GoRedbirds.com features head coach Melissa Myers as she breaks down this years schedule, the Valley, and all Redbird players.
Senior Year (2011)
Appeared in 31 matches and 117 sets ... ranked third on the team in digs (300) and digs per set (2.56), fourth in assists (106) and fifth in service aces (12) ... recorded a season-high 22 digs in the season-opener against Utah Valley (8/26) ... posted two or more assists in 13 matches ... recorded double-digit digs in 18 matches ... marked a season-high four assists three times.
Junior Year (2010) Appeared in all 33 matches, starting in 16 ... played in all 121 sets ... ranked second on the team in set assists (50), third in digs (313) and fifth in service aces (15) ... had double-digit digs in 15 matches ... had double-digit digs in the first three matches of the season ... recorded a season-high 19 digs against Creighton (10/1) and Drake (10/29).
Sophomore Year (2009) Appeared in 28 matches and 93 sets ... recorded career-highs with five kills and 23 digs at Loyola (9/5) ... recorded double-digit digs in eight of the final 16 matches ... had 18 digs and no reception errors against Evansville (10/30) ... had her first-career block assist at Indiana State (10/16).
Freshman Year (2008) Appeared in 19 matches ... used predominantly as a serve specialist ... had 26 service attempts in the first three games of her career ... recorded her first-career kill and set-assist and had a career-high five digs against Mississippi (8/29) ... recorded her second kill against Northern Iowa (10/25).
Prior To ISU Two-year letterwinner ... the Angels were 71-11 in her two years with the program ... as a senior, nabbed all-state special team honors and was an East Suburban Catholic Conference All-Conference selection ... served as team co-captain, starting on the right side and seeing action in the back row, where she led the team in digs ... named one of the Chicago Tribune's "Volleyball Players to Watch" in August 2007 ... was a Herald News First-Team All-Area selection ... as a junior, started on the outside, while also providing back row depth as a defensive specialist ... team finished third in the Illinois High School Athletic Association Class AA state tournament at Redbird Arena ... led all players in the state tournament in digs per game, compiling 9.3 per frame ... collected Herald News First-Team All-Area honors ... Joliet Academy's 2008 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... also played soccer ... played club volleyball for Club Fusion/Avalanche and Sports Performance.
Personal Laura Elizabeth Wakefield ... born August 20, 1990 ... daughter of Nancy and Jeffrey Wakefield ... mother received her master's degree from Illinois State ... two brothers (David and Thomas) ... double majoring in elementary and special education ... worked with the Special Olympics at Illinois State over the 2009 summer.