Dec. 14, 2010
ATHENS, Ohio -
Kelly Lamberti, part of Ohio Volleyball's impressive 2011 recruiting class, was named Illinois' Gatorade Player of the Year.
Lamberti will be joining 6'0" outside hitter Chelsea Bilger (Fishers, Ind.), 5'10" setter Bailey Karst (Aurora, Colo.), 6' 0" middle blocker Serena Warner (Waller, Texas) after all four players signed National Letters of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Ohio University beginning in the fall of 2011.
Lamberti, a 6-foot outside hitter, recorded 320 kills, 210 digs, 72 service aces and 44 blocks this past season while posting a kill percentage of .476, leading the Trojans (41-1) to the Class 4A state final. A four-year varsity starter for the nation's No. 5 team as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com, Lamberti was named 2010 Player of the Year by both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times.
Lamberti has maintained a 3.78 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army and in association with multiple food and clothing drives for area homeless.
"Kelly Lamberti may be the most dominating player I have seen in a long time," said Cary-Grove High Head Coach Patty Langanis. "All year, every game, she was on and ready to play. The bigger the match, the better she played. She was unstoppable all season."
Lamberti joins recent Gatorade Illinois Volleyball Players of the Year Annemarie Hickey (2009-10, Joilet Catholic Academy), Hannah Werth (2008-09, Glenwood) and Kelly Murphy (2007-08, Joliet Catholic Academy) among the state's list of former award winners.
Ohio Volleyball recently made the NCAA Tournament for a MAC record-tying eighth-consecutive time. The Bobcats reached the NCAA Second Round for the second-consecutive year after rolling through the MAC Tournament. The Green & White did not lose a set in Toledo en route to their third-straight MAC Tournament Championship and seventh in the last eight years.