Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Four Volleyball Players Find New Homes

Four Volleyball Players Find New Homes
Sommers, House, Gilmore, and Leja will all be playing at four-year schools in the fall.
PALATINE, Ill. – The Harper College women’s volleyball team has reeled off 70 wins over the last two years, and now four players will have the opportunity to continue their playing careers at four-year schools. Kelly Sommers(Arlington Heights, Ill., Buffalo Grove)Sarah House (Crystal Lake, Ill., Crystal Lake South)Sierra Gilmore(Fayetteville, NC, Cape Fear), and Andraia Leja (Crystal Lake, Ill., Prairie Ridge), who play four different positions, have all signed to play for four different colleges next year.

Sommers will be setting for Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. In the 2012 season, Sommers earned First Team All-Conference All-Region, and All-Region Tournament Team honors.  Sommers also earned NJCAA Div. III Player of the Week honors for games through Sept. 2 of last season after she helped the Hawks get off to an 8-1 start.

House will be an outside hitter for Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill.  In the 2011 season, House earned Second Team All-Conference and Region IV All-Tournament Team as a freshman and ranked second on the team in kills with 343. As a sophomore,  she ranked third on the team with 266 kills and second with 445 digs.

Gilmore will be a middle blocker for Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. She last played for the Hawks in 2011.

Leja will be playing libero at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. After playing the 2011 season for Harper, Leja played one year for the University of West Florida. In her time at Harper, Leja received numerous awards. She was named First Team All-Conference and was also selected to the NJCAA All-Region team. Leja was also named NJCAA Player of the Week and was named Harper’s 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year.

“I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment for my former players. We are not only winning, but we are obviously continuing to develop players,” said volleyball head coach Bob Vilsoet. “A lot of four-year schools ask me for successful transfer players to play for them after Harper College. 

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