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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • All-Area Volleyball Team Capsules

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  • JESS LEARNED
    WASHINGTON
    5-11 / JUNIOR / MIDDLE HITTER
    EMERGED ON THE as one of the area’s most athletic and versatile players in her first and final full season as a varsity starter. Her 275 kills, 118 digs, 69 blocks and 18 aces led the Panthers (24-11, 11-3) to a Class 3A regional title berth and third-place in the Mid-Illini Conference.
    PARENTS: Dan and Carol Learned
    SIBLINGS: Josh Frederick (brother-in-law, 28), Amy Freder (21), Wesley (19), Ben (13)
    DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF PLAY IN THREE WORDS OR LESS: Fast and intense
    MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR SEASON: “Beating Metamora at Metamora in 3 (sets).”
    ONE PLAYER FROM ANOTHER TEAM I’D LIKE AS A TEAMMATE AND WHY: “Bailee Dunne from Limestone. She seems like a great teammate and a fierce competitor.”
    ONE TV SHOW I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER: “Psych”
    FAVORITE DESSERT: “My little brother’s homemade blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream.”
    FOUR PEOPLE-LIVING OR DEAD- YOU’D WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Phil, Si, Willie, and Jase Robertson from Duck Dynasty.
    CELEBRITY CRUSH: Si Robetson
    IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY: “The power to communicate with animals. I always wonder what my chocolate lab is thinking.”
    ONE THING MY COACH, CHUCK HEINZ, SAYS OVER AND OVER: “Stay low.”
    WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS? “Teaching Spanish, coaching basketball, and living in or near Washington.”
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT YEAR? “Not playing volleyball, focusing on basketball, hopefully earning a scholarship to play ball in college.”
    MATTI BIELFELDT
    NOTRE DAME
    6-1 / SENIOR / MIDDLE HITTER
    WITH HER SIZE and athletic ability, Bielfeldt was one of the most commanding presences at the net in the area. Always seeming to get a hand on the ball, she finished with 179 kills, 87 digs, 79 blocks and 30 aces for the Irish, who won a share of the Mid-State 6 Conference crown.
    PARENTS: David and Julie Bielfeldt
    SIBLINGS: Elle (21), Max (20), Lydia (14)
    DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF PLAY IN THREE WORDS OR LESS: “Positive, focused, aggressive”
    MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR SEASON: “When my coach (Jacqueline Kelly) cried because she was so proud of us.”
    ONE PLAYER FROM ANOTHER TEAM I’D LIKE AS A TEAMMATE AND WHY: “Abby Barrow from Metamora. We have played together on travel and she is an amazing player and a great teammate.”
    Page 2 of 5 - ONE TV SHOW I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER: “How I Met Your Mother”
    FAVORITE DESSERT: “My mom’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake with buttercream icing.”
    FOUR PEOPLE – LIVING OR DEAD – YOU’D WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH: “Jesus, Jennifer Lawrence, Kerri Walsh and my great-grandma Wilkey”
    CELEBRITY CRUSH: “Josh Hutcherson, even though he is about a half of a foot shorter than me!”
    IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY: “I would want to be able to fly, because I love to travel!”
    ONE THING MY COACH, JACQUELINE KELLY, SAYS OVER AND OVER: “You guys can do this, I believe in each and every one of you.”
    WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS? “I don’t know where I will be, but I see myself surrounded by family and friends.”
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT YEAR? “Deciding between Bradley and Drake to play volleyball. I am undecided for my major.”
    JESSEY LEE
    DEE-MACK
    5-2 / SENIOR / LIBERO
    A SUPERB PASSING ability made the lives of not only her setters, but also her hitters’ lives very much easier. Her on-the-court leadership was very pivotal in helping Dee-Mack run through the Heart of Illinois Conference unbeaten and take home a Class 2A third-place trophy with 393 digs and 29 aces.
    PARENTS: Shelley and Jeff Lee
    SIBLINGS: Abbey (20)
    DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF PLAY IN THREE WORDS OR LESS: “Aggressive, enthusiastic, encourager”
    MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR SEASON: “The most memorable moment from the season would probably be making a comeback in supersectionals against Decatur St. Teresa and going to state.”
    ONE PLAYER FROM ANOTHER TEAM I’D LIKE AS A TEAMMATE AND WHY: “Brandi Donnelly from Williamsville. She is a fantastic player and one of my closest friends. She is a fierce competitor.”
    ONE TV SHOW I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER: “The Office”
    FAVORITE DESSERT: Cheesecake
    FOUR PEOPLE – LIVING OR DEAD – YOU’D WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Adam Wainwright from the St. Louis Cardinals, my great-grandpa Lee, whom I never got to meet. From what I have heard about him, he was a funny guy.”
    CELEBRITY CRUSH: Leonardo DiCaprio
    IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY: “The ability to stretch, then I could be taller and have a chance at hitting.”
    Page 3 of 5 - ONE THING MY COACH, BRANDON MUELLER, SAYS OVER AND OVER: “Jess, you’re doing fine. Don’t freak out!”
    WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS? “Having my job as a nurse practitioner and hopefully starting a family.”
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT YEAR? “Next year I will be attending the University of Southern Indiana on a volleyball scholarship and will be studying nursing.”
    KYLEIGH BLOCK
    DEE-MACK
    5-9 / SENIOR / OUTSIDE HITTER
    INCREDIBLE SERVER AND dynamic hitter with a polished all-around game, while proving to be the perfect complement to POY Lauren Anderson. Finished with 288 kills, 333 digs, 142 aces (eighth most all-time in season) and 18 blocks for the 2A third-place Chiefs.
    Parents: Tim and Meryl Block
    Siblings: Anthony (27), Jadyn (12)
    Describe Your Style of Play In Three Words or Less: “Smart, aggressive, leader/team-player”
    Most Memorable Moment From Your Season: “If I were to look back on this season many years down the road I think praying before games will be one of the most memorable moments our team shared together.”
    One Player from Another Team I’d like as a Teammate and Why: “Tyler Brown from Normal West because she’s my best friend and is a great leader on and off the court. She never gets down and is aggressive and smart on the court.”
    One tv show I Could Watch Over and Over: “Full House”
    FAVORITE DESSERT: Ice cream with brownies
    FOUR PEOPLE – LIVING OR DEAD – YOU’D WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH: “Jesus, Princess Kate, Misty May-Treanor, Bethany Hamilton”
    if you could have one super power, what would it be and why: “I would want the power to heal people. I could heal injuries for athletes, repair broken hearts, help the sick and anything else imaginable. It would be neat to turn others to God in the process by healing their hearts, minds and soul.”
    ONE THING MY COACH, BRANDON MUELLER, SAYS OVER AND OVER: “Really, guys?” or “No go.”
    WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF in 10 years? “I will probably be married in 10 years, involved in a strong church family. I hope to have a job I enjoy such as a physical or occupational therapist. I can see myself teaching Sunday school and coaching a volleyball team!”
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT YEAR? “I am attending Illinois Wesleyan University and playing volleyball there. I am going to major in their pre-physical therapy program.”
    Page 4 of 5 - LAUREN ANDERSON
    DEE-MACK
    5-10 / JUNIOR / OUTSIDE HITTER
    BECOMES JUST THE third player to repeat volleyball POY honors after showing continued dominance and improvement in her all-around game. Behind her 350 kills, 279 digs, 75 aces and 27.5 blocks, the Chiefs (37-2) took home the Class 2A third-place trophy, an unbeaten Heart of Illinois Conference season (12-0) and the HOI/McLean County Tournament crown.
    PARENTS: Jim and Barb Anderson
    SIBLINGS: Grant (18)
    DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF PLAY IN THREE WORDS OR LESS: “Intense, Passionate, Relentless”
    MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR SEASON: “Our come-from-behind win in supersectionals over Decatur St. Teresa.”
    ONE PLAYER FROM ANOTHER TEAM I’D LIKE AS A TEAMMATE AND WHY: “Rebekah Ehresman from El Paso-Gridley because she is a great athlete and teammate.”
    ONE TV SHOW I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER: “NCIS”
    FAVORITE DESSERT: Busy Corner pie
    FOUR PEOPLE – LIVING OR DEAD – YOU’D WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Will Ferrell, Michael Jordan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert
    CELEBRITY CRUSH: Matthew McConaughey
    IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY: “The power to read minds because you would always know somebody’s honest opinion.”
    ONE THING MY COACH, BRANDON MUELLER, SAYS OVER AND OVER: “Better the ball” (make each contact better than the previous one)
    WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS? “Living in Nashville with a profession in the medical field.”
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT YEAR? “Playing volleyball club at Illini Elite and am verbally committed to play volleyball at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.”
    ABBY BARROW
    METAMORA
    5-11 / SENIOR / OUTSIDE HITTER
    SHOWED ONCE AGAIN how a premier hitter plays, while adding a much improved back row facet to her game. Posted 391 kills, 181 digs, 42 blocks and 28 aces for the Redbirds, who won a Class 3A regional title and 30 matches. Finished her career with 831 kills, third behind former POYs Angelo Rego (1,520) and Tara (Toepke) Ballard (1,022).
    PARENTS: Brad and Sara Barrow
    SIBLINGS: Joe (18), Kyle (16), Anna (13)
    DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF PLAY IN THREE WORDS OR LESS: “Kill it”
    MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR SEASON: “Beating Washington in the regional championship, giving coach (Karla) Bartman a win on her last home game.”
    ONE PLAYER FROM ANOTHER TEAM I’D LIKE AS A TEAMMATE AND WHY: “Jess Learned from Washington. She is an outstanding athlete and you can tell that she is just a great person.”
    Page 5 of 5 - ONE TV SHOW I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER: “One Tree Hill”
    FAVORITE DESSERT: “My grandma’s sugar cookies”
    FOUR PEOPLE – LIVING OR DEAD – YOU’D WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH: “Jesus, Misty May-Treanor, Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lawrence”
    CELEBRITY CRUSH: Ryan Gosling
    IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY: “Ability to fly, because it would be awesome! I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to fly?”
    ONE THING MY COACH, KARLA BARTMAN, SAYS OVER AND OVER: “You’ve got one shot at this.” or “Be determined.”
    WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS? “Married. Working in a job that helps people. Hopefully working with children, PROBABLY living in a small town.”
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT YEAR? “Attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to play volleyball. My major is undecided.”
    KATIE OLSON
    LaSALLE-PERU
    5-6 / SENIOR / SETTER
    A TRUE FLOOR general with sure-hands and an even better attitude. Led an offense that featured five hitters with 160 or more kills. Posted a career-high 37 assists on her to way 841 assists, 145 digs, 67 kills, 43 aces and 11.5 blocks for the Cavaliers, who finished second in Class 3A.
    PARENTS: Scott and Lynette Olson
    SIBLINGS: Jarret (15), Kamryn (12)
    MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR SEASON: “Going to state”
    ONE PLAYER FROM ANOTHER TEAM I’D LIKE AS A TEAMMATE AND WHY: “Ali Frantti from Richmond-Burton because she is an amazing player.”
    ONE TV SHOW I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER: “CSI”
    FAVORITE DESSERT: Brownies
    FOUR PEOPLE – LIVING OR DEAD – YOU’D WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Michael Jordan, my Grandpa Olson, whom I’ve never met, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake
    IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY: “Power to read people’s minds, so I would know what they’re thinking.”
    ONE THING MY COACH, MARK HABERKORN, SAYS OVER AND OVER: “Push up, get up!”
    WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS? “Working at St. Jude as a nurse.”
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT YEAR? “Attending college at Grand Valley State majoring in Nursing and playing volleyball.”

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