DeKalb senior setter Courtney Thomas joined other elite girls volleyball players at Moraine Valley Community College on Monday for the SportsTownChicago.com All-Star Game and finished with eight kills, an ace and 10 assists for Team White, which lost to Team Pink, 25-23, 12-25, 23-25, 26-24, 9-15, in the inaugural event.
All proceeds from the seniors-only event benefit the A Silver Lining Foundation, which provides free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women. The 36 players were given pink T-shirts and plaques to commemorate the accomplishment.
Thomas was one of four setters on Team White, and alternated between right side hitter and setter. She played four of the five sets, starting sets two, four and five. She was the only Barbs player represented.
"It was a lot of fun," Thomas said. "Once we figured out how everyone plays we made some adjustments and it was fine from there. We figured, 'Let's just have fun.'"
Thomas' soon-to-be teammate, fellow Wisconsin recruit, Ellen Chapman of Glenbrook South, was on the other side of the net and Thomas said she is excited to set for her next year with the Badgers.
And it was sad to wear the Barbs jersey for the final time, she said.
"I had one more time in it, and it is kinda sad. Now it's all over."