There were several talented senior players on a Rochelle Township High School volleyball team that set a new single-season wins record this past season. But it was a sophomore and first-year varsity player who emerged as not only an impact performer, but a pillar for the future.
That Lady Hub was Sylvia Hasz, who finished the 2019 season among the team’s statistical leaders in categories such as digs (first with 243), kills (second with 207), aces (first with 35) and blocks (fourth with 13). Her all-around efforts garnered Interstate 8 All-Conference First Team honors as well as Most Valuable Player recognition from the RTHS team, something that surprised her greatly during the program’s season-ending banquet this past fall.
“We had many seniors who played volleyball all four years and they worked really hard, so I was very surprised because it was my first year on the varsity team,” Hasz said. “I wasn’t expecting that… I thought I helped keep my teammates in each match and I didn’t let our mistakes get in our heads. We were able to refocus after each point and that helped a lot.”
Hasz saw different areas of the floor throughout her sophomore season, moving anywhere from the back row to the outside hitter position, where she’ll likely be the team’s top threat next season with the loss of graduating senior and leading shot maker Katie Van Hise. Her versatility doesn’t stop there, however, as her years of club experience as a setter with VC United have allowed her to sharpen her passing skills and become a more complete player.
“I want to be more of a leader next season,” Hasz said. “I want to continue improving in all aspects of the game because I want to play in college… My club experience has definitely helped because I know I can go after every ball, and when we have good hitters, we don’t have to worry about setters putting up perfect balls on each play. If we can put up good balls, the hitters will go and get them. I’d like to give 100 percent effort and work hard next year.”