Leaders on St. Charles North’s volleyball team, Taylor Krage, Corrinne Sullivan and Sydney Wohlert have set high goals for their senior seasons. With two club team national championships between them, the seniors are already well on their way to finding success – they helped the North Stars win the Plainfield North tournament Aug. 31 with a sweep of Naperville North.
Names: Taylor Krage, Corrinne Sullivan, Sydney Wohlert
Year in school: Seniors
Hometown: St. Charles
Position: Outside hitter (Krage); right side (Sullivan); setter (Wohlert)
How long have you played volleyball?
Krage: Since I was 11, but I have been surrounded by the volleyball world for as long as I can remember.
Sullivan: Six years.
Wohlert: Since seventh grade! My eighth grade year I finally made the jump to club volleyball, wanting to play all year long.
What do you love most about volleyball?
Krage: [It’s] such a fast-paced game. Points are scored frequently and the momentum can switch instantaneously.
Sullivan: Being part of something bigger than myself, and having teammates that I can work with to not only become better as a team, but also better as a person.
Wohlert: The immediate family atmosphere you walk into and the incredible friendships I have made. I don’t think my high school years would be half as memorable had I not met the girls I did my freshman year and beyond.
What are your goals for the upcoming season? How will you achieve them?
Krage: Division and conference titles. We are also looking for strong finishes in each tournament, which will be a challenge considering the competitiveness of our schedule. Lastly, we are looking to push very far into the postseason. We have been putting in the work each and every day.
Sullivan: Having our team reach our full potential. I know how far my team can go, and I want us to work as hard as we can inside and outside of practice to be the best.
Wohlert: To make it downstate. I have never seen a group of talent come together like this. If we all vibe at the right time, our potential could be pretty awesome. To make this happen, I want to make sure every touch at the ball is intense and worthwhile. I don’t ever want to be satisfied with just enough; pushing each other to our best potential is my goal.
How do you motivate yourself to train during the summer?
Krage: My love for the game helps motivate me, and I keep reminding myself that the hard work you put in in the offseason puts you a step ahead of the competition come game day.
Sullivan: A lot of my friends are on the North boys’ volleyball team, and over the summer they never failed to mention how they got third in state. This summer I trained for bragging rights.
Wohlert: I know volleyball season is right around the corner so that’s my biggest motivation. The first day of tryouts are usually all physical conditioning and you would not want to be out of shape for that.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
Krage: My coaches throughout my volleyball years. I am always amazed at how dedicated they are, and how much time and effort they are willing to put into each and every player.
Sullivan: Michelle Cook. She is now one of the freshman coaches at North, but throughout my volleyball career Michelle has always been consistently supportive and has really helped me improve my game.
Wohlert: My mom was a Division I athlete as a tennis player and the stories she shares about her experiences and all that she has gained through athletics, have always pushed me to want the same.
If you didn’t play volleyball, what would you be doing?
Krage: I probably would have ended up sticking with basketball, but I can’t imagine a volleyball-less life.
Sullivan: If I couldn’t play volleyball, I have always wanted to try rowing.
Wohlert: I would most likely be working to save up some money for college. During club season and the school year, I barely have time to catch up with my family, let alone get a job. I wouldn’t trade my volleyball experiences for the world, but if I didn’t have that commitment, it would be all work.
What’s the best part about summer in St. Charles?
Krage: I have picked up on the frozen yogurt craze lately and love that they’re sprouting up everywhere! I end up in places like Forever Yogurt way too often.
Sullivan: The fourth of July. I think the festivities of the day, from the parade to the fireworks, bring a sense of community to St. Charles.
Wohlert: Definitely the weather. You could always catch me at the pool, getting my tan on or being outdoors with my friends. Sleeping in is hard for me because I was feel like I’m wasting the day away!
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Krage: Jonathan Toews. He has accomplished so much at such a young age, and his leadership skills are outstanding.
Sullivan: Misty May-Treanor. I have watched her growing up and have always aspired to have her passion and drive for the sport.
Wohlert: Misty May-Treanor because she never gave up on her dream of winning a third Olympic gold medal. I think perseverance and discipline are two key components of being successful in life, and Misty has both!
How do you beat the heat during workouts?
Krage: The key is making sure you’re rested and hydrated. Working through the heat on the hard days is when you improve the most, both physically and mentally.
Sullivan: I think the heat during workouts makes me more of a true athlete than when it’s cool in the fall. When I’m pushing through a hard, hot workout I know that not only am I getting better physically, I am also getting more mentally tough which will help me in game situations.
Wohlert: I beat the heat by having a favorite spot by the fan. At one point this summer, it got so hot in the gym that the air was barley moving. Coach Hawkins hooked us up with some fans, and it was the greatest feeling ever.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
Krage: “Yesterday you said tomorrow.”
Sullivan: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine
Wohlert: “This too shall pass.” I feel like as an athlete we get so worked up with the game and our personal play, that we let it get the best of us. Realizing that you have a team carrying you along, and that everything will work out in the end, is the best way to make it through challenging times.
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