Category Archives: Volleyball

2017 Volleyball Camp

Nearly 140 fourth grade through eighth grade girls participated in Mater Dei’s Volleyball Camp June 12-15.

Award Winners Grades 4, 5 and 6
Sam Muscarello – Top Setter, Sophie Timmermann – Top Passer, Makenna Budde – Top Server, Isabella Brefeld – Camp Kangaroo (19” vertical) and Fred Rakers “I Bleed Blue” Award, and Kaydence Schroeder – Top Attacker

Camp Hustler Award winners: Avery Trame, Lauren Jamruk, Katy Huels, Emma Johnson, Ava McSparin, Harley Gebke, Addison Lampe, Adeline Morris, Ava Strake and Lydia Engelmann

Award Winners Grades 7 and 8
Riley Gebke – Top Blocker; Riley Kleber – Top Attacker, Camp Kangaroo (26” vertical) and Co-Fred Rakers “I Bleed Blue” Award; Tori Mohesky – Top Server and Co-Fred Rakers “I Bleed Blue” Award; Annalyse Richter – Top Setter; and Reagan Oster – Top Passer

Camp Hustler Award winners: Alexis Kampwerth, Lindsey Richter, Marley Jansen, Avery Budde, Ashleigh Jamruk and Alivia Lampe

Tournament Champion Teams
Grade 8: Jenna Martin, Lindsey Richter, Meg Poettker, Tori Mohesky, Riley Gebke, Emily Johnston and Jaidyn Kreke

Grade 7: Catey Cowgill, Lauren Wolter, Lexi Ceto, Emily Jansen, Jordyn Heckert, Carmen Foppe and Marley Jansen

Grade 6: Makenna Budde, Ryann Becker and Reese Kalmer

Grade 5: Bree Jasper, Kennedy Nicklin and Aubrey Wilburn

Grade 4: Lauren Jamruk, Lucia Crawford and Peyton Muscarello

VOLLEYBALL CAMP: Grade 8 participants

VOLLEYBALL CAMP: Grade 7 participants

VOLLEYBALL CAMP: Grade 6 participants

VOLLEYBALL CAMP: Grade 5 participants




VOLLEYBALL CAMP: Grade 4 participants



Seniors Announce Intent to Play Collegiate Athletics

(from left) Sydney Engelhart, Logan Braundmeier and Erica Hitpas

(from left) Sydney Engelhart, Logan Braundmeier and Erica Hitpas announce their intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Congratulations to seniors Logan Braundmeier, Sydney Engelhart and Erica Hitpas on the announcement of their intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level!  Logan will play softball for the Murray State University Racers, Sydney will play softball for the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees, and Erica will play volleyball for the Western Illinois University Fighting Leathernecks.

Mater Dei Volleyball Reunion

On December 26, in conjunction with the first night of the Holiday Tournament and Hospitality Night at Aviston Legion, the Mater Dei volleyball program will host its annual MD volleyball reunion. The evening will start at 8:30 p.m. Past and present players and parents are invited. This is an opportunity to stay in contact or get in contact with former teammates. Past volleyball player jerseys are available for the players and or parents to have for whatever value they place on them. The proceeds from the jersey sales will go to the volleyball program.

Pep Club News

MD volleyball coach Chad Rakers, far right, appreciated the spirit MD students and seniors Logan Gerstner (gorilla), Mike Martz, Adam Etter, and Alex Gebke brought to the volleyball match vs. Central, which was designated Costume Day.

Rakers Named National Coach of the Year

Mater Dei volleyball coach Fred Rakers proudly displays his award from the National High School Coaches Association for being named National Coach of the Year in Volleyball.

Mater Dei volleyball coach Fred Rakers has been notified that he has been selected by the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) as the National High School Volleyball Coach of the Year for 2011.

“The coaches we are honoring are outstanding examples for successful high school coaches in their sports,” NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro, Jr., said. “They place a high value on the teamwork skills their players learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring them.”

Rakers brought a sterling 35-year coaching career to an end last fall when his Lady Knights compiled a 41-1 record and took home the Illinois 3A state championship, his sixth state championship of his career at Mater Dei.

The NHSCA is a not-for-profit service organization founded in 1989 to provide support and leadership for the nation’s 500,000 high school coaches. The entire list of Coach of the Year winners can be found on the organizations website at