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Area roundup: Three Flyers earn All-American honors

ROMEOVILLE – The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced that Lewis University women’s volleyball players Abby Becker, Aly Schneider and Elizabeth Hyland have been named to the AVCA Division II All-America Team.

Becker and Schneider were first team All-American selections, and Hyland was a second team All-American pick. The last AVCA first team All-American from Lewis was Cathy Spender in 1982.

Becker finished the year with 1,224 assists, 253 digs, 84 kills and a .330 hitting percentage. She was a first team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference pick and D-II Conference Commissioner’s Association All-Region selection.

Schneider, who was a second team All-American last year and third team All-American in 2015, became the first Flyer to be a three-time AVCA All-American. She finished the year with a .354 hitting percentage, while tallying 382 kills, 23 blocks and 113 block assists. She also was a second team D-II Conference Commissioners Association All-American, a first team All-GLVC selection and twice earned Baden/GLVC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Hyland totaled 418 kills, 387 digs, 11 blocks, 55 block assists and 27 aces. She was a D2CCA All-Region choice, an All-GLVC selection and was Baden/GLVC Offensive Player of the Week recipient three times this year.

The trio helped the Flyers finish the year with a 33-3 record and with a .917 winning percentage, the best mark in program history.

In addition, the D2CCA announced that Schneider earned second team All-America honors in a vote conducted by the nation’s sports information directors. She was named the Midwest Region’s Player of the Year by both the D2CCA and the AVCA.


Joliet 93, Moraine Valley 87: The Wolves (9-1), who are ranked second in the first NJCAA D-III poll, were led by Deesha Brefford (26 points), Talia Edwards (19 points, 15 rebounds), Kianna Campbell (13 points, 15 rebounds) and Destiny Villalejo (10 points, seven rebounds).


Joliet 79, Moraine Valley 69: Joliet Junior College (8-3) was paced by Mitch Kwasigroch (18 points, 13 rebounds), Quincey Butler (15 points), Jarret Gmazel (14 points) and Tyler Davis (14 points).


Peotone 68, Reed-Custer 58: Russell Page (17 points) and Gavin Grace (seven points) led the Comets.


Plainfield Central 51, Romeoville 43: Annaliese Griffin scored 12 points, Kachae Donald 10 and Katie Kearney eight for Central (6-3, 2-1), which led the Southwest Prairie game, 28-15, at halftime. Melissa Schmidt chipped in seven rebounds, Griffin six and Jasmine Bonsu five.


Morris wins twice: The Redskins beat Limestone, 42-25, and Streator, 46-36. Claiming two wins were Bryce Claypool (120), Jacob Eisenbeis (145), Robert Bates (182), Cody Baldridge (195) and Zach Bankowski (220).


Lockport 1,863, Sandburg 1,723: Bailey Delrose posted a 474 to lead all competitors.


Lockport 2,069, Lincoln-Way Central 2,050: Ray Bufka (461) and Caleb Derrig (457) led the way for the Porters.

Plainfield South beats Joliet Central: At Crest Hill Lanes, Plainfield South topped 1,000 in each of the three games, while Joliet Central was in the 900s each game.

For the Steelmen, Zac Mihelich shot 645 with a 258 game, and Cameron Johnson shot 578 with a 214 game.

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