Volleyball Girls (Varsity)

Team Info:

2017 LFHS Varsity Girls Volleyball Team Photo
(Photo by Visual Image Photography, Inc.)

COACH: Molly Grzesik, Head Varsity Girls Volleyball



Athletics Roster

2017 Varsity Girls Volleyball Roster

No.Name Position Year
2Reily Heindel OH2020
3Jillian (Jill) FontanaDS/L2018
4Claire Mahoney S 2019
5Alexandra (Allie) Wickman OH/RS2018
7Cassidy Shaul OH/RS2018
8Katie AbdallahMB2019
9Kathryn (Katie) Constantine MB2018
10Grace Tirzmalis MB 2019
11Sydney Martens RS2019
12Heather Conover DS/L 2019
13Elizabeth (Bea) Ward OH/RS 2019
16Alyssa Thrash OH 2020
17Maria Gabrielsen S 2018
20Elizabeth (Ellie) Pearson OH/RS2019
Grace LehmanMGR2019
Isabella ManciniMGR2018

Varsity Head Coach - Molly Grzesik
Assistant Coach - Tia Rupnik
Assistant Caoch - Jon Bolek

Superintendent: Michael Simeck
Principal: Dr. Chala Holland
Athletic Director: Tim Burkhalter

Nickname: Scouts
Team Colors: Royal Blue & Gold
Enrollment 1672

Team News

Team News

Lake Forest lost to Crystal Lake South at the McHenry Regional, 21-25, 12-25. Alyssa Thrash and Ellie Pearson led the offense with 4 kills each. Cassidy Shaul contributed 3 kills and a team-high 8 digs. Heather Conover had 3 aces and 7 digs. Maria Gabrielsen had 10 assists.

Lake Forest defeated Waukegan last night in our last conference match of the season, 25-18, 24-26, 25-22. Ellie Pearson and Alyssa Thrash led the team with 8 kills each. Heather Conover contributed 13 digs and 2 aces.

We take on Crystal Lake South on Monday at 5:30PM at McHenry High School in Regional play.

Senior Girls Volleyball with parents on Senior Night.
Seniors Jill Fontana, Allie Wickman, Cassidy Shaul, Katie Constantine, Maria Gabrielson, and Isabella Mancini and their parents are recognized on Senior Night.

Lake Forest defeated Mundelein tonight 25-15, 25-20 on our senior night. Senior Katie Constantine led the team with 3 blocks and 3 kills. Senior Maria Gabrielsen led the team with 14 assists. Ellie Pearson contributed 6 kills.

Lake Forest lost to Loyola at home tonight, 19-25, 17-25. Cassidy Shaul led the team with 5 kills and 8 digs. Heather Conover also contributed 8 digs. Ellie Pearson had 3 blocks.

The Scouts fell to Zion-Benton Township in three sets tonight, 17-25, 26-24, and 10-25. Senior Cassidy Shaul led the team with 15 digs and 8 kills. Sophomore Alyssa Thrash contributed two aces and 7 kills. The Scouts will play in the Antioch Invitational this weekend.

Girls volleyball players honor the teachers they appreciate.09/27/17
Lake Forest girls volleyball lost a close two-set match to Lake Zurich at home, 25-27, 17-25 on Teacher Appreciation Night.

Lake Forest lost to Grayslake Central in two sets, 10-25, 18-25. Allie Wickman and Alyssa Thrash both had three kills. Cassidy Shaul had six digs.

The Scouts fell to Evanston in two sets, 11-25 and 21-25. Senior Cassidy Shaul and junior Heather Conover contributed 5 digs each. Senior hitter Katie Constantine had 3 kills after coming off a hand injury.

The Scouts fell to Libertyville in two sets, 11-25 and 12-25. Sophomore Alyssa Thrash led the team with five kills and four digs. Junior setter Claire Mahoney led the team with four assists.

Varsity Volleyball lost to Warren at home in two sets: 24-26, 21-25. Katie Constantine led the team with 4 kills and 3 blocks. Sydney Martens also had 4 kills. Allie Wickman contributed 3 aces. Cassidy Shaul led the defense with 4 digs.

Lake Forest Volleyball lost to Stevenson at home, 10-25, 20-25. Katie Constantine led the team with five kills. Ellie Pearson added three kills. Cassidy Shaul had nine digs and Katie Abdallah had two blocks.

Congratulations to Emma Patlovich, a 2016 graduate of LFHS, who was selected as American East Conference Rookie of the Week in her first week of play on the University of New Hampshire volleyball team.
photo of Emma Patlovich - America East Rookie of the Week

Emma was a four-year varsity setter for LFHS. Just a few of her many accolades include:
Named to the Illinois All-State Special Mention volleyball team her junior and senior year
MVP of the LFHS team her junior and senior years
Selected by the Pioneer Press for their All-Area First Team in 2016

Congratulations and best wishes from LFHS!

Lake Forest (0-3) lost to Glenbrook South at home tonight 18-25, 11-25. Alyssa Thrash led the team with 6 kills. Cassidy Shaul led the defense with 9 digs.

Lake Forest Varsity Girls Volleyball (0-2) lost to Niles West on the road 7-25, 21-25.

Lake Forest Varsity Volleyball lost their home opener to Wheeling in a tight two-set match (22-25, 17-25). Senior captain Cassidy Shaul led the team with 5 kills. The Scouts fall to 0-1 and face Niles West on Thursday.

Team News From Previous SeasonsSearch here




Molly Grzesik, Head Varsity Girls Volleyball

Coach Grzesik has been Head Varsity Girls Volleyball coach at LFHS since 2015. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Volleyball coach at Deerfield High School for two years for both the girls' and boys' programs. She also coached volleyball in southern Indiana prior to moving to Illinois. At Indiana University, Coach Grzesik played club volleyball where she won a NCVF Collegiate Championship in 2010 as a middle hitter--defeating the number-one ranked Ohio State team.

Coach Grzesik graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Spanish. She currently teaches in the Science Department at LFHS.

Tia Rupnik, LFHS Head Sophomore Girls Volleyball Coach

Tia Rupnik, Assistant Varsity Girls Volleyball

2017 marks Coach Rupnik's first year as Varsity Assistant after having been Head Girls Sophomore Volleyball coach at LFHS for three years. Prior to that, she coached Girls Freshman Volleyball for one year at Vernon Hills High School.

Tia received both her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education and her Master's degree in Teaching from Lake Forest College. She teaches in the Mathematics Department at LFHS.



Varsity Girls Volleyball Awards - Fall, 2017

2019 Katie Abdallah
2019 Heather Conover
2020 Reily Heindel
2019 Claire Mahoney
2019 Sydney Martens
2019 Elizabeth (Ellie) Pearson
2020 Alyssa Thrash
2019 Grace Tirzmalis
2019 Elizabeth (Bee) Ward
*4th year participant
2018 Kathryn Constantine
2018 Jillian Fontana
2018 Maria Gabrielsen
2018 Cassidy Shaul
2018 Alexandra Wickman

Grace Lehman
Isabella Mancini

Cassidy Shaul
Alexandra Wickman
Ellie Pearson

Heather Conover
Claire Mahoney
Sydney Martens
Elizabeth (Ellie) Pearson
Cassidy Shaul
Grace Tirzmalis
Elizabeth (Bea) Ward
Alexandra Wickman

Cassidy Shaul

Ellie Pearson

Cassidy Shaul

Sydney Martens

Sydney Martens

W: 2 L: 5

W: 7 L: 28

Varsity Girls Volleyball Season Summary

Varsity Girls Volleyball Awards Archive
Varsity Girls Volleyball Awards - Fall, 2017
Posted: Nov 9 2017

Varsity Girls Volleyball Awards - Fall, 2014
Posted: Dec 7 2014

Varsity Girls Volleyball Awards - Fall, 2013
Posted: Nov 11 2013