Fusion 17 Red moves to the top of the rankings after strong showing over the weekend

Fusion 17 Red's Gigi Crescenzo and Katie Lanz of St. Charles North The Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division provided a few surprises over the weekend, including Fusion 17 Red’s impressive showing against some of the top 18s teams around.  IL STLHP 18 Elite dropped out of the rankings after finishing 11th at the Northern Lights Qualifier in Omaha., Nebraska. Rolling Thunder 18 Blue is in the spotlight this week. (Week 3 ranking in parenthesis) 18s 1. SPVB (Sports Performance) 18 Elite (1)Note: The serving of libero Grac...

Kloss serves a winner in battle between Power League powerhouses

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Familiarity breeds respect at Great Lakes Power League

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Watch out for the Hitmen! Teamwork, commitment hallmarks of west suburban club

Hitmen 16 Elite setter Andrew Gawrisch of Glenbard West Hitman 18 Elite middle hitter Paxton Kocher of Wheaton North Hitmen 16 Elite middle Bryce Walker of St. Francis There may be no end in sight to the Glenbard West dynasty in Illinois boys’ volleyball. Seven Hilltoppers are currently training with Hitmen 16 Elite. Hitmen VBC, founded in 2011 by Mike Liedtke, the owner and creator of Xcel At...

Lions 15-1 leapfrogs SPVB 15 Elite, Michio Chicago 15 National joins rankings

Michio Chicago 16 National's Camryn Hannah of Marist and Izabela Gorys of Providence. The Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open division provided a few surprises over the weekend, while IL STLHP 18 Elite avenged an earlier loss in the Gateway League only to lose to Rockwood Thunder 18 Mizuno. Cyclones 16 Black is in the spotlight this week.  (Week No. 2 ranking in parenthesis) 18s 1. Sports Performance 18 Elite (1)Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open vs. 1st Alliance 18 Silver at 9:15 a.m. on Court 1 on Saturday, January ...

Second day of 16s Power League is a head-scratcher

Pick your poison. How about Gold Pool B on Court 2? 1st Alliance 16 Black takes down unbeaten Iowa Rockets 16R, then loses to SPVB 15 Elite, which had barely beaten a Sky High Adidas 15 Black team that lost to the Rockets. Or Gold Pool C on Court 3? Lions 15-1 blasts Michio Chicago 15 National, which extends sister club Michio Chicago 16 National to three sets, before losing to Illini Elite 16 Cardinal, which lost to Michio Chicago 16 N...

Second day of 16s Power League is a head-scratcher

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Keefe, Lions 15-1 impress on day one of 16s Power League

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Andy Hein and Pepperdine … together again.

Andy Hein was back in Chicago last weekend ... this time as a coach and recruiter. Andy Hein will turn 34 years old this year. He is still in disbelief. “I was telling my wife last night it feels like I'm still my mid-20s,” said the Illinois high school volleyball legend, national collegiate champion and seven-year member of the U.S. National team. “Time passes too quickly for me, I guess.” Hein was back in Chicago last weekend for the Winter Volleyball Championship at McCormick Place.  “It's always good for me to come back here ...

Fusion 15 Red, Uno Girls 15 Elite join Week No. 2 club rankings

Sky High Adidas 18 Black's Megan (left) and Emily Meyer. Tournaments in Chicago and Milwaukee last weekend provided a few surprises, and some disappointments. This weekend, several ranked teams will be in action at the Great Lakes 16s Power League, while IL STLHP 18 Elite seeks to avenge an earlier loss in the Gateway League. Ultimate G16 Gold is in the spotlight this week.  (Week 1 ranking in parenthesis) 18s 1. Sports Performance 18 Elite (1)Note: Does it get any better than this? Pool B of the Great Lakes Power League 18 Super...