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The Mother McAuley Varsity Volleyball team had an exciting season and road to state, finishing with a 35-7 record and Silver Medals at the IHSA State Championship Game on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Leading up to the State Championship at Redbird Arena, the varsity team had intense sectional and supersectional games against Whitney Young, Marist, and Willowbrook, all ending in victories for the Mighty Macs! Each game was filled with excited fans decked out head to toe in creative themes provided by our well-known Varsity Club. Themes included Mac Dynasty, Victory... it’s in our Jeans, and Mac Out as our students brought out their best costumes to cheer on the Macs!

The entire McAuley community is so proud of our Varsity Volleyball team for an incredible season, for their teamwork and sportsmanship, and dedication to our program!

A special thanks to the group of dedicated coaches: Head Coach, Jen Rees DeJarld ‘87; Assistant Coach, Meg Griffin Gardner ‘99; and JV Coaches, Kristyn Corley Carmody ‘01 and Desiree Aramburu ‘09. Thank you to our team managers Maura Reidy ‘23 and Mia Miceli '23 for supporting our team every step of the way!

Throughout the season many of our players received awards and accolades.


Team Roster

Paige Bonnett '22
Peyton Brokemond '22
Samantha Falk '24
Mary Hannon '23
Tess Hayes '23
Heather Jiricek '22
Olivia Klapp '23
Georgia Lausch '23
Caroline Macander '22
Katie Maloney '22
Jillian Moonan '23
Maeve Moonan '23
Gigi Navarrete '23
Keira Ohse '24
Mary Kate Sheehan '23
Ellie White '24
Grace White '22
Najwa Williams '23

Ellie White '24

-Player of the Year - Southtown Star
-GCAC All Conference
-All tournament: Asics Challenge; Autumnfest; Metea Valley
-Southtown All Area - 1st Team
-IVCA All State
-#1 in State for kills


-Southtown All Area - Honorable Mention

Caroline Macander '22

-GCAC All Conference
-All tournament: Metea Valley
-Southtown All Area - 1st team
-Jimmy Griffin Award Winner
-Team MVP
-IVCA All State


-Southtown All Area - Honorable Mention


-GCAC All Conference
-Autumnfest MVP
-Southtown All Area - 1st team
-Northwestern University commit
-Reached 1,000 career dig milestone
-IVCA All State


-GCAC All Conference
-All Area - 2nd team
-Team MIP



Congratulations to our Mighty Macs who signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the college level.

Top row, left to right:

Isabella Finnegan ‘22, Basketball
Indiana State

Alyssa Grant ‘22, Lacrosse
Saint Mary’s College

Heather Jiricek ‘22, Volleyball
South Dakota Mines

Bottom row, left to right:

Rosie Nolan ‘22, Lacrosse
Carthage College

Aaliyah Walker ‘22, Softball
Davenport University 

Kate Worthy ‘22, Volleyball
Olivet Nazarene University


We are MIGHTY proud of our Soccer Team for being awarded the 2021 Girls Soccer Sportsmanship Award by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association! Coached by Jenna Ryan '05 and Megan McCauley '12, our Mighty Macs were nominated and voted on by other Illinois soccer coaches to win this award! 


Congratulations to our Varsity Cross Country girls for getting 3rd place at the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference and 3rd place at sectionals!

Qualified for sectionals: 

  • Nora Enright ‘24
  • Lily Coakley ‘23
  • Heather Wagner ‘22
  • Gabi Hynes ‘23
  • Agnes Signorelli ‘24
  • Mary Kate Carey ‘22
  • Ellie Barron ‘24
  • Gianna Kmak ‘22


All Conference player

Veronica Kirsch ‘23

Qualified for sectionals

  • Veronica Kirsch ‘23
  • Abbey Ellerbeck ‘23
  • Elish Flynn ‘24
  • Caitlin McDonagh ‘23
  • Phelan Haggerty ‘23


JV Tennis took 1st at the Marian Catholic Round Robin Doubles Tournament!

Congratulations to Maddy McNamara ‘23 and Mairead Doran ‘23, our Mighty Mac Tennis doubles team, for qualifying for State!


Congratulations to Abby Manos ‘22 (right) and Bree Burns ‘24 (left) on placing 1st and 3rd at the diving sectional meet! Abby Manos went on to compete at State, and placed 19th! Abby is the GCAC Dive Champion and Diver of the Year! Congratulations to our swimmers on a 4th place finish at sectionals!


Basketball season is underway! Congratulations to Isabella Finnegan ‘22 and Morgan Feil ‘24 for making the All Tournament Team at the Bison Classic Thanksgiving Tournament!


Congratulations to Kira Jacobsen ‘24 and Shannon Parks ‘22 for being named 2021 American Water Polo Scholar Athletes! To receive the award, student-athletes must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and have competed in an American Water Polo event, league or tournament during the season.


Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is pleased to announce that Mighty Mac swimmer and water polo player, Elizabeth McNicholas ’21, of Mount Greenwood, has been named to the 2021 IHSA All-State Academic Team. McNicholas is one of only 26 members statewide, including 13 women, to earn this distinction. The team was announced in a video message by IHSA Assistant Executive Director, Stacey Lambert.

“I’m really humbled to have been named to the team,” says McNicholas. “It allows me to realize what I have accomplished and what I still want to do in regards to sports and academics, and motivates me to keep working hard to achieve these goals.”

“It’s inspiring to see Elizabeth rewarded for her drive and determination, both in the classroom and in the pool,” says Mrs. Laurie Jakubczak, Mother McAuley athletic director. “She is a great representative of our outstanding athletic program and McAuley’s legacy of producing award-winning student-athletes.”

At McAuley, Elizabeth earned the Sister Agatha O’Brien scholarship, which is awarded to students who test in the top five percent on the High School Placement Test.  She is a member of the National Honors Society and the Catherine McAuley Honors Scholars, McAuley’s program to recognize superior academic achievement.

Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student to be a part of this prestigious team. Nominees must possess a minimum 3.50 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, have participated in at least two IHSA sponsored activities during each of the last two years of high school and demonstrated outstanding citizenship. Given the changes to the high school sports and activities schedule caused by the pandemic, students remained eligible for All-State Academic Team if they had planned to participate in their sport or activity.

"Presenting this amazing group of students is always one of the highlights of the school year,” said Lambert. "However, it takes on an even more special meaning given the challenges these young people have faced over the past year. They embody the IHSA’s mission, excelling in the classroom, in addition to the multiple sports and activities that they participate in. It really is an accomplishment just to be nominated for this award, so we commend them for their resiliency in sticking with both their studies and extracurriculars as best as possible during the unprecedented events of the last year.”

The nominations were evaluated by a committee made up of IHSA principals, athletic directors and activities directors. One male winner and one female winner from each of the seven IHSA Board of Directors Divisions were selected initially, while the final 12 spots on the team were then rounded out with at-large candidates from anywhere in the state.

Honorees are traditionally celebrated at a banquet in Bloomington, however, a virtual program is currently in the works for this spring.