Belvidere North senior volleyball player Bailey Neiber is our OSF St. Anthony's Athlete of the Week. It's been an emotional time for Neiber over the past few years. She lost her dad to a battle with lung cancer last year. On the first anniversary of his death, Neiber played a huge game to help Belvidere North beat Hononegah.
"It was very special because it's been a year," Neiber said. "I wanted to win that game really badly so we could stay first in conference."
North is in a three-way tie with Boylan and Guilford for the conference title with one game to play.
Neiber's positive attitude in the face of adversity helped set the tone for this season.
She really inspired everyone to stay up and have good days everyday, and to be happy and use volleyball as your outlet," fellow North senior Elise Rand said.
Belvidere North takes on Boylan in the NIC-10 finale Thursday night. The winner gets at least a share of a conference title.