junior piled up 216 kills and 42 blocks and the Knights added a regional title plaque to their trophy case. Dunn will be a key piece as the Knights look to contend for their first Northern Illinois Big 12 title in 2013.

Lyndi Scholl
Kaneland, sr., outside hitter
Lauren Banbury
Kaneland, sr., middle blocker
Keri Groen
Kaneland, sr., middle blocker
Hannah Knox
Sycamore, sr., outside hitter
Courtney Wagner
DeKalb, jr., middle blocker
Christina Dailey
Sycamore, jr., libero
Kate Thuestad 
Indian Creek, sr., outside hitter

Ashley Prost

Kaneland, sr., setter
Abbey Hickey
DeKalb, jr., outside hitter
Nicole Schladt
DeKalb, so., libero
Vanessa Garza
Genoa-Kingston, sr., outside hitter
Beth Klein
Hinckley-Big Rock, sr., middle blocker
Lauren Paver
Hinckley-Big Rock, jr., outside hitter
Dani Clark
Hiawatha, sr., outside hitter
Dallas Boehne
Indian Creek, sr., setter

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