The Fenwick High School girls volleyball team features a senior class of 10 players. 5-foot-10 middle blocker Annie Trucco is one of the leaders of the tight-knit group group, which also includes top players like Alysia Beirne, Annie Ryan, Kathleen Carpenter and Kerry Best. Through October 6, Trucco had 84 kills, 53 blocks and 21 aces for the Friars.
Trucco has represented her family as well as the Friars over the past four years. She is the latest in a line of siblings who have excelled athletically at Fenwick. Her older brother, Mike (2011 graduate), played football, basketball and baseball at Fenwick. He’s attending Northwestern and plays baseball for the Wildcats. Her sister, Katie, swam and played lacrosse at Fenwick and graduated in 2009.
Trucco, a River Forest resident, began her volleyball career in sixth grade at St. Luke. As her senior year moves along, she has already become a bit reflective about her high school and hometown.
“I love Fenwick and River Forest so it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye,” Trucco said. “There are so many good people here (at Fenwick) and it’s really prepared me well academically. It’s just a great place with awesome people. Playing volleyball here is really fun.”
Trucco credits the Friars’ success this season to a core group of seniors that have developed together and truly valued the concept of team chemistry.
“We’re very excited this year with our ten seniors coming back,” Trucco said. “It’s really fun to play with these girls because we have really good team chemistry. That’s the most important part of volleyball. Every part of it relies on the person next to you.
“It’s very exciting to be playing out there with some of my best friends. We have a really good time and have a lot of energy.”
With just a handful of regular-season games left on the schedule, the Friars are focused on finishing strong as a precursor to a good run in the playoffs.
“We’d like to win conference, get past regionals and even go beyond that,” Trucco said. “But day by day, we just want to stay focused. That’s what (Fenwick co-captain) Annie (Ryan) and I are trying to do. It’s important we just stay focused in practice and on the court. If we want to do anything in the postseason, we have to keep paying attention to detail.”
Senior teammate Kathleen Carpenter has played with Trucco since their freshmen year. They played club volleyball together that year.
“Playing with Annie is awesome,” Carpenter said. “She’s such a great leader on this team. She was really the one who inspired me to continue playing after my first year with her on the club team. We’re always helping each other out and communicating on the court.”
While Trucco is undecided on what she would like to study in college, she is considering business. Playing volleyball also remains part of her future plans.
“Right now my main focus is getting in to the schools that I’m applying for,” Trucco said. “If I can, I’d love to continue playing volleyball on a club team in college.”