Coach Braden on Gagnon:
"Julie has an incredible energy and work ethic. She'll get in the trenches and do whatever it takes to help this team win. She has a 'bring it on' attitude and is physically up to the challenge."
High School: Was named All-State by the Illinois High School Athletics Association in 2002 and earned All-Tournament team honors after leading her team to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament... Was unanimously named All-Conference in 2001 and 2002... Was recognized as the 2002 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year... Was a Chicago Tribune All-State honorable mention as a junior and a senior... Was named Defensive Player of the Year for her team as a senior as well as Best Digger, Best Passer and Best Hitter as a junior and a senior... Played high school volleyball for Bill Schreier... Played club volleyball at West Suburban Volleyball Club under Coach April Carroll... Also was named Scholastic All-Conference.
Personal: Daughter of Bob and Heidi Gagnon... Born Sept. 28, 1984 in LaGrange, Ill....Has an older sister, Jacqueline (20), and two younger sisters, Megan (16) and Morgan (5).