VOLLEYBALL: Area schools take seven of nine first-team All-RVC slots

Beecher’s Kaylie Sippel, right, looks to catch Grant Park’s Lauren McNally off guard with a quick hit over the net during a match in Grant Park this season. Sippel was joined by teammate Margaret Landis as first-team River Valley All-Conference choices, while the Dragons led the way with three first-teamers.

Daily Journal Staff Report

The River Valley Conference volleyball battle was one of the most interesting fall sports conference races, with the only non-local school in the conference, Illinois Lutheran, earning the crown.

But it was Grant Park who saw the most first-team All-RVC selections, as seniors Hadleigh Loitz, Rylee Panozzo and Grace Gorman made up a third of the first team.

Gardner-South Wilmington and Beecher each had a pair of first-team representatives — Kaitlynn Kavanaugh and Carson Halpin for the Panthers and Kaylie Sippel and Margaret Landis for the Bobcats.

St. Anne had a pair of second-team standouts in Grace Langellier and Emily Greene. Beecher’s Rhiannon Saller, Gardner-South Wilmington’s Madelynn Storm and Tri-Point’s Sierra Hummel were also second-team selections.

The Bobcats and Panthers were both again present in the special mention section, with Julianna Picicco representing Beecher and Paige Patterson representing the Panthers. Grant Park’s Brooke Veldhuizen, Donovan’s Kayde Faupel, St. Anne’s Kendall Yuknis and Tri-Point’s Elise Bruner were also special mentions.

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