Epic United Volleyball is a ‘hidden’ gem nestled along the Illinois/Indiana border

Epic United draws girls from throughout southeast Cook County in Illinois and northwest Lake County in Indiana. Tucked away in the southeast corner of Cook County and the northwest part of Lake County Indiana is a little gem of a volleyball club – Epic United Volleyball. “We like to call ourselves the ‘hidden’ club,” said co-owner, coach and club director Ryan Summers.Epic United Volleyball is a combination of the old Altitude Volleyball and Diamond Elite Volleyball Academy. The 2013 merger was an effort to provide area players and parents...

Illini Elite gets ready for 2019 campaign with new facility, loads of young talent

Illini Elite recently moved into its new 34,000-square-foot facility in downstate Bloomington. When lllini Elite Volleyball Club in downstate Bloomington opened its doors in 1998, 13 girls showed up for tryouts. Today, the club’s programs have grown to include more than 60 teams with more than 650 players and coaches. It is now one of the largest volleyball clubs in Illinois by membership and is widely regarded as the premier volleyball club in central Illinois. Reflecting that success and to accommodate its growth, last month the club...

VC United begins its second year with great expectations, opportunities

VC United, led by former Club Fusion coach Eric Schulze (far right), is providing an opportunity for Rockford-area volleyball players to get to the next level. VC United executive director/owner Eric Schulze isn’t looking to build VC United in to a “mega-club,” just an “elite” one. “We want be among the nation’s elite clubs,” said Schulze, a fixture in the Illinois club and high school scene for two decades. “I believe that were capable of doing it out here with the athletes who are in Rockford and to the south and the west of us. ...

Sports Performance 18 Elite preparing for run at another national title

Six-foot-6 Taylor Landfair (back row, middle) and SPVB 18 Elite are seeking the club's sixth AAU championship in seven years in the 18 Open division. Dynasties.Michael Jordan’s Bulls. Magic Johnson’s L.A. Lakers. The 1957-66 Boston Celtics. Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. The New York Yankees (pick your favorite decade). The UCLA Bruins under John Wooden. The NHL’s Montreal Canadiens (1953-1979).  Somewhere in there, you can add Sports Performance’s 18 Elite volleyball team.The Aurora-based club’s 18 Elite team won eight USAV 18 O...

Where are Illinois’ top volleyball recruits heading?

Batavia outside hitter Maddy Boyer recently signed her national letter of intent to play at Valparaiso. Class of 2019Loren Alberts, 5-10, OH/MB, Batavia/Club Fusion, Daemen UniversityLeah Anderson, 5-11, OH, Bloomington/Illini Elite VBC, University of Southern IndianaCarley Baughman, 5-11, MH, Normal West/Illini Elite VBC, Robert Morris UniversityEmma Baxter, 5-5, L, Joliet West, Clarkson University (New York) Nicki Bechtold, 5-9, OH, Lincoln-Way East/Ultimate Volleyball Club, Valparaiso UniversityRaeann Bergman, 6-4, MB, Stockton/VC Unite...