Volleyball: Hasz earns Interstate 8 First Team honors

Friestad, Hale named All-Conference Honorable Mentions


ROCHELLE — Lady Hub senior Sylvia Hasz saw her role with the Rochelle varsity volleyball team change dramatically this season. Already a two-time All-Conference First Team outside hitter, Hasz was moved into the Rochelle team’s starting setter role this fall. Hasz’s all-around efforts allowed her to earn All-Conference First Team from the Interstate 8 for the third straight year.

A three-year varsity player with the Lady Hubs, Hasz was recently named a unanimous All-Conference First Team selection for the second time in her high school career. The senior finished with 198 kills this fall, which brought her up to a school record 644 career kills.

“It’s a huge honor and it makes me feel accomplished for what I’ve been able to do over the last four years here,” Hasz said. “I thought I took on more of a leadership role this year and my goal as one of the only seniors on the team was to help my teammates play as well as they could. I thought that helped me improve my skills and become a more consistent player.”

Hasz led the Lady Hubs with 13 assists in a two-set victory against the Morris Redskins, who took third in the conference this season while Rochelle finished fourth. Hasz also enjoyed a 19-assist, nine-dig and three-kill performance in the varsity team’s Senior Night win against Plano. Hasz compiled 11 assists, seven kills and eight digs in a home victory over Sandwich.

“I’m going to miss the family environment,” Hasz said. “We put a lot of time in over the last four years and I’m going to miss my coaches and being able to give back to the community.”

Juniors Addie Friestad and Payton Hale each received All-Conference Honorable Mentions this season. Friestad finished with 153 kills, second-most on the Lady Hubs, while Hale totaled a team-leading 38 blocks. Rochelle finished 16-16 overall and 8-6 in the Interstate 8 this year.