Seniors Leah Butler and Morgan Cochran played in their last match in the Ramsey Center
Rondone, a 5-8 libero from Bloomington, Ill., was a three-year member of the varsity volleyball team at Central Catholic High School. Serving as a team captain for her senior year, she was a unanimous selection to the first team Corn Belt All-Conference team as well as named team MVP. During her final season, she garnered accolades such as all-tournament team and was tabbed the WJBC McLean County High School Athlete of the Week on October 24. Last season, PrepVolleyball.com named Rondone to its Top 48 Defensive Dandies, or Dandy Lions, meaning she has excelled at every position on the court. In 2004, Rondone led the Bloomington/Normal Intercity in digs with 269, averaging 3.4 per game as a right side hitter. She also was lethal with her jump serve, recording 161 service points with 54 aces. In addition to volleyball, Rondone also played high school softball both as a freshman and sophomore.
During the off-season, Rondone played for the Illini Elite volleyball club team each of the past three seasons, posting a second-place finish in the GLC Pre-National tournament in 2004 and five, third-place showings since 2003. Last year, Rondone and her teammates finished third in the Asics Junior National Volleyball Championship in Chicago and also finished as the second runner-up in the Junior Olympic National Volleyball Championship National Division.
Rondone also excels in the classroom, boasting a 3.8 grade point average while standing in the top quarter of her senior class. She is a three-year member of the National Honor Society, while also serving as an officer of both the Writer's and Art Clubs since 2004.
"Lizzy impressed me the first time I watched her play," said Dragan. "As a libero, she has a natural instinct, reads the hitters well and easily moves to the ball. Lizzy is scrappy as well; she makes pursuing a ball look effortless. Her club team has also prepared her to compete early at the collegiate level and I know she will immediately help our serve receive and defense."\