ICC Athletic News

Volleyball Adds Three More to the 2016-2017 Roster

Dec. 7, 2015

EAST PEORIA, IL- The Illinois Central College Volleyball team has added three more players to the 2016 roster. Joining the already signed recruits, Claire Milnes and Brooke Gardner, will be Marisa Alferova of Morton, Kenzie Rhodes of Deer Creek-Mackinaw, and Taylor Shaw of Annawan.

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Maria Alferova was a Mid-Illini First Team All-Conference libero for Morton this past fall. She posted 328 digs as well as 31 aces during her senior season to be the recipient of the Potters’ MVP award. Maria was also apart of the Illini Elite 16-Black team that was the 2014 National Championship runner-up in the club division. Though she is talented on the court, she achieves in the classroom as well. Maria has a 4.5 GPA, is a National Honors Society member and plans on studying International Business. “Maria is a player with a high volleyball IQ,” Head Coach Sue Sinclair said. “She has played almost every position on the floor which helps tremendously as a libero. With that kind of IQ, Maria will be able to see, direct and lead with ease from the back row.”

Kenzie Rhodes, a setter from Deer Creek- Mackinaw, earned 503 assists, 140 digs, and 37 blocks throughout her final season for the Chiefs, to earn a unanimous Heart of Illinois Conference First Team selection. Kenzie has led Dee-Mack in assists for three years and was apart of the 2013 and 2014 teams that finished third and first at the IHSA State Tournament, respectively. She will be considering a career in nursing. “Kenzie has experience playing and making tough decisions under pressure,” Sinclair stated. “Running a 5-1 for a state championship winning team is no easy task and having that experience will help at this next level.”

Annawan’s outside hitter and two-time Lincoln Trail All-Conference First Team selection, Taylor Shaw, ended her senior season with 229 kills, 104 digs, and 31 aces. Not only was Taylor the Braves’ MVP, but she has earned accolades in the classroom as well. She is a National Honor Society member, High Honor Roll and has been on the Lincoln Trail Academic All-Conference since her sophomore year in volleyball, basketball, and softball. Although Taylor is currently undecided on what she will study at ICC, she is looking forward to exploring the many options the college has to offer. “Taylor is a talented, all-around competitor,” said Sinclair. “She is a six-rotation player with an incredible amount of athleticism. She has attended our camps in the summer, got a feel for what ICC Volleyball is all about, and we’re glad she decided to join us.”

All three athletes signed December 7 at the Illinois Central College CougarPlex, with the current team in attendance. “The coaching staff and the team are all very excited to add Maria, Kenzie, and Taylor to the addition of incoming freshmen,” Sinclair said enthusiastically. “We have a talented group of student-athletes that makes everyone look forward to next fall.”