The #3 Cobras wrapped up the Des Moines Area CC Invite with matches vs #24 Waubonsee and MCC-Longview.
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.
#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
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.
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).
#1 Cobras concluded play at the Vincennes Showdown with matches versus
Vincennes University (IN) and Cincinnati State CC (OH).
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.
The #1 Parkland Cobras traveled to the Vincennes Showdown in Vincennes, Indiana for a quartet of matches on Friday and Saturday.
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.
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.
#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
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
#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.
The #1 Parkland College volleyball team faced two more difficult opponents today in #18 Muskegon CC and Rock Valley College.
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
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.
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
#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 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.
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up the Cavalier Invite in Kankakee with two more 3-0 sweeps.
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.
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
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
The Cobras are now 16-1 and will take on Ancilla College and Robert Morris on Saturday in Kankakee.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up their strong play at the Kirkwood Invitational in Cedar Rapids, IA.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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 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.