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Women's Volleyball

Carl Sandburg College's volleyball program has been in existence since 1975. The program has won six Arrowhead Conference championships and has had more than 40 players earn All-Arrowhead Conference honors. Home matches are played in John M. Lewis Gymnasium on the Main Campus in Galesburg.

NJCAA Division II National Tournament
2017, 2018
Arrowhead Conference Champions

1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 2018, 2019
Region IV Tournament Champions
2017, 2018
Region IV Tournament runner-up
1982, 1985, 1987, 2010, 2011, 2016

2019 Volleyball Roster
2019 roster
No. Name Height Pos. Year Hometown/High School
1 Cora Vyhnanek 5-9 S So. Colchester, Ill./West Prairie
2 Mallory Flynn 5-9 OH So. Alexis, Ill./United
3 Tearaney Eads 5-11 OH/M So. Lincoln, Ill./Lincoln
4 Brytne Fenton 5-7 OH Fr. Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg
6 Alivia Alford 5-10 RS Fr. Williamsfield, Ill./Williamsfield
7 Emily Bloomer 5-4 DS So. Burlington, Iowa/Burlington
9 Peyton Bowman 6-3 M So. Sciota, Ill./West Prairie
10 Emily Foster 5-10 M Fr. Williamsfield, Ill./Williamsfield
12 Mackenzie Connell 5-5 S Fr. Monmouth, Ill./Monmouth-Roseville
13 Erin Flairty 5-9 OH Fr. Pekin, Ill./Pekin
14 Julia Vosburgh 5-10 OH/RS So. Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock
15 Olivia Theleritis 5-8 OH/DS Fr. Pekin, Ill./Pekin
20 Kelsey Hobson 5-3 DS Fr. Bartonville, Ill./Limestone
22 Lexi Juergens 5-7 OH Fr. Pekin, Ill./Pekin
24 Annie McKim 5-10 M Fr. Yates City, Ill./Home school


Head coach: Todd Winkler
Assistant coaches: Rachel Secrist, Brea Simkins

2019 Volleyball Schedule

All home matches streamed live on the Sandburg Athletics Facebook page

Overall record: 31-11
Arrowhead Conference: 9-1 (Arrowhead Conference co-champions with Sauk Valley)
Thursday, Aug. 22 6 p.m. #17 Illinois Central East Peoria L, 3-0
Aug. 24-25 McHenry County Invitational Rockford
Friday, Aug. 24 11 a.m. Des Moines Area Court 4W L, 3-2
2:30 p.m. Mott Court 3E W, 3-0
Saturday, Aug. 25 1:30 p.m. Vincennes Court 3E W, 3-1
5 p.m. Madison Court 2W W, 3-0
Wednesday, Sept. 4 6 p.m. Highland* HOME W, 3-1
Tuesday, Sept. 10 6 p.m. Sauk Valley* Dixon W, 3-1
Wednesday, Sept. 11 6 p.m. Lincoln JV Lincoln W, 3-0
Sept. 13-15 Waubonsee Tournament Sugar Grove
Friday, Sept. 13 3 p.m. Moraine Valley Competition Gym L, 3-2
5 p.m. South Suburban Competition Gym W, 3-0
Saturday, Sept. 14 9 a.m. Oakton Competition Gym W, 3-0
1 p.m. McHenry County Fieldhouse Red Court W, 3-0
Sunday, Sept. 15 9 a.m. Morton Competition Gym W, 3-0
11 a.m. Waubonsee Fieldhouse Red Court L, 3-2
Tuesday, Sept. 17 6 p.m. Kishwaukee* HOME W, 3-0
Wednesday, Sept. 18 6:30 p.m. #10 Indian Hills Ottumwa, Iowa L, 3-0
Tuesday, Sept. 24 6 p.m. Illinois Valley* Oglesby W, 3-0
Sept. 28-29 Grand Rapids Tournament Grand Rapids, Mich.
Saturday, Sept. 28 1 p.m. Kalamazoo Valley W, 3-1
5 p.m. Alpena W, 3-0
Sunday, Sept. 29 8 a.m. Mott L, 3-1
10 a.m. Macomb W, 3-0
Tuesday, Oct. 1 6 p.m. Black Hawk* HOME W, 3-0
Thursday, Oct. 3 6 p.m. Highland* Freeport W, 3-0
Oct. 4-5 North Iowa Area Tournament Mason City, Iowa
Friday, Oct. 4 6 p.m. Iowa Lakes West Court W, 3-0
7:30 p.m. Minnesota West East Court W, 3-0
Saturday, Oct. 5 11 a.m. North Iowa Area East Court W, 3-0
12:30 p.m. Grand View JV East Court W, 3-0
Tuesday, Oct. 8 6 p.m. Sauk Valley* HOME L, 3-1
Wednesday, Oct. 9 6 p.m. Lincoln JV HOME W, 3-0
Oct. 11-12 Iowa Central Tournament Fort Dodge, Iowa
Friday, Oct. 11 Noon Williston State W, 3-1
1:45 p.m. #19 Kirkwood W, 3-2
Saturday, Oct. 12 2:15 p.m. St. Louis W, 3-0
4 p.m. #11 Iowa Central L, 3-2
Tuesday, Oct. 15 3 p.m. Spoon River Canton W, 3-0
5 p.m. St. Ambrose JV W, 3-0
Wednesday, Oct. 16 6 p.m. Kishwaukee* Malta W, 3-0
Tuesday, Oct. 22 6 p.m. Illinois Valley* HOME W, 3-0
Oct. 25-26 Parkland Tournament Champaign
Friday, Oct. 25 Noon #1 Parkland L, 3-0
4 p.m. Lake Land L, 3-2
Saturday, Oct. 26 11 a.m. Wabash Valley W, 3-0
3 p.m. Lincoln Land L, 3-2
Tuesday, Oct. 29 6 p.m. Black Hawk* Moline W, 3-0
Nov. 9-10 Region IV Tournament Grayslake
Saturday, Nov. 9 4 p.m. Quarterfinals - Lake County
Sunday, Nov. 10 Noon Semifinals
2:30 p.m. Championship
Nov. 14-16 NJCAA Division II Championship Charleston, WVa.


*Arrowhead Conference

Coaching Staff


Todd Winkler

Head Coach

Todd Winkler has been the Carl Sandburg College volleyball coach since 2003. Under Winkler, the Chargers won their first Region IV tournament championship and advanced to their first NJCAA Division II National Championship in 2017, followed by a repeat Region IV title and national tournament trip in 2018. He's also guided Sandburg to runner-up finishes in the Region IV tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2016. Winkler grew up outside of Alexis and went to Alexis High School and Western Illinois University. He also serves as Sandburg's head softball coach. Winkler lives on his family farm just outside of Alexis. He has two daughters, Kayla and Kelsey.

Rachel Secrist

Assistant Coach

Rachel Secrist has been an assistant with the Chargers since 2013. A 2004 graduate of Alexis High School, Secrist played right side for the Cardinals’ varsity volleyball team for three years and was a starter her junior and senior seasons. She served as the freshman/JV volleyball coach from 2011-12 at Macomb High School. Secrist earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Eastern Illinois University and graduated from EIU in 2009 with a master’s in gerontology. 

Sara Baker

Assistant Coach

The only All-American in Sandburg volleyball history, Sara Baker joined the Chargers’ coaching staff in 2016. A Galesburg High School graduate, Baker played for the Chargers from 2010-11 and was an All-Arrowhead Conference and All-Region IV selection both seasons while also leading the Chargers in kills each year. As a sophomore, she led the team in assists and aces while ranking 21st in the nation in hitting percentage, helping her earn second-team NJCAA Division II All-America honors. Baker continued her career at Illinois-Springfield and appeared in 50 matches over two seasons with the Prairie Stars. She graduated from UIS with a bachelor’s in communications and a master’s in public administration.