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Lake Zurich's Orchard commits to Pittsburgh

Amanda Orchard (pictured at right), a 6-foot-1 junior who has started at Lake Zurich since her freshman year and has helped the Bears to 92 wins, a supersectional berth and a sectional title game appearance during her three seasons, has verbally committed to play at the University of Pittsburgh.

“She is as hardworking of a player as I have ever been around,” said Lake Zurich coach Matt Aiello. “She is very coachable and a great teammate. Pitt seems like a great fit for Amanda.”

Orchard is currently playing club volleyball for Sky High 17 Black coached by Scott Harris.

*** has announced it 2010 High School All-Americans including the following players from Illinois:

Jocelynn Birks, 6-2 Sr. OH, Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois)

Samantha Epenesa, 6-0 Jr. OH, Edwardsville (Illinois)

Madison Kamp, 6-1 Sr. S, Chicago Christian (Palos Heights, Illinois)

Kelly Lamberti,* 6-0 Sr. OH, Cary-Grove (Cary, Illinois)

Caroline Niedospial, 5-7 Sr. Libero, Marist (Chicago, Illinois)

Brooke Schulte, 5-10 Jr. OH, Mater Dei (Breese, Illinois)

Colleen Smith, 6-0 Sr. S, Cary-Grove (Cary, Illinois)

Highest Honorable Mention

Ellen Chapman, 6-4 Sr. OH, Glenbrook South (Glenview, Illinois)

Meg Vonderhaar, 6-1 OH, St. Francis (Wheaton, Illinois)

Lainey Wyman, 6-2 Sr. MB, St. Francis (Wheaton, Illinois)

High Honorable Mention

Alexis Viliunas, 6-1 Jr. S, Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois)

Special Mention

Sam Fournier, 6-1 Sr. OH, Moline (Illinois)

Courtney Thomas, 6-1 Sr. S, DeKalb (Illinois)

Emily Young, 6-2 Sr. S/OH, Schaumburg (Illinois)