MacDonald (left), Souza (center), Clem (right)

Lake Land’s Carol Souza, a freshman outside hitter from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named to the Region 24 All-Region Volleyball Team, barely missing out on earning the region’s Most Valuable Player award.

Sophomore Ashlyn MacDonald, a sophomore right-side hitter from Mattoon, was also named to the first team, while sophomore libero Ashlyn Clem was a second-team selection.

Souza received the second most points in the polling of region coaches with 59, two points behind Kim Hall of John A. Logan College.

Souza recorded 296 kills, which was second on the team, for a 3.18 average per set. Souza also hit .288, had 356 digs, and added 36 service aces despite missing 13 matches due to injury.

MacDonald, the former Green Wave player, received the fifth most points after leading the Lakers with 299 kills, a 4.51 average. She also hit .251 and blocked 34 shots. Clem, from Danville, led the team in digs with 614, which ranked 15th nationally.

Only John A. Logan had more all-region players with four while Vincennes also had three members.

The Lakers finished 23-15 overall last season during which they took second in both the GRAC and the Region 24 Tournament before advancing into the Midwest District B semifinals.


Kim HallJohn A Logan61
Carol SouzaLake Land59
Alison SmithVincennes54
Kameryn SillmonJohn A Logan52
Ashlyn MacDonaldLake Land44
Bryleigh BuchananJohn A Logan35
Ryleigh FidlerVincennes35

SECOND TEAM: Brooklynn Smity (Kaskaskia) – 32 pts; Alanis Below (John A. Logan) – 31 pts; Ariana Gentzler (Vincennes) – 31 pts; Taylor Powerll (Kaskaskia) – 23 pts; Kate Broster (Wabash Valley) – 22 pts; Ashlyn Clem (Lake Land) – 18 pts