Congratulations to Sheila Doyle (First Team), Natalie Canulli, Brittany Kmieciak, and Caroline Wolf on making PrepVolleybal.com defensive dandies!
To make the team PrepVolleyball says you "Had to be generally considered among the best 10 defensive players in her state regardless of class year or school classification"
This is what PrepVolleyball had to say about each player:
Sheila Doyle, Sr., Benet Academy (Lisle, Illinois) – Doyle was an All-State First Team selection and was named the Daily Herald’s Player of the Year after amassing 375 digs last fall for the 40-2 Redwings. She also earned national honors from PrepVolleyball.com and Volleyball Magazine. Doyle, who plays club for 1st Alliance 18 Silver, will play this coming season at North Carolina. “Sheila is an extremely aggressive defender whose quickness and ability to read hitters is at an elite level,” Benet coach Brad Baker said. “She is extremely vocal on the court and plays with a high level of confidence. She was our leader of our defense and one of the leaders of our team.” Doyle helped Benet win a pair of Class 4A state titles. “Sheila will have the chance to be a difference maker from Day 1 of her career at North Carolina,” Baker added.
Natalie Canulli, Soph., Benet Academy (Lisle, Illinois) – The 5-8 Canulli, who recently verbally committed to Penn State, was a member of the Benet Academy state-championship team this past season and plays for the Sports Performance 16 Elite club team. “Natalie is one of the most physically balanced athletes in our program, touching 9’8”,” Sports Performance’s Erik Vogt said. “She easily could play outside on our 16-1 team.” As of press time, she was averaging 3.82 digs per set and passes at a 54% perfect clip for her club team.
Brittany Kmieciak, Sr., Benet Academy (Lisle, Illinois) – Benet coach Brad Baker noted the 5-6 Kmieciak is “one of the best defenders in our state that no one knew about.” She was part of the 2012 Class 4A state title team. “She played three rotations for us but would have played libero on 99% of all teams in our state,” Baker added. “Brittany’s positive attitude was contagious for our team and her commitment to winning and working hard was as strong as any player I have coached.”
Caroline Wolf, Jr., Benet Academy (Lisle, Illinois) – Wolf, who plays club for Sports Performance and is committed to Wake Forest, is an extremely high-energy player, says Benet coach Brad Baker. “She plays defense with no regard to her body. She is all over the floor. Her quickness and speed allows her to cover a large part of the court. “Caroline has gotten to be an elite defender by spending countless hours in the gym. She has high goals for herself and has worked as hard as any player in our gym to make her goals a possibility.”
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