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Shelby Nunamaker
Class:  Freshman
Height: 6’1
Approach Touch: TBD
Position:  Middle Hitter
High School: Effingham High School
Hometown:  Effingham, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2016): Currently in her first season with the Cobras.

Prior to Parkland: 3-year varsity starter, helping lead team to three consecutive winning seasons, including a regional championship senior year… All-Conference selection junior and senior years … “Most blocks award” junior and senior years … Senior season captain and MVP … Decature Herald & Review 2nd Team junior year and 1st Team senior year … played two club seasons with TopSpin Volleyball Club and one with Club 217

Personal:  Born May 22, 1998 … daughter of June Nunamaker … has four brothers and sisters and seven nieces and nephews … majoring in biology
 

Fia Willis
Class:  Freshman
Height: 5’11
Approach Touch: 10’1
Position:  Outside Hitter
High School: Samuel Clemens
Hometown:  Schertz, TX
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2016): Currently in her first season with the Cobras.

Prior to Parkland: 2-year varsity starter … Named to the 2015 Idaho State Journal Volleyball All-Area 1st Team --- played one club season for Desert Diamonds in Texas, helping lead her 17-1’s team to the USAV National Tournament

Personal: Born March 19, 1998 … daughter of Vaiaga and William Willis …  has one sister, Sofi, who also plays for the Cobras, and one brother, Lawrence … currently undecided on a major
 

Taylor Bauer
Class:  Sophomore
Height: 5’11
Approach Touch: 9’8
Position:  Outside Hitter
High School:  Watseka High School  
Hometown:  Watseka, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2015):  Played in 34 matches and 62 sets, averaging 2.42 kills per set (.265 hitting percentage), 2.92 digs per set, and 0.55 blocks per set … was 6th on the team in total kills (150) and 5th on the team in digs (181) and aces (39) … had match highs of 15 kills vs. Jackson and 14 digs and 7 aces vs. Millikin,

Prior to Parkland:  4-year varsity team starter … helped lead her high school to four consecutive 30+ win seasons including a 36-4 record and 3rd place IHSA Class 2A finish her senior year… had 15 kills, hit .522, had 6 digs and 3 blocks in state 3rd place match … notched school records in single season kills (427) and total career kills (1,127) … named WCIA Channel 3 Player-of-the-Year … News-Gazette All-Area First Team … State of Illinois Second Team … named to News-Gazette First Team for basketball averaging 14.1 ppg … broke school record for career strikeouts (437) early in senior season … played club volleyball for Prime Time Volleyball Club where she advanced to the USAV Jr. National Championships three years in a row.

Personal:  Born May 25, 1997 … daughter of Barry and Jody Bauer … two sisters (Madison and Kennedy) … majoring in Elementary Education with plans to pursue a career in teaching.

 
Jordan Deer
Class:  Sophomore
Height:  5’6
Approach Touch: n/a
Position:  Defensive Specialist
High School: Fisher High School    
Hometown:  Fisher, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2015): Played in 32 matches and 45 sets, finishing 8th on the team with 145 digs (3.22 per set) … also contributed 15 aces … had an impressive match-high 30 digs vs. Jackson

Prior to Parkland: 3-year varsity starter … recorded 276 digs averaging 6.0 per set, notched match highs of 5 service aces and 21 digs in senior season … played club volleyball for Prime Time Volleyball Club where she advanced to the USAV Jr. National Championships two years in a row as a DS her junior year and libero her senior season.

Personal:  Born October 16, 1996 … daughter of Brett and Jamie Deer … three younger brothers (Spencer, Mason, and Logan) … majoring in Biology with plans to pursue a career in nursing.   


Bailee Dunne

Class: Freshman
Height: 5’10
Approach Touch: 9’2
Position:  Defensive Specialist
High School: Limestone Community High School      
Hometown: Bartonville, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2016):  Currently in her first season with the Cobras

Prior to Parkland:  3-year varsity starter and 2-year co-caption … helped lead her team to three consecutive 20+ win seasons, including three conference and two regional championships … team MVP that led her team in digs and was second in kills her senior season … unanimous All-Conference selection sophomore, junior, and senior seasons … played 4 years of club for Eastside Volleyball Club and 2 years for Central Illini Elite

Personal:  Born August 29, 1997 … daughter of Tom and Selena Dunne, two brothers (T.R. and Michael) and two sisters (Riley – who had a successful volleyball career at Illinois Central College and then Western Illinois University – and Kami) … deciding between nursing and special education as an area of study


Gillian Jones
Class:  Freshman
Height:  6’2
Approach Touch: 9’9
Position:  Middle Hitter
High School: Argenta-Oreana High School
Hometown: Oreana, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2016):  Currently in her first season with the Cobras

Prior to Parkland:  4-year varsity starter, leading her team in blocks her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons and kills her junior and senior seasons … unanimous All-Conference selection and team captain and MVP junior and senior seasons … 1st Team All Macon County and 2nd Team News-Gazette senior year … played 2 years of club volleyball with Prime Time Volleyball Club … also finished as class valedictorian

Personal:  Born January 28, 1998 … daughter of Damian and Sarah Jones … one sister (Alexa) and one brother (Mack) … currently undecided on a major


Lexie Siegert
Class:  Freshman
Height:  5’11
Approach: TBD
Position:  Outside Hitter
High School: Pana High School
Hometown: Pana, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2016):  Currently in her first season with the Cobras

Prior to Parkland:  3-year varsity starter … senior season captain helped lead her team to a regional championship … 2nd Team All-Conference selection sophomore and junior years and 1st Team All-Conference selection senior year … 2nd Team Decatur Herald & Review junior year and 1st Team selection her senior season … currently holds Pana school record for solo blocks in a season and is in the top 5 for career blocks and kills … played one season of club with Capital Area Volleyball Club

Personal:  Born February 14, 1998 … daughter of Eric and Sheila Siegert … two sisters (Britani and Katelyn) … currently undecided on a major

 
Paige Griffith
Class:  Sophomore
Height:  5’9
Approach Touch: 9’2
Position:  Setter
High School:  Putnam County High School
Hometown:  Granville, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2015):  Played in 31 matches and 49 sets, averaging 4.49 assists per set as part of the Cobras 6-2 offense … accumulated a total of 220 assists, 23 aces, and 76 digs … had a season high 17 assists vs. Joliet and 7 digs vs. Kishwaukee

Prior to Parkland:  3-year varsity starter … led high school team to 22-13 record, regional championship and sectional semifinal win her senior season … named 1st Team All-Conference sophomore, junior and senior seasons, while also being named to the All-Conference Tournament team those three seasons … 1st Team All Area junior and senior year … sectional champion and state qualifier in track all four years (300 hurdles) … played club volleyball at IVVP

Personal:  Born September 6, 1996 … daughter of Trent and Jan Griffith … one sister (Claire) and two brothers (Luke and Will) … majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics


Laura Gross
Class:  Sophomore
Height:  5’11”
Approach Touch: 10’1
Position:  Right Side Hitter
High School:  Schlarman High School
Hometown:  Potomac, IL
Committed: Indiana State University

Freshman Year (2015):  Played in 56 matches and 148 sets, leading the Cobras in kills (438) and kills per set (2.96), finishing second in hitting percentage (.376), and finishing third on the team in total blocks (191) … an NJCAA 1st Team All-American and the Region 24 Player of the Year, Gross was an integral part of the Cobras 57-0 record and national championship … finished in the top ten in the country in hitting percentage and blocks per set … had match highs of 15 kills vs. Catawba Valley, 12 digs vs. Lincoln Land, 10 blocks vs. Southwestern Illinois, and had a season-best hitting percentage of .688 vs. Barton with 11 kills, 0 errors, on 16 attempts … Gross capped off her freshman campaign as the Parkland College Female Athlete of the Year and maintained a 4.0 GPA … Gross accepted a scholarship to Indiana State University and will begin her career as a Sycamore in January

Prior to Parkland:  4-year Varsity Starter … led high school team to 3 conference, regional and sectional titles and school record 31 wins her senior season … school records in total kills (1,132) total blocks (410) and ranks in the Top 5 in total assists … named to the Commercial News All-Area team each of her four seasons and was named Commercial News All-Area Player of the Year sophomore, junior, and senior seasons … named to the News-Gazette Area First Team her sophomore, junior and senior seasons … named to the State of Illinois Special Mention 50 list … played club volleyball at Prime Time Volleyball Club where her team advanced to the USAV Jr. National Championships three years in a row.

Personal:  Born November 26, 1996 … daughter of Brad and Lisa Gross … two sisters (Rachel and Janie) and one brother (Sam) … majoring in Business Administration


Alayna Jackson
Class: Sophomore
Height:  5’8
Approach Touch: 9’7
Position:  Middle Hitter
High School:  Champaign Centennial High School
Hometown: Champaign, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2014):  Alayna rejoins the Cobras after taking the 2015 season off … as a freshman played in 54 matches and 153 sets … finished 5th on the team in kills (283) and kills per set (1.85) and second on the team in hitting percentage (.428) and total blocks (215) … had match highs of 10 kills twice and 14 blocks vs. Lincoln Land … had 19 matches with more than 5 kills and a hitting percentage higher than .500 … also earned All-Conference and All-Region honors

Prior to Parkland:  2-year varsity letter winner … helped lead the Chargers to a 3rd place state finish in class 3A her junior year and to a sectional championship her senior year … earned All-Tournament honors in 3 tournaments her senior season … led her team in aces her senior year … garnered 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team News-Gazette All-Area honors her senior season … participated in the Parkland College/News-Gazette Area All-Star game in 2013 … Played club volleyball with Prime Time Volleyball Club where she was a strong force behind her team’s back-to-back-to-back USAV  Jr. National tournament appearances, including two 11th place finishes her 17’s and 18’s years.

Personal: Born August 21, 1996 … Daughter of Rhonda and Willie Jackson … Mother of Ava Celeste Jackson … majoring in Nursing

 
Eloise van Velthooven
Class:  Freshman
Height:  6’2
Approach Touch: 9’10
Position:  Outside Hitter
High School:  Marlborough Girls College
Hometown: Blenheim, New Zealand
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2016):  Currently in her first season with the Cobras

Prior to Parkland: At 15 was selected to compete for the New Zealand U-18 national team …. at 17, she was invited to join the top national team of New Zealand … that team won the Oceania Eastern Zone Championships and competed in the South Pacific Challenge

Personal:  Born December 10, 1997 … Daughter of Deirdre and Luke van Velthooven … 4 older sisters (Hannah, Sophie, Claudia, and Helena) and 1 older brother (Isaac) … majoring in Kinesiology
 

Jaime Johnson
Class:  Sophomore
Height:  5’7”
Approach Touch: 9’2
Position:  Setter
High School:  Champaign Centennial High School
Hometown:  Champaign, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2015): Played in 54 matches and 138 sets as one of the starting setters in the Cobras’ 6-2 offense … Led the team in assists (905) and assists per set (6.56), while also contributing 30 kills, 57 aces, and 247 digs … has match highs of 29 assists vs. Johnson County, 17 digs vs. Cowley County, and 5 service aces vs. Southwestern Illinois … also had 6 double-doubles on the season … received All-Region honors … finished her freshman year with a  4.0 GPA

Prior to Parkland:  2-year varsity letter winner and starter… led high school team to 16th consecutive 20+ win season … recorded 660 assists, 203 digs, 76 kills and 66 service aces her senior season … named to the News-Gazette Area 1st Team … named to the Big 12 Conference 1st Team … named to the State of Illinois Special Mention 50 … played club volleyball for Prime Time Volleyball Club where she advanced to the USAV Jr. National Championships three years in a row.

Personal:  Born on January 13, 1997 … daughter of Kevin and Julie Johnson … one brother (Logan) … planning to major in Kinesiology with plans to pursue a career in athletic training.

 
Courtney Moritz
Class:  Sophomore
Height:  5’7”
Approach Touch: 9’0
Position:  Setter
High School:  Fieldcrest High School
 Hometown:  Dana, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2015):  Played in 38 matches and 67 sets for the Cobras, mostly as a setter, but sometimes as a serving specialist … contributed 274 assists, 25 aces, and 68 digs … had match highs of 20 assists vs. Rend Lake, 6 aces vs. Hagerstown, and 6 digs vs. Joliet

Prior to Parkland:  Three-year varsity starter … led high school team to a 33-6 record and 4th place finish in the IHSA Class 2A state championship her junior season … led team her senior season to a 34-4 record and sectional title … notched 889 assists (10.7 assists/set) her senior season finishing #1 for the area assist leader in the Peoria Journal Star and LaSalle News Tribune and 2nd in the Pantagraph area … named MVP of high school team … named HOIC Conference 1st Team … named to News Tribune 1st Team … played club volleyball for Illini Elite for several years and have amassed several club tournament titles.

Personal:  Born October 9, 1996 … daughter of George and LeAnne Moritz … one brother (Zachary) … plans to major in Business.

 
Gabby Pearl
Class:  Sophomore
Height:  6’2
Approach Touch: 9’9
Position:  Right Side Hitter
High School:  Blue Ridge High School
Hometown:  Farmer City, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2015):  Played in 33 matches and 57 sets as a freshman … finished her freshman campaign with 247 kills (.235 hitting percentage) and 50 blocks (.88 per set) … had match highs of 8 kills vs. Hagerstown and 4 blocks on four separate occasions

Prior to Parkland:  Four-year varsity starter … led high school team to back-to-back regional championships … led the team in both kills and blocks … averaged 4 kills/set senior season and finished 8th in the News-Gazette area standings … named to News-Gazette Area 2nd Team … named News-Gazette Athlete of the Week … named to several All-Tournament teams throughout playing career … played club volleyball for Prime Time Volleyball Club where she advanced to the USAV Jr. National Championships in her only year of club volleyball.

Personal:  Born April 2nd, 1997 … Daughter of Dan Pearl and Michelle Drake … one brother (Wyatt) … majoring in Psychology

 
Virtuous Thomas
Class:  Sophomore
Height:  5’3”
Approach Touch: n/a
Position:  Defensive Specialist
High School:  Champaign Central High School
Hometown:  Champaign, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2015):  Played in 33 matches and 48 sets, finishing with 125 digs, good for 2.6 digs per set … also contributed 17 aces … had a match high 12 digs vs. Frontier and 3 aces vs. Jackson

Prior to Parkland:  Two-year varsity starter … libero for team that won 30 matches and a regional title her senior season … named to the News-Gazette Area 1st Team … named to State of Illinois Honorable Mention 100 … played club volleyball for Prime Time Volleyball Club where she advanced to the USAV Jr. National Championships three years in a row.

Personal:  Born April 30, 1997 … daughter of William and Juviouns Thomas … one sister (Victoria) and two brothers (Anthony and Theo) … majoring in Early Childhood Education

 
Sofii Kelemete
Class:  Sophomore
Height:  5’10
Approach Touch: 10’3
Position:  Middle Hitter
High School:  Highland High School
Hometown:  Pocatello, ID
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2015):  The 2015 AVCA Two-Year College Player of the Year and NJCAA 1st Team All American; was a vital part of the Cobras 2015 success, playing in all 57 matches and 164 total sets … an All-Region selection, M-WAC Conference Player of the Year, and NJCAA National Championship Tournament MVP, finished the season with 280 kills, a .467 hitting percentage, 46 aces, and 332 blocks, good for 2.02 blocks per set … also led the country in hitting percentage, total blocks, and blocks per set … had 22 matches with 5 or more kills and a .500 or higher hitting percentage … had match highs of 11 kills vs. Lincoln and 16 blocks vs. Cowley County

Prior to Parkland:  3-year varsity letter winner and starter… named to the 2015 Idaho State Journal Volleyball All Area 1st Team … named the Highland High School Female Athlete of the Year … named the District 4A Outstanding Blocker of the Year … ran track for only one season her senior year in Idaho… finished 1st in Districts and 4th at State for the long jump … named the Idaho State Journal Long Jumper of the Year … when living In Texas, played club volleyball for Desert Diamonds and was a key component to her 17-1’s team qualifying for USAV Junior Nationals.

Personal:  Born January 26, 1997 … daughter of Vaiaga and William Willis … has one Sister, Fia, a freshman on the Cobras’ volleyball team, and one brother, Lawrence … majoring in English

 
Alivia Dew
Class:  Freshman
Height:  5’11
Approach Touch: 9’10
Position:  Right Side Hitter
High School:  Champaign Centennial High School
Hometown:  Champaign, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2016):  Currently in her first season with the Cobras

Prior to Parkland:  2-year varsity letter winner and starter… senior year captain who led her team in kills … All-Conference and News-Gazette All-Area honorable mention selections … played club volleyball for Prime Time Volleyball Club where she helped lead three teams to the USAV Junior National Tournament

Personal:  Born April 13, 1998 … daughter of Tommy and Neely Dew … two sisters, Ayla (a Cobra volleyball player from 2014-2015) and Addison … majoring in Psychology

 
Gabby Morrow
Class:  Redshirt Freshman
Height:  5’11Approach Touch: 9’11
Position:  Middle Hitter
High School:  Lawrence North High School
Hometown:  Fishers, IN
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2016):  Currently in her first season with the Cobras

Prior to Parkland:  As a senior co-captain, led her team to a 23-10 record, while hitting .492 and finishing second on her team in blocks and kills … received the Most Improved Player award and Offensive Player of the Year award … was nominated participate in the Indiana All-Star Game as a junior and senior … played club volleyball for Vision Volleyball Club and Circle City Volleyball Club … spent her freshman season at Presbyterian College in South Carolina where she redshirted due to injury

Personal:  Born December 9, 1996 … daughter of Wes and Portia Morrow … one sister (Chelsea) … majoring in Political Science

 
Leah Anderson
Class:  Sophomore
Height:  5’9
Approach Touch: 9’2
Position:  Setter
High School:  Lincoln High School
Hometown:  Lincoln, IL
Committed: n/a

Freshman Year (2016):  Currently in her first season with the Cobras

Prior to Parkland:  2-year varsity starter and captain … All-Conference selection junior and senior seasons … All-Area 1st Team and All-State Honorable Mention her senior year … also led team in assists (730) and aces (38) her senior year en route to a sectional championship … attended College of Coastal Georgia her freshman year where her team won the SSAC Conference Championship and Tournament … played in 28 matches as a freshman, posting a match high of 21 assists vs. Florida International

Personal:  Born July 26, 1996 … daughter of Darren and Beth Anderson … one brother (Alex) and two sisters (Kate and Emma) … majoring in Animal Science
 

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