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-10/11/2014
The #3 Cobras wrapped up the Des Moines Area CC Invite with matches vs #24 Waubonsee and MCC-Longview.

In the opening match of the day, PC faced Waubonsee who was coming off a 3-set sweep off the new #1 Kirkwood last evening. But the Cobras came out and overpowered the northern Illinois team in a 3-set sweep 25-21, 25-15, 25-21. Lori VanBeek led the offensive production with 13 kills while Elise Dahlke had 8 kills, and Alayna Jackson also had 8 while hitting .800 on the match. VanBeek also had 8 blocks while Hayley Gray had 6. Kaitlyn Hunt had 12 digs and Morgan Hickman and Madison Weldon each had 17 assists.

In the final match of the weekend, PC had an offensive explosion with 45 kills with another sweep over MCC-Longview out of Kansas City 25-18, 25-20, 25-20. Dahlke had a career high 18 kills in just three sets. VanBeek, Flaws and Lizzy Barnard had 7 kills apiece while Barnard also had a team-high 11 digs. VanBeek notched another 6 blocks.

Parkland improves to 37-2 ahead of a triangular at home on Wednesday with Olivet Nazarene and Millikin JV starting at 3:30pm.


-10/10/2014
The #3 Cobras  made their final long-distance regular season tournament start Friday at the DMACC Invite in Boone, Iowa. The Cobras had two matches  vs D1 Marshalltown (Iowa) and the #8 Bears in the afternoon match.

In the first match, PC swept Marshalltown 25-13, 25-21, 25-17. The tempo of the match was an odd one as both teams bombed serves back-and-forth never really allowing either team to get into much of a rhythm. Lizzy Barnard had a career high 8 service aces on her own. Lori VanBeek led the offense with 8 kills and 5 blocks. Teigan Flaws had 6 kills and 4 blocks, Elise Dahlke had 5 kills while Alayna Jackson led the blocking effort with 10. Morgan Hickman led the defensive effort with 15 digs, and Hickman and Madison Weldon combined for 18 assists.

In the second match vs #8 DMACC, the Bears brought in a 15-6 record with some impressive top 10 wins. DMACC came out quickly in the first set leading the Cobras 14-7 before PC pushed the set to extra points before falling 24-26. However, the Cobras found their flow throughout the rest of the match taking the next three sets 25-14, 25-20, 25-19. VanBeek impressed again with 13 kills and 10 blocks while Dahlke and Jackson had 9 apiece, and Flaws had 8. Barnard had 6 blocks and 10 digs, and Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with 19 digs and another aggressive serving match for the team with 5 aces on her own. Weldon notched 22 assists and Hickman had 17.

Parkland improves to 35-2 overall with two more matches tomorrow vs #24 Waubonsee (IL) and MCC-Longview (MO).


-10/04/2014
The #1 Cobras concluded play at the Vincennes Showdown with matches versus Vincennes University (IN) and Cincinnati State CC (OH).

In the morning match, Parkland exhibited a high level of volleyball skills with tough serving, pinpoint serve receive and kills, digs and blocks to sweep the Trailblazers 25-14, 25-13, and 25-10. The Cobras set a team high .451 hitting percentage with 41 kills, 9 errors on 71 attempts. Lizzy Barnard led the way with 8 kills, Lori VanBeek had 7 and Alayna Jackson and Teigan Flaws had 6 apiece. PC also had a season high from the service line with 14 aces with Miaya Peacock securing 3 on her own and Kaitlyn Hunt had 12 digs in the match.

In the second match, the Cobras swept a much improved Cincinnati State team 25-15, 25-22, 25-20. VanBeek had 11 kills in the match and Elise Dahlke had 8. Kailey Kleinert had 5 blocks for the defense in the front row while Hunt had 17 digs to lead the back row effort. Madison Weldon and Morgan Hickman led the setting effort with a combined 34 assists in the match.

Parkland improves to 33-2.


-10/03/2014
The #1 Parkland Cobras traveled to the Vincennes Showdown in Vincennes, Indiana for a quartet of matches on Friday and Saturday.

In the opening round match, the Cobras faced (20-3) Division 1 Wallace State out of Alabama who entered the afternoon with a 15 match winning streak. PC came out red hot winning the first set 25-9, but Wallace State settled down on serve receive and utilized some high flying middles and right side to overpower the Cobras 22-25 and 24-26. Libero Kaitlyn Hunt then had to leave the match with flu-like symptoms and Miaya Peacock stepped in admirably at libero while Kelly Lean took her shot to set the offense and both succeeded in helping the Cobras win the remaining sets 25-20 and 15-11 to earn the match win 3-2. A quartet of Cobras notched double-digit kills with Lori VanBeek (18), Lizzy Barnard (14), Teigan Flaws (13) and Elise Dahlke (11) as the Cobras had a season high 68 team kills and hit .342. Alayna Jackson led the blocking effort with 9 while Hayley Gray and Barnard had 4 each. Despite being sick and not playing the final sets, Kaitlyn Hunt still had a team-high 18 digs and Barnard had 14. Madison Weldon had 29 assists, 4 aces and 12 digs in the match while Morgan Hickman had 14 assists and Kelly Lean had 12.

In the second match, the Cobras swept Sinclair CC of Ohio 25-14, 25-20, 26-24. VanBeek had 10 kills while Jackson, Peacock, and Kailey Kleinert had 7 kills each. Jackson and Kleinert had 5 blocks each, Ayla Dew had 13 digs, while Hunt had 12 and Peacock 10. Weldon finished with 19 assists, Hickman 12 and Lean 7.


-09/27/2014
The #1 ranked team traveled to southern Illinois for a series of matches on Saturday. The Cobras started their day with a pair of games in Belleville and wrapped up the day with a match in Ina against Rend Lake.

In the 11 am match the Cobras faced off against the McKendree JV winning by the scores of 25-14, 27-25, and 25-16. The PC offense was balanced with birthday girl Lizzy Barnard notching 7 kills, Lori VanBeek 6, and the group of Alayna Jackson, Kailey Kleinert, Teigan Flaws, Hayley Gra, and Elise Dahlke each finishing with 4. VanBeek and Kleinert added 6 blocks while Flaws and Rowan Crozier each tallied 5. Madison Weldon had 15 assists and Kelly Lean 14 while Miaya Peacock had a career high 17 digs.

In the 1 pm Region 24 match against Southwestern Illinois College, PC cruised to another 3-0 win by the scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-13. VanBeek caught fire with 12 kills and 0 errors on 15 attempts to go along with 7 blocks. Flaws had 8 kills and Dahlke 7 with no errors on 15 attempts as well. Weldon finished with 18 assists while Morgan Hickman had 14.  Barnard led the way with 15 digs and Peacock added 10.

Following the two matches the Cobras drove back to the middle part of southern Illinois to take on another Region 24 foe, Rend Lake College. Once again PC was ready, taking control early in a 25-7, 25-16, and 25-17 sweep of the Warriors. Jackson paced the offense with 8 kills, Ayla Dew and Crozier 6 apiece. Hickman came up with 17 assists while VanBeek had 5 blocks and Madison Harpest and Dew each finished with 10 digs.

The wins improve PC to 29-1 ahead of a Wednesday night Region 24 showdown at #8 Illinois Central in East Peoria. The winner of that match will virtually assure themselves the top seed in the Region 24 Tournament to be held the first weekend of November at SWI
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-09/25/2014
The #1 Cobras traveled to Springfield to face region and conference foe Lincoln Land CC. Lincoln Land is a fast improving team that had won 8 of its last 10 matches.

LLCC matched the Cobras early in the first set, but Parkland pushed ahead and didn't look back for the 3-set sweep in scores of 25-20, 25-15,and 25-16. Alayna Jackson had the best match of her freshman season with 8 kills and a season high record of 14 blocks. Teigan Flaws paired up with Jackson several times for 10 blocks if her own to go along with 5 kills. Lizzy Barnard and Lori VanBeek each had 7 kills. Kaitlyn Hunt did an excellent job in the back row for the Cobras with a team-high 16 digs, and Madison Harpest (16) and Madison Weldon (14) led an aggressive serving attack scoring 30 points in total on their serve. Weldon also did a nice job running the offense with 17 assists and Morgan Hickman had 10.

The Cobras helped celebrate Coach Cliff Hastings birthday with the win and improved to 26-1 overall and 3-0 in the M-WAC. PC travels down to Belleville on Saturday for 11am and 1pm matches vs McKendree JV and Southwestern Illinois before then traveling over to Ina that evening for a 6pm match vs Rend Lake.

-09/20/2014
The #1 Parkland College volleyball team faced two more difficult opponents today in #18 Muskegon CC and Rock Valley College.

In PC's first match, the Cobras faced a rematch with #18 Muskegon. PC defeated Muskegon 3-1 in the first tournament of the season, and the rematch proved even more difficult in a fun 3-2 victory 25-23, 22-25, 25-9, 22-25, 15-12. Lori VanBeek had a career high 20 kills and notched 7 blocks. Teigan Flaws joined VanBeek in double-digit kills with 13. Ayla Dew and Alayna Jackson both had 7 kills in the match. Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with 24 digs, and Lizzy Barnard had 17 to go along with 4 service aces. Madison Weldon notched 25 assists while Morgan Hickman had 18.

In the nightcap, PC swept Rock Valley 25-11, 25-17, 25-15. VanBeek had 10 kills and 5 blocks, Miaya Peacock had 6 kills and Kailey Kleinert had 5 kills and 5 blocks. Weldon had 10 assists, Kelly Lean had 9 and Hickman 8. Madison Harpest had 7 digs in the match.


-09/19/2014
The Cobras host their annual Invitational this Friday-Sunday and as usual the tourney is loaded with top NJCAA programs. In addition to the #1 Cobras, the field includes #4 Johnson County KS, #6 Illinois Central, #7 Kirkwood, #13 Iowa Central, #16 Des Moines Area CC, #17 Muskegon, and #23 Owens CC as well as a very tough Lake Land College team.

Parkland match schedule for Invite:
Friday September 19
4:15 #1 Parkland vs #7 Kirkwood
7:45 vs #23 Owens

Saturday September 20:
1:15 vs #17 Muskegon
6:30 vs Rock Valley

Sunday September 21:
10:45 vs #4 Johnson County
12:30 vs Lake Land


-09/17/2014
The #1 Cobras traveled to Lincoln Illinois for a conference match on Wednesday night vs the 6-3 Lincoln College Lynx. PC controlled the tempo in the first two sets, had a minor stumble in the third, and then regained their composure in the fourth to take the match 25-8, 25-15, 19-25, 25-15. Credit to Lincoln for playing loose, confident volleyball in set 3 to push the match to a fourth.

Lori VanBeek led the offense with 10 kills, and Lizzy Barnard and Elise Dahlke both registered 7 apiece. Morgan Hickman had 20 assists while Madison Weldon had 15 assists and 8 digs. Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with 14 digs in the contest.

The Cobras improve to 19-1 overall and 2-0 in the M-WAC. Lincoln drops to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Parkland has six matches this weekend in the always difficult Parkland Invite. PC kicks off with #7 Kirkwood on Friday at 4:15pm. The Eagles are an impressive 13-1 on the season.


-09/13/2014
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up the Cavalier Invite in Kankakee with two more 3-0 sweeps.

In the first match, the Cobras defeated Ancilla College of Indiana 25-13, 25-19, 25-9. Lizzy Barnard led the offense with 7 kills, Alayna Jackson had 6, and Teigan Flaws and Elise Dahlke had 5 apiece. Morgan Hickman and Madison Weldon had 12 assists apiece and Kelly Lean had 9. Madison Harpest scored 10 points on her serve while Hickman had 4 aces. Kaitlyn Hunt also had 11 digs for the Cobras.

In the second match, PC faced off with NAIA and four-year school Robert Morris University of Springfield. PC swept RMU 25-15, 25-10, 25-11. Lori VanBeek led the Cobras with 9 kills. Ayla Dew got her career high with 8 kills, and Maiya Peacock also had 5. Kelly Lean led the Cobras with 15 assists, and Madison Weldon had 14. Dew also had 10 service points and 3 aces while Weldon had 4 aces of her own. VanBeek had 5 blocks in the match.

Parkland improves to 18-1 and next face Lincoln College in Lincoln on Wednesday evening.


-09/12/2014
The #1 Parkland Cobras traveled to Kankakee for the Cavalier Invite for a series of matches this weekend. A primary key to this year's Cobra team is that all 15 players are high-level players that brought great play in the two 3-0 sweeps on the evening.

In match 1, the Cobras faced the host team Kankakee. PC came out fast sweeping the Cavaliers 25-12, 25-19, 25-16. Teigan Flaws and Lizzy Barnard led the Cobra attack with 8 kills each while Lori VanBeek, Alayna Jackson and Kailey Kleinert each had 5 kills. Kleinert had her best match of the season leading the Cobras with 8 blocks as well. Madison Weldon (13), Morgan Hickman (10) and Kelly Lean (9) combined for 32 assists, and Kaitlyn Hunt had 10 digs.

In the second match, the Cobras defeated Sauk Valley 25-15, 25-20, 25-21. Flaws again led the offense with 6 kills while Jackson, VanBeek, Elise Dahlke and Miaya Peacock each had 5. Hickman and Weldon notched 17 and 14 assists, respectively. Lizzy Barnard had 3 aces, and Kleinert once again led the block with 5 and Flaws had 4. Hunt played one of her best matches of the season notching 19 digs in only 2 sets of play.

The Cobras are now 16-1 and will take on Ancilla College and Robert Morris on Saturday in Kankakee.


-09/11/2014
Kaljit Atwal scored a pair of goals on Thursday to help the Parkland Women's Soccer team overcome a sluggish effort against a fired-up Illinois Central College team and lead the Cobras to a come-from-behind 2-1 win in East Peoria.

Playing a day after the regularly scheduled match was postponed due to inclement weather, it was ICC who came out ready to play. The winless Cougars would get on the board first as Savanna Rhodes scored off a corner kick 27 minutes into the match to give ICC a 1-0 lead. It looked like that lead would hold up going to the half but Atwal would score off a Cobra free kick with just 2 minutes remaining in the half to tie the match at 1.

Neither team could break the tie for the better part of the second half until Atwal once again found the back of the net with an assist from Catherine McHale to put PC on top. From there, the Cobras would hang on for the important road win. PC finished the afternoon with 13 shots to 7 from ICC. The win improves PC to (4-0 2-0) while the Cougars fall to (0-5 0-2).

Parkland will face their most difficult competition of the young season on Saturday when they host #11 Lewis and Clark starting at 1:00. The Blazers are (7-0) on the year and have yet to allow a goal this season, outscoring their competition 60-0 in those seven wins.



-09/10/2014
Big crowd spurs #1 Cobras to M-WAC win! The #1 ranked Cobras volleyball team finally got a chance to play at home after 14 matches on the road facing conference and region opponent Lewis & Clark CC.

The Cobras came out confident and clean versus the Trailblazers taking an early 18-8 first set lead. The Blazers did a nice job at the end of set 1 to push the Cobra to a set win to 25-16. Parkland came out with even more intensity in set 2 quickly winning the set 25-8. The third set saw L&C settle into a nice rhythm, forcing Parkland into some unnecessary errors, before the Parkland rallied with a push at the end of the set for a 3-0 sweep with a score of 25-23 in the third.

All 15 Cobras got significant time tonight. Offensively, Parkland was led by Alayna Jackson's 8 kills hitting an impressive .636 while Lori VanBeek had 6 kills with an .857 hitting percentage. As a team, the Cobras hit an impressive .410 which was a season high. The trio of setters (Morgan Hickman, Madison Weldon and Kelly Lean) combined for 30 assists in the match while Madison Harpest had 3 aces and Weldon had 2.

Parkland improves to 14-1 overall and now 1-0 in the M-WAC. A special thank you to an amazing crowd in which we celebrated both area high school volleyball programs as well as the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Group. Next up for the Cobras is a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday at the Kankakee Invitational. The Cobras are in the five team field along with Kankakee, Sauk Valley, Ancilla, and Robert Morris.

-09/08/2014
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up their strong play at the Kirkwood Invitational in Cedar Rapids, IA.

After a slow start, the Cobras swept the fast-paced Tritons 3-0 in scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-20. Iowa Central's strategy was to key on VanBeek and Flaws which opened up the outside attack for the Cobras leading to Elise Dahlke and Lizzy Barnard sharing match high kill honors at 9 apiece. VanBeek and Flaws both had 5 kills apiece on the match. Madison Weldon had 18 assists and Morgan Hickman had 10. For the defense, Kaitlin Hunt led the Cobras with 15 digs and Alayna Jackson had 5 blocks. Barnard and Jackson also gave the Cobras 3 and 2 service aces respectively.

In the afternoon, PC had a rematch of the 2013 national semi-finals with #3 Johnson County of Kansas. The Cavaliers came out red hot downing the Cobras in set one, 25-16 but Parkland did an excellent job keeping its composure, wearing down Johnson County with their size and speed, winning the next three sets 25-20, 25-12, 25-21. VanBeek again caught fire, with a match high 16 kills with Flaws, Dahlke, and Barnard all contributing 7. Madison Weldon had her first double-double of the season with 21 assists and 12 digs. Fellow sophomore setter, Morgan Hickman had 22 assists in the match. Hunt, Barnard, and Madison Harpest controlled the defense for the Cobras with 21, 14, and 12 digs respectively. VanBeek notched a double-double with her 10 blocks, while Flaws had 6 and Hayley Gray got a career high 5. Barnard continued her strong serving game with 13 service points, including 4 aces on the match.

Parkland improves to 13-1, now with 9 top-20 wins on the young season. The Cobras have their first home match of the season, Wednesday, September 10th versus Lewis & Clark at 6pm.



-08/25/2014
The #1 Cobras volleyball concluded day 2 of the Wisconsin Dells Invitational with two more victories, pushing their over-all record to 4-0 to start the season. In the first match on Saturday, PC defeated a much improved Mott team from Michigan. Mott had notched a couple of upset wins on day one so the Cobras had to fight hard to sweep them 3-0 by the scores of 25-18, 25-20, and 25-20. Lori VanBeek continued her strong offensive play leading the Cobras with 11 kills with Elise Dahlke and Teigan Flaws contributing 6 each. Setters Madison Weldon and Morgan Hickman ran the offense and provided 15 and 14 assists, respectively. Sophomore libero, Kaitlin Hunt had 20 digs for the Cobras and Weldon and Miaya Peacock each had 2 aces.

In match two, the Cobras faced #13 Muskegon of Michigan. All 15 players for Parkland helped push the Cobras to a 3-1 victory with scores of 25-13, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18. Vanbeek had 16 kills while Flaws and Lizzy Barnard pounded 9 each. Setters Weldon and Hickman ran the offense with 26 and 21 assists, respectively. Hunt once again led the defensive effort with 23 digs. Peacock again performed well at the service line with 5 aces.

The Cobras next travel to Toledo, Ohio for the Owens Labor Day Invitational from August 29-31. PC will play six times over the three days including matches against #6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, #18 Catawba Valley as well as perennial power Monroe College of NY.

-08/25/2014
The #1 ranked Cobras headed north for the inaugural tournament of the 2014 season in the Wisconsin Dells. The Cobras faced two out-of-region opponents on Friday in Carl Sandburg College (IL) and #13 ranked Kansas City Kansas CC.

Parkland hit an impressive .318 against CSC in the 11am match en route to a 3-0 win, 25-15, 25-12, 25-20. All fifteen Cobras made their debut in the match with sophomores Lori VanBeek and Teigan Flaws leading the attack with 8 kills each. Sophomore libero Kaitlyn Hunt had 11 digs and 13 service points on the match, and classmate Morgan Hickman had 8 digs to go along with 11 assists. Fellow sophomore and setter Madison Weldon also notched 11 assists, while Ayla Dew had two service aces.

In match #2, the Cobras faced a fast and athletic KCKCC team ranked #13 in the nation. The Cobras knocked off the Blue Devils from Kansas 3-1 in scores of 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16. VanBeek and Flaws again led the offense with 10 and 9 kills respectively while freshman Lizzy Barnard also notched 9. VanBeek also had 8 block assists with freshman Hayley Gray putting back 5. Hunt had a terrific match in the back row digging up 23 balls, and the sophomore setters found confidence and comfort running a solid offense with Weldon recording 18 assists and Hickman 16. Barnard also recorded 5 aces for the Cobras, and Weldon had 3 aces and an outstanding 19 service points.


-08/20/2014
The Parkland College Volleyball team will open the 2014 season with the #1 ranking in the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Poll. The Cobras, who finished 2nd in 2013, open their season this Friday and Saturday at the South Suburban Classic in the Wisconsin Dells. PC will face Carl Sandburg and #12 Kansas City KS Community College on Friday before facing off against a pair of Michigan schools, Mott and #13 Muskegon on Saturday.

As always, the Cobras will be tested early as they face nine other teams ranked in the top 20 during the first three weeks of the season. After seeing two ranked squads in Wisconsin, PC will play three of six matches at the Owens Invitational against ranked foes (#6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, and #18 Catawba Valley). The Kirkwood Invitational, a week later, is loaded with talent as PC will take on defending National Champion and #2 Cowley, #3 Johnson County, #5 Central Nebraska, and #7 Iowa Central.

Parkland is scheduled to go up against 13 of the top 20 teams at some point in time during the upcoming season. The Cobras will play their first three tournaments and 14 matches on the road before playing for the first time at home on September 10 against M-WAC rival Lewis and Clark.


Parkland Volleyball Welcomes Back Alumni


On Saturday, August 16, thirteen alumni from the last several years came back “home” to Parkland to reconnect, see the new facilities, and challenge the current squad of fifteen to several matches throughout the day. The current Parkland squad won the split squad matches as well as the first three sets of the combined team effort, but after a few sets, the Alumni got a sense of comfort with each other and came back to win the final set of the day. The Alumni were content on the final victory and rushed to the ice and tylenol to rest from a fun day on both sides of the net. The celebration then continued into the evening with a dinner hosted by the current Parkland team for the alumni and families. Thank you to the assistant coaches who put together the fun evening and for all the alumni and families that came back to celebrate.

Parkland Green def. Alumni 1 - 25-9, 25-18
Parkland Green def. Alumni 2 - 25-21, 25-22
Parkland Yellow def. Alumni 1 - 25-18, 25-21
Parkland Yellow def. Alumni 2 - 25-19, 25-23
Parkland def. Alumni - 25-22, 25-11, 25-13, 20-25

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Commitments for the 2014 class of the Parkland College Volleyball team.
This group of nine players brings quite a bit of success ranging geographically from within Champaign all the way to Australia. Each also brings a wealth of team and individual experience earned prior to Parkland. They balance each other along with the returning sophomores—to make for another team that will compete for a national championship in the 2014 season. Below is a list of the nine entering freshmen with information about each.


Lizzy Barnard

Lizzy is a 5’9” outside hitter who has been highly decorated throughout her high school career. In her junior season at Tri-County HS, she helped lead the Lady Titans to a 35-2 record and a 3rd-place finish in the Class 1A state championship. Lizzy was the offensive team leader that year with 291 kills and also had 165 digs and 70 aces. In her senior season, she led Unity HS to its best season in years, banging 402 kills, 303 digs, and 59 aces. In the process, Lizzy was named the News-Gazette Area Player of the Year and was named to the 2013 All-State Second Team alongside girls committed to University of Illinois, University of Florida, and University of Wisconsin to name a few. Lizzy has also had a lot of club success; she helped lead her Prime Time team to three consecutive Great Lakes Region bids to USAV Junior Nationals, capped off by an 11th-place finish in Dallas in 2013.

Lizzy joins Parkland following in her very successful parents’ footsteps. Her dad, Jeff, was a standout baseball player at Parkland and her mom, Mindy, is a former News-Gazette Player of the Year and Parkland volleyball player as well. Lizzy has an infectious smile and work ethic. She brings a high level of competitiveness on the court while balancing kindness and teamwork throughout. Her athleticism and volleyball knowledge are impressive and will serve her well throughout her Parkland career.

Rowan Crozier
Rowan, a 6’0” athletic middle hitter, comes to Parkland from a successful three-year career at DeLand-Weldon HS prior to her senior year at Monticello HS. As a sophomore, Rowan had a unique role on her D-L High School team in that she was a middle hitter and setter. She led D-L to a few of its most successful seasons in decades. In her junior year, Rowan was awarded as named to the 2nd team News-Gazette Area Team as well as that of the Decatur Herald & Review. In her senior year, she was named as one of the “Nifty Fifty” News-Gazette Area players to watch that season in her move to Monticello. To round out her already difficult duo of being a middle and setter, she converted to outside hitter at Monticello her senior year. With this robust experience, she brings a unique sense of being able to play many different positions successfully at Parkland.
 
After several years of success at Illini Elite, Rowan brought a diverse skill set to Prime Time Volleyball Club her senior year, where her team won the 18s division of the WCPL to earn a bid to USAV Nationals in Minneapolis. Rowan has a phenomenal vertical and brings a well-balanced demeanor to the court. She is well-liked and respected by her teammates and coaches throughout her playing seasons, and she exudes a quiet confidence that will serve her well at Parkland.

Ayla Dew
Ayla is a 5’10” outside hitter from Champaign Centennial HS. She brings an all-around game to Parkland with a balance of outstanding achievements in both the back and front rows. She led Centennial’s 31-8 team with 249 kills, 182 digs and 29 aces in her senior season. Ayla was named a News-Gazette First Team player in 2013 as well as received an outstanding state honor in being named to the Illinois Honorable Mention 100 list. She brings with her a long career of success both at the school and club level. Ayla has experienced a great deal of national success; her club team enjoyed successful finishes in power leagues, National Qualifiers, and USAV Nationals, topped off with an 11th-place finish at USAV Nationals in 2013. In high school, Ayla was a 6-rotation leader for their sectional championship her senior year and was part of the state 3rd place finish in Class 3A for Centennial in 2012.
 
Ayla provides a focused desire balanced with a sense of calm and confidence that gives her teammates the necessary emotional leader that all successful teams need. She’s a hard-worker who does a good job of balancing team growth with individual growth. Ayla will provide many attributes to the team, both on and off the court due to her balance, passion for life, and excellent communication skills with coaches and teammates.

Hayley Gray
Hayley, a 6’0” right side hitter, is a volleyball and softball standout from Watseka High School. She is a two-time Sangamon Valley Conference First Team award winner and was a driving force in Watseka’s regional championship her senior year. As a part of Prime Time Volleyball Club, Hayley was an opposing blocker in her team’s Show-Me National Qualifier; took a first-place finish in 2013 as the only junior on the 18 Blue team; and has continued to achieve great individual and team success in this year’s 18 Blue team.

As a middle in high school and club until this season, Hayley has adopted a great deal of volleyball knowledge and repetitions for the pace of the game at the collegiate level. Working as the second middle with Prime Time her junior year with Rachel Jones (Bradley University), Hayley was able to learn much about being a great middle. This year, she has transitioned to the right side to take full advantage of her opposing block against outside hitters as well as her much improved defensive game as well.

Madison Harpest
Madison is a tenacious libero from Tri-Valley High School. This two-year co-captain for the Lady Vikings helped lead her team in back-to-back 20+ win seasons, including a regional championship junior year in which she was named 2nd team All-Conference Sangamon Valley and broke the school season record with 358 digs. Not to be outdone in her senior season, she helped the team to 22-8 overall; was named First Team All-Conference; broke her own season dig record with 371; and was 2nd in the Pantagraph news distribution area with 5.5 digs/set. In addition, the Pantagraph listed Madison as an All-Area Honorable Mention in the highly competitive B-N volleyball area. Madison’s passion for volleyball continued into several successful club seasons both with Illini Elite and Eastside.

It’s not very often that a libero gets much recognition or press, but that probably serves Madison just fine. Her love for the game burns from within. Madison is a strong example of not needing to be loud to play loudly. Her skills both on serve-receive and defense were solid and made an impression, but it was her desire, work ethic, and passion for the game, as well as her teammates, that left the most lasting impression.

Alayna Jackson
Alayna, a 5’9” middle hitter, played for three years at Urbana High School and then her senior year at Centennial. She was a major element in Centennial’s sectional championship in 2013. Alayna was named to an elite All-Tournament Team at the Mizuno Sports Performance President’s Day Tournament in 2012 and has continued to expand her game ever since. In addition, she has been the starting middle for her Prime Time team, where she has earned a number of individual awards and has enjoyed team success capped off by an 11th-place finish at USAV Nationals in 2013.
 
Alayna has an outstanding vertical, great speed, and the mental preparedness required to be a dominant middle. Although she often illustrates power in beating opposing middles, she can just as easily use finesse and court smarts to beat them. Alayna’s enjoyment of the game is evident in her beaming smile, which gives her teammates a level of enjoyment for practices and matches alike.

Kailey Kleinert
A 5’11’ middle hitter from Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, Kailey helped the Panthers to an undefeated Sangamon Valley Conference regular season championship in 2012, after guiding PBL to win its own regular season tournament against a number of tough area teams. Kailey was named to the SVC First team, as well as to a series of all-tournament teams, both her junior and senior years. She was named to the News-Gazette All-Area Second team and to the inaugural area All-Star game. One special accolade awarded to Kailey was that she was named the News-Gazette Athlete of the Week in September 2013. Kailey played both for Prime Time Volleyball Club, where she competed at USAV Junior Nationals as a 16, and for Peak Performance.

Kailey’s athletic gifts have made her a standout on the court since her early high school playing days. She has a vertical and length that can’t be taught. The only thing on the court that stands out more than her athleticism is her constant smile and joy of playing the sport. Her infectious personality encourages her team to find the fun in each challenge, as everyone works hard to be successful. As a coach, one looks first for potential players who will make their team successful, but then immediately looks for what those athletes bring to the team in terms of nonathletic attributes. Kailey embodies joy, and we look forward to being surrounded by that passion for the next two years.

Kelly Lean
Kelly, also called Kell, joins Parkland from Upwey High School, near the city of Melbourne in the state of Victoria, Australia. As the primary setter running a 5-1 offense for the Victorian Under 19 state team, Kell brings experience, communication ability, and leadership to the Cobras. Her Victorian U19 team finished fourth at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships in July 2013. She has received a number of school and tournament awards for her high level of volleyball play. In addition, she has spent time coaching younger players who look to follow in her footsteps.
 
Kell brings speed, strength, and a tenacious desire to succeed. She is a mature young woman who communicates impressively both with her coaches and her teammates. Her former state team involvement offers her new team a wealth of on-the-court skills and high-level performance potential, while her international experiences bring unique perspectives that will help Parkland succeed.

Miaya Peacock
Miaya, an outside hitter from Champaign Centennial HS, possesses an athleticism few can match. The word “dynamic” still understates the vertical power, speed, and strength she brings to the volleyball court. In her senior season at Centennial, Miaya took 245 kills, 198 digs, and 58 service aces. She has experienced success both at the school and club level along with a great deal of national success with her club team, capped off by winning the WCPL, both as 16s and 17s, to earn a Nationals bid. As a 17, she helped Prime Time 17 Blue finish 11th in the National division at the USAV Nationals in Dallas, Texas, with a number of upset wins along the way. In high school, Miaya was a strong force behind their sectional championship her senior year and was part of Centennial’s 3rd-place state finish in Class 3A in 2012.
 
Although often faced with comments that she is undersized, Miaya converts those question marks into a gritty, blue-collar work ethic that provides highlight film plays for her teams. She brings a unique element to the start of every match: She is an intimidating player to watch due to her high-flying, hard-hitting warm-ups. In the back row, Miaya continues to show key strengths, with outstanding serve-receive, intelligent reads on defense, and heavy serves that provide her team a lot of free points.
 
 

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