By Phil Brozynski
Chicago Sun-Times 2008 all-area selection Jessica Jendryk of Benet will have to put her college career on hold for a year after tearing a knee ligament at the Junior Volleyball Directors Association national championships in Louisville, Kentucky last month.
Jendryk suffered the injury in the first game of Sports Performance 18 Elite’s three-set loss to Munciana 18 Samurai in the 18 Open division championship. By redshirting in 2009, Jendryk will be eligible to play as a fifth-year senior in 2013.
Despite the injury, Jendryk did earn all-tournament honors at the JVDA tournament. Erin Johnson, a middle blocker from Crystal Lake South who played for Club Fusion 18 Black and will join Jendryk at Illinois, was also selected to the all-tournament team.
Former Wheaton Warrenville South setter Jackie Wolfe, another Illinois recruit, was named the MVP of the JVDA 18 Club all-tournament team after leading the Sports Performance 18 Red team to the title in that division.
Other all-tournament selections included Sports Performance 18 Elite setter and former Glenbard East standout Amanda Peterson (Ohio State) and former Naperville Central and SPVB 18 Elite star Emily McGee.
Among the players making a splash at the JVDA tournament who will be returning for their senior years were Abbey Heredia (Cary-Grove), Lauren Zerante (York), Annemarie Hickey and Claire Randich (Joliet Catholic), Jillian Paluch (Nazareth), Kara Wehrs (Hampshire) and Kylee Baker (Plainfield North), who were named to the 17’s Open division all-tournament team.
Mary Katie Imrie (Sandburg) was named MVP of the 17 Club division tournament at the JVDA tournament. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Mother McAuley’s Jessica Falk.
Among the 16’s Open division all-tournament selections were DeKalb’s Courtney Thomas, Ali Gossen of Evanston, and Colleen Smith and Kelly Lamberti of Cary-Grove.
St. Charles East’s Meghan Niski was MVP of the 15’s Open division tournament. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Lyon’s Alexis Viliunas, York’s Morgan Semmelhack, Abby Gilleland of Marian Central and West Chicago’s Julia Conard.