Name: Kyla Lannert
School: St. Charles North, senior
Why she was selected: Lannert had 10 kills to lead the North Stars past Geneva in the Class 4A Geneva Regional championship game. Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson caught up with Lannert to discuss her high school volleyball career and more. Below is an edited transcript.
Bartelson: What will be your favorite volleyball memory after your time in the program?
Lannert: My favorite memory is definitely us winning regionals this year. This team was one of the best I’ve been a part of solely because of the fact that we really relied on each other and our work ethic when the odds were stacked against us. It was really cool to prove everyone wrong and celebrate with our student section after that regional final.
Bartelson: What makes being a soon-to-be alum of the program so special?
Lannert: To me, it is definitely an honor to have been a part of such an amazing program for four years. [Coach Lindsey] Hawkins does a great job of developing us not only as players, but as human beings as well. Being honest, these four years were a roller coaster for me, but through all the highs and lows, I know in the end it has helped me learn and grow so much.
Bartelson: I’m sure you could cite a number of teammates, but which one or two really grew in your eyes this season?
Lannert: Everyone on the team honestly grew so much, but I am specifically so proud of the sophomores – Riley Moreno, Marissa Guajardo and Mia Dela Merced – because they definitely stepped up in some really big moments for us this year. To see where they were at the start to the level they’re playing at now makes me super excited for them and the future of the program.
Bartelson: Obviously, your collegiate career at the New Jersey Institute of Technology is still upcoming. How excited are you for the next chapter?
Lannert: Although I’m sad to end this part of my volleyball career, I am definitely stoked to go out east next fall. The school has a lot of what I’m looking for in the new coaching staff, academics and campus. We have a lot of good recruits coming in and I’m excited to compete in the ASUN conference and get to play against some great competition.