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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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Seven Teams Earn NCAA APP Public Recognition
W. Volleyball | 5/16/2018
Virginia Athletics had seven teams earn Public Recognition for academic excellence after scoring ...
Volleyball Adds Outside Hitter Christine Jarman
W. Volleyball | 4/13/2018
Alabama transfer Christine Jarman joins Virginia after posting 249 kills, 189 digs as a freshman.
Virginia Volleyball Sets Spring Schedule
W. Volleyball | 3/7/2018
Cavaliers will play four spring tournaments, including hosting James Madison, George Mason and...
Nikki Dailey Named Assistant Volleyball Coach
W. Volleyball | 2/14/2018
Dailey joins volleyball staff after stints at Tennessee and East Tennessee State.
Billiard Named to All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team
W. Volleyball | 1/31/2018
Freshman Sarah Billiard adds All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team recognition to her All-ACC Freshman...
Virginia Volleyball Adds Kristen Leland
W. Volleyball | 1/29/2018
Dallas area standout Kristen Leland joins Virginia Volleyball class of 2018.
Sarah Billiard Named to ACC All-Freshman Team
W. Volleyball | 11/27/2017
Virginia volleyball outside hitter Sarah Billiard (Matthews, N.C.) was named to the ACC All-Fresh...
Virginia Closes Season with 3-0 Loss to Pitt
W. Volleyball | 11/25/2017
The Virginia volleyball team dropped its season finale 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-19) to Pitt on...
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