Check out our five players to watch the 2019 volleyball season set to begin Monday.
Brooke Amann, Woodstock North, sr., OH – Amann, a Northwest Herald All-Area first-team pick for the second year in a row, committed to South Dakota State in June and will play there next year. The 6-foot outside hitter shattered her own program record with an area-best 483 kills and 83 aces. The Thunder set a program record for wins, going 22-17 and winning the first regional championship in school history.
Camryn Hausler, Crystal Lake Central, sr., S – Hausler, an All-Area second-team selection, moved to setter for the first time in her volleyball career and shined for the Tigers, recording 198 kills, 337 assists, 25 aces, 90 blocks and 178 digs. She helped lead Central to a 31-6 record and its fourth straight regional title. Hausler committed to Wright State in April.
Taylor Jakubowski, Huntley, sr., S – Jakubowski, an All-Area first-team selection the past three years, led all area players with 895 assists as the Red Raiders finished with an area-best 35-4 record and won their third regional title in a row. The dynamic playmaker enters her last season with 2,763 career assists, which puts her ninth on the state's all-time list, according to IHSA.org. Jakubowski will play at Seton Hall next year.
Emma Konie, Huntley, jr., RS – Konie, who is getting Division I looks, was a standout offensively and defensively, recording 237 kills, 46 aces and 398 digs for the Raiders, who took second in the Fox Valley Conference at 14-2. Konie was an All-Area second-team selection.
Maggie Wallenberger, Jacobs, jr., OH – Wallenberger had a strong sophomore campaign for the improved Golden Eagles, leading the team in kills for the second straight season with 277. She had 24 aces and 23 solo blocks for Jacobs, which finished fifth in the FVC. Wallenberger was an All-Area second-team selection.