40th News-Gazette All-Area volleyball: Meet the first team

40th News-Gazette All-Area volleyball: Meet the first team

Hayes Murray

St. Thomas More, Sr., S

Why she made the team: Murray played a crucial role in the Sabers' run to a state title, putting up 6.15 assists per set and allowing the Sabers to slide Player of the Year Mica Allison over to hitter for half of each game.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Justin Bieber. ... I have to see "Wonder." ... Before I compete, I eat Jimmy John's. ... In my dream career, I would be a social worker. ... My favorite subject to study in school is psychology. ... My favorite athlete is Matt Holliday. ... My favorite TV show is "Law and Order: SVU." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Dylan O'Brien, Beyonce and my grandma and Grandpa Bickers.

On my bucket list: Do missionary work, go bungee jumping and travel the world.

Emily Duis

Milford, Sr., MB

Why she made the team: The future Elmhurst College hitter was one of the area's most potent offensive options. She led the area by over a kill per set with 6.28 kills.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Imagine Dragons. ... I have to see "Thor: Ragnorak." ... Before I compete, I eat pasta and fruit. ... In my dream career, I would be a speech pathologist. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athletes are Kerri Walsh Jennings and Micah Christenson. ... My favorite TV show is "Sherlock." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jennifer Lawrence, Gabby Wessels and Kevin Hart.

On my bucket list: Tour Europe, study abroad in Paris, and remain best friends with Gabby Wessels forever.

Gabby Wessels

Cissna Park, Sr., OH

Why she made the team: The Timberwolves' remaining starter from the 2015 state runner-up team averaged 4.47 and 3.07 digs per set.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Russ. ... I have to see "Justice League." ... Before I compete, I eat a peanut butter sandwich. ... In my dream career, I would be a sports physical therapist. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athletes are Matt Anderson and Kerri Walsh Jennings. ... My favorite TV show is "Survivor." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Emily Duis, Matt Anderson and Russ.

On my bucket list: Go to Paris, remain best friends with Emily Duis until the end of time and play in a two-person beach volleyball tournament.

Kennedy Bauer

Watseka, Jr., OH

Why she made the team: Bauer helped lead the Warriors to another quality year, averaging 4.82 kills and 3.27 digs per set.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Taylor Swift. ... I have to see "Daddy's Home 2." ... Before I compete, I eat McDonald's. ... In my dream career, I would be an elementary school teacher. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English or Math. ... My favorite athletes are Jimmy Butler, Troy Polamalu and Kris Bryant. ... My favorite TV show is "Pretty Little Liars." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Will Ferrell, Michael Jordan and Taylor Swift.

On my bucket list: See the Christmas lights in Chicago, take a trip with friends to Florida and go on a cruise.

Rylee Hinton

Champaign Central, Jr., MB

Why she made the team: The Illinois commit was dominant up front with 2.80 kills and 1.10 blocks per set.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Drake. ... I have to see "Black Panther." ... Before I compete, I eat nothing. ... In my dream career, I would be a social justice professor. ... My favorite subject to study in school is Spanish. ... My favorite athletes are Kobe Bryant and Simone Biles. ... My favorite TV show is "Shameless." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Will Smith, Michael Phelps and Kanye West.

On my bucket list: Win a volleyball national championship at U of I, travel as much of the world as possible and become bilingual.

Savannah Matthews

Mahomet-Seymour, Jr., OH

Why she made the team: The future Kent State hitter put up 4.90 kills and 4.38 digs per set this season.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Beyonce. ... I have to see "Get Out." ... Before I compete, I eat Cliff Bars, bananas and Gatorade protein shakes. ... In my dream career, I would be a social worker/therapist. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athletes are Danielle Cuttino and Stephen Curry. ... My favorite TV show is "Teen Wolf," and "Fresh Prince." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah and Bruno Mars.

On my bucket list: Meet Beyonce, play on the women's national team in the Olympics and travel to Paris.

Brenna Durst

Oakwood, Sr., OH

Why she made the team: Durst led a young, talented team to the Class 2A Westville Regional title, posting 3.89 kills per set throughout the year.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Lil' Wayne. ... Before I compete, I eat Casey's pizza. ... In my dream career, I would be an entrepreneur. ... My favorite subject to study in school is any math-related subject. ... My favorite athlete is Jon Davis. ... My favorite TV show is "Scandal." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Dwayne Johnson, Dwayne Johnson and Dwayne Johnson.

On my bucket list: Travel the world, skydive and adopt a kid.

Allie Trame

St. Thomas More, So., MB

Why she made the team: Trame will head to Alabama in three years, where she'll be Auburn-bound Mica Allison's rival, but this year she complemented Allison by putting up a strong block, averaging 1.05 per set.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Blake Shelton. ... I have to see "Wonder." ... Before I compete, I eat Mrs. Grambart's power balls. ... In my dream career, I would be a physical therapist. ... My favorite subject to study in school is Spanish. ... My favorite athlete is Kris Bryant. ... My favorite TV show is "Riverdale." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick my grandpa, Harry Styles and Kris Bryant.

On my bucket list: Study abroad in Spain, play in the Olympics and go skiing.

Abigail Burnett

St. Joseph-Ogden, Sr., OH

Why she made the team: Burnett was one of the few returning contributors from last year's state runner-up, and she didn't disappoint, averaging 3.28 per set to lead the Spartans to a 23-7 record.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Blake Shelton and Brett Eldridge. ... I have to see "Wonder." ... Before I compete, I eat a banana. ... In my dream career, I would be an OBGYN sonographer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is biology. ... My favorite athlete is Yadier Molina. ... My favorite TV show is "Parenthood." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton and Lauren Akins.

On my bucket list: Skydiving, go to Bora Bora and go do missionary work in the Dominican Republic.

Mica Allison

St. Thomas More, Sr., S/OH

Why she made the team: After returning from the U18 World Championships, the All-Area Player of the Year posted 3.6 kills per game and 4.38 assists per set to lead the Sabers to a Class 2A state title.

A few of her favorites: Need concert tickets to see Marc E Bassy. ... I have to see "Forever My Girl." ... Before I compete, I eat a Gatorade Bar. ... In my dream career, I would be a professional volleyball player. ... My favorite subject to study in school is Math. ... My favorite athletes are Paige Tapp and J.J. Watt. ... My favorite TV show is "Stranger Things." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Cale Allison, Jesus and Paige Tapp.

On my bucket list: Go skydiving in Hawaii, make a summer video of trips and adventures, and visit Bali with Tatum Snipes, Bella Rosenthall and Taylor Rowland.