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5 Tara Hester
Tara  Hester

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Naperville, Ill.

High School:
Naperville Central

Height:
5-11

Position:
Outside Hitter

Club:
Sports Performance Volleyball Club

Worth Noting--Has the skills and experience to see time across the front or back row this fall.

High School- Listed among PrepVolleyball.com's 21 finalists for 2005 National Senior of the Year and was named a High School All-American by PrepVolleyball ... four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for Naperville Central High School ... holds Naperville Central's all-time kills record with 1,315 ... ranked ninth in Illinois state history in kills and is the 13th player in state history to tally 500 kills in a single season ... had 507 kills in 2005 and added 284 digs, 29 blocks and 28 service aces ... a three-time (2003, 2004, 2005) Daily Herald All-Area and Naperville Sun All-City First Team selection ... earned DuPage Valley All-Conference honors the same three seasons and was a unanimous pick in 2004 and 2005 ... a Gazette (Champaign, Ill.) All-State First Team selection in 2004 and 2005 and the Player of the Year in 2005 ... also a 2004 and 2005 Chicago Sun Times First Team All-Area pick ... named to the Chicago Tribune's 2005 All-State First Team ... helped lead Naperville Central to the 2005 Illinois Class AA State Championship as well as the 2005 DuPage Valley Conference title ... received All-Tournament team honors at the St. Charles East Mizuno Cup in 2005 and the Glenbard East Autumn Fest in 2004 and 2005 ... a three-time DuPage Valley Conference All-Academic Team selection and is a two-year member of the National Honor Society ... Illinois State Scholar Award (top ten percent in state) ... a high honor roll student all eight semesters ... has played for the Sports Performance Volleyball Club the past three years ... served as a co-captain in 2006 ... led Sports Performance to third-places finishes at the 2006 AAU and USAVB National tournaments ... team won the 18-Open USAVB National Tournament in 2005 as well as the 18-year old division at 2005 AAU Nationals ... selected as a 2004 AAU All-American after helping Sports Performance to first place in the 16-year old division.

Personal- Daughter of Jane and Rex Hester ... born 4/16/88 in Naperville, Ill. ... has two older brothers ... father played basketball at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa ... enjoys reading, movies, musicals and cooking ... volunteers at a local food pantry Loaves and Fishes ... also tutors junior high students.

Why Tara chose UVa- "I chose Virginia because the Grounds are beautiful, and the great combination of athletics and academics really appealed to me."

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