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Penn State Defeats Stanford 3-2, to win 26th consecutive match.


Behind 10 kills on .909 hitting by freshman middle hitter Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.), the top-ranked Penn State women's volleyball team swept No. 6 Cal (30-28, 30-25, 30-16) Thursday night in Sacramento, Calif., in the NCAA National Semifinal. The Nittany Lions (33-2) will meet No. 4 Stanford Saturday for the National Championship in a match slated for 6:00 p.m. PT (9:00 p.m. ET) that will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The Penn State-Cal match will also be rebroadcast on Friday, Dec. 14 at 12:00 p.m. PT (3:00 p.m. ET) on ESPN2.


Freshman middle hitter Arielle Wilson (PSU) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Regional Championships this past weekend. Her Nittany Lions are on their way to the Final Four in Sacramento, CA.


One of our Lions Boys 17 and under players passed away in his sleep on Sunday morning.
He played in a tournament on Saturday and did not wake up on Sunday. Erik attended
Downers Grove North High School and has been a member of Lions for the past two years.
We are all shocked and saddened by this news. Please pass this along to your families so
that they may join us in our thoughts and prayers for Erik and his family.

Erik P. Yessa, loving son of Kevin and Jacqueline Yessa, nee Buck; dear brother of
Steve and Amanda; grandson of Sue and the late William Yessa, Wanda Starczynski and Dennis Buck.
Visitation Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 8p.m. Funeral Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at Adams-Winterfield and
Sullivan Funeral Home, 4343 Main St. (1 blk. So. of Ogden Ave.), Downers Grove.
Interment Bronswood Cemetery. 630-968-1000 or


Practices begin 12/2 for all 1st Alliance and Lions players except for 10's and 11's.


Again, congratulations to all of our former players now in college on their accomplishments during the 2007 season.

Arielle Wilson, Penn State
Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year
Big Ten Conference All Freshman Team

Laura DeBruler, Illinois
Big Ten All Conference Honorable Mention
Big Ten Conference All Freshman Team

Caitlin Strimel, Western Michigan
Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year

Kelsey Murphy, Clemson
All Atlantic Coast Conference 1st Team

Clare Reeder, Grinnell
All Midwest Conference Second Team

Jenna Passananti, Illinois Wesleyan
All Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin 1st Team

Michelle Malinowski, Illinois Wesleyan
All Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Honorable Mention

Ashley Reed, Illinois Wesleyan
All Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Honorable Mention

Stephanie Sagat, Lewis University
All Great Lakes Valley Conference Second Team

Ashlee Lindish, Lewis University
All Great Lakes Valley Conference Third Team

Caitlin O'Hara, Elmhurst
All Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Honorable Mention

Aubrey Dondlinger, Southeast Missouri
Ohio Valley Conference All Newcomer Team

Sara Byrne, Olivet Nazarene
All Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Honorable Mention


1st Alliance is proud to announce its affiliation with the JVDA (Junior Volleyball Directors Association). We are a charter member of the JVDA and is supporting the JVDA’s 2008 competition schedule.