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22nd Century Media chose the best girls volleyball players based on coach and writer

recommendations, as well as player statistics, in its seven-town southwest suburban coverage area

to place them on one super team — Team 22. The team features student-athletes from Lincoln-

Way Central, LW East, LW West, Providence Catholic, Andrew, Lockport Township, Tinley Park and

Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff

First team

OH: Izabela Gorys, senior,


317 kills, 245 digs. All-GCAC

Red, All-Tournament at

Rich East and Oak Lawn.

Six-rotation player was the

Celtics’ go-to player at the

net, helping them reach a

sectional final for the first

time since 2005. Headed

to Eckerd College for beach


OH: Brianna Haggerty,

senior, Andrew

279 kills, 161 digs, 35 aces.

All-SWSC Red. Dynamic

offensive weapon led the

Thunderbolts to their first

sectional championship

game appearance since

2003. Committed to North

Carolina-Wilmington for

indoor and beach volleyball.

OH: Jess Pappas, senior,

Lincoln-Way East

275 kills, 200 digs, 18

aces. All-SWSC Blue.

Already a top offensive

player, Pappas became

much more well-rounded

this season, playing all six

rotations consistently for

the first time and making

major contributions on

defense. Signed with


OH: Shelby Stefanon, senior,


278 kills, 240 digs, 30 aces,

19 blocks. All-SWSC Blue.

One of the most well-rounded

players in the area, Stefanon

was as effective in the back

row as she was in the front.

She helped Sandburg win 34

games and its first sectional

title since 2004.

M: Leena Ajibola, senior,


152 kills, 55.5 blocks, 46

digs. All-Tournament at

Plainfield North. No other

area player made as much of

an impact in the middle as

Ajibola. Lockport coach Nick

Mraz said her 55.5 blocks

“do not do justice to how

many good touches she had

and how often she disrupted

what the other side wanted

to do offensively.”

S: Ava Porada, junior,

Lincoln-Way East

612 assists, 179 digs, 26

kills, 19 aces. The only

junior to crack this tough

first-team list, Porada

was the top table-setter

in the area. In addition to

her assist totals, she was

strong defensively and a

tough server.

L: Rachel Krasowski, senior,


705 digs, 111 assists, 45

aces. All-SWSC Blue. Good

luck getting a ball down with

Krasowski in the back row.

The DePaul recruit, who led

the Eagles to the Elite Eight,

shattered her own singleseason

school digs record

of 541 from her junior

season. Her 2,136 career

digs are also a school


Honorable mention

OH: Katie Barry, senior, LW Central; Katie

Little, senior, LW West; Gillian Peterson, junior,

Providence; Sidona Rao, sophomore, Sandburg;

Juliana Warfield, sophomore, Providence

RS: Emma Kein, senior, LW East.

S: Haley Farrell, senior, Sandburg; Dovile

Gorys, sophomore, Lockport; Abby Lab, junior,


L: Kylie Adams, senior, Andrew; Amelia

Bresnahan, senior, Tinley Park; Brooklyn

Condon, sophomore, LW Central; Vittoria Conte,

junior, Providence; Kirsten Leitshuh, senior, LW


second team

OH: Emily Kleffman, senior,

Tinley Park

413 kills, 114 digs, 45 aces,

24 blocks. All-SSC Blue.

School record holder for

season and career kills.

OH: Taylor Morgan, senior,


251 kills, 189 digs, 44 aces,

22.5 blocks. All-SWSC Blue.

Committed to Southern


RS: Keegan Carey, junior,


269 kills, 65 digs, 28 blocks.

RS: Nadia Goich, junior,


186 kills, 95 digs, 41 aces,

22.5 blocks. All-SWSC

Blue. Committed to New


M: Ellie Watson, junior,


128 kills, 74 blocks.

S: Nicole Ramirez, senior,

Lincoln-Way Central

567 assists, 192 digs, 48

aces. All-SWSC Red.

L: Kaleigh Ritter, junior,

Lincoln-Way East

471 digs, 36 aces, 30


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