Meet the 2018 Northwest Herald All-Area Volleyball team.
• FIRST TEAM
Taylor Jakubowski, Huntley, jr., S – Jakubowski is a Northwest Herald All-Area first-team selection for the third season in a row. The Seton Hall commit led all area players with 895 assists for the Fox Valley Conference runner-up, adding a team-best 408 digs and 29 aces. Jakubowski and the Red Raiders went 35-4 and won their third consecutive regional title.
Jayden Otto, Prairie Ridge, sr., S – Otto, the Northwest Herald Volleyball Player of the Year, led the Wolves (29-12) to their first Class 4A state tournament in program history and third state trip since the school opened in 1997. Otto passed out 550 assists with 102 digs and 26 blocks and finished her four-year career with the 16th most assists in state history (2,648), according to IHSA.org. She'll play next year at NCAA Division-I Eastern Michigan University.
Loren Alberts, Huntley, sr., MB – Alberts had a huge impact on the block for Huntley and led all area players with 165 total blocks. The 5-foot-10 senior recorded 198 kills and 23 aces for the Raiders, who finished with their most wins (35) since going 36-7 in 1997. Alberts, who will play at Daemen College in Amhurst, New York, was an American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour All-American honorable mention selection.
Brooke Amann, Woodstock North, jr., OH – Amann had a monster season for the Thunder, earning All-Area first-team honors for the second season in a row. The 6-foot junior broke her own program record with an area-leading 483 kills and 83 aces, adding 295 digs for North. The Thunder finished 22-17, surpassing the program's previous best of 20 wins set last season, and capturing their first regional title in school history.
Julia Johnson, Huntley, sr., OH – Johnson was second in the area with 325 kills and a big reason why the Raiders led the area with 35 wins. The Army commit added 216 digs and 31 aces for Huntley and was an All-Area first-team selection for the first time. She smashed 15 kills in the sectional finals against St. Charles East.
Sammi Lockwood, Prairie Ridge, sr., MB – Lockwood came back from injury and had her best high school season with 220 kills and 70 blocks, helping lead the Wolves to the state tournament, where Prairie Ridge finished fourth. Lockwood, who will play next year at Notre Dame, was an Under Armour All-American second-team selection.
Sarah Zayas, Huntley, sr., L – Zayas was a standout defender and led area players with 434 digs, breaking the school record. The 5-foot-3 senior libero set the tone defensively for the Raiders and was second on the team with 42 aces. Huntley won 22 straight matches before losing to St. Charles East in a sectional final.
• SECOND TEAM
Camryn Hausler, Crystal Lake Central, jr., S-OPP
Adisyn Illg, Johnsburg, sr., S
Hannah Baudin, Prairie Ridge, jr., OH
Madde Blake, Crystal Lake Central, jr., OH
Emma Konie, Huntley, so., RS
Maggie Wallenberger, Jacobs, so., OH
Gabby Depersio, McHenry, sr., L
• HONORABLE MENTION
Olivia Annen, Prairie Ridge, sr., OH
Hanna Berry, Woodstock, jr., OH
Emily Eder, Woodstock North, sr., S
Lauren Kunke, Woodstock North, sr., L
Evynn Layshock, Cary-Grove, jr., OH
Maddy McCormick, Crystal Lake Central, so., OH
Issy Nick, Marian Central, sr., OH
Hayley Schmidt, Johnsburg, jr., OH
Riley Seagren, Hampshire, sr., OH
Karina Simatos, Crystal Lake Central, so., L
Trinity Sheridan, Prairie Ridge, jr., OPP
Jenna Splitt, Cary-Grove, so., RS-S
Madeline Timmerman, Crystal Lake Central, so., MB
Sophie Wicker, Woodstock, jr., S