Led by Player of the Year Ella Bourque, here is the Record Newspapers All-Area volleyball team.
Saige Avery, Yorkville, senior, setter/right side: Four-year varsity player and all-conference pick had 209 kills, 366 assists, 55 aces, 162 digs and 29 blocks to help lead Foxes to first conference championship since 2015 and first regional title since 2017. Will play collegiately at Ohio Dominican.
Ella Bourque, Yorkville, senior, setter/right side: Record Newspapers Player of the Year was Team MVP and all-conference selection. Bourque, a Canisius recruit, had 209 kills, 480 assists, 51 aces, 181 digs and 16 blocks as Foxes won first conference championship since 2015 and first regional since 2007.
Destiny Grey, Oswego, senior, outside hitter: Repeat All-Area selection recently committed to McKendree University. Grey averaged eight kills, three blocks and three digs per match.
Audrey Rome, Sandwich, senior, outside hitter: Connecticut recruit. All-conference pick and All-Tournament at Joliet Central, Rome finished the season with 270 kills and 41 blocks.
Zoe Schuberth, Yorkville Christian, senior, libero: Team captain and All-Tournament at the Sandwich Invite and Huntley Invite, Schuberth was the rock and only senior on a Mustangs’ team that went 28-6. Schuberth had a 2.63 passer rating in serve receive and had 245 digs, 101 aces, 259 service points and 74 assists. “She set the tone for the team in every game with great energy and exceptional leadership,” Yorkville Christian coach Bob Coselman said.
Lauren Ulrich, Newark, sophomore, setter: Unanimous all-conference pick is “the best setter to come through our program since I started coaching,” Newark coach Tonya Grayson said. Ulrich had 757 assists, 168 digs, 29 blocks, 29 kills and served at a 91% rate with 38 aces.
Megan Williams, Newark, senior, outside hitter: Unanimous all-conference pick and four-year varsity starter had 367 kills, 38 blocks, served at an 87% rate with 33 aces and had 138 digs. Will play collegiately at D2 Colorado Christian.
I am the Sports Editor for Kendall County Newspapers, the Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Media, covering primarily sports in Kendall, Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties. I've been covering high school sports for 24 years. I also assist with our news coverage.