Monday, March 18 results

Addison Trail def. Glenbard North 22-25, 25-23, 25-17 Addison Trail (1-0): Joe Mosny (11 kills, 1 block, 2 aces), Justin Werderitch (10 kills, 3 blocks), Giany Patano (4 kills), Michal Zdanowicz (2 kills, 7 digs, 1 ace), Michael Tulke (8 digs), Enzo Ciacia (6 digs), Billy Vassos (6 digs, 2 aces), Nico Nasti (29 assists). No. 17 Downers Grove North def. Naperville Central 25-14, 25-18 Naperville Central (0-1): Sam Wichhart (8 assists), Nate Rutter (3 kills, 2 digs), Finn Wolfe (3 kills), Carter Stenmark (6 kills, 2 aces). Downers Grove...

Downers Grove North ‘leis’ the hammer down on Naperville Central

Maybe it was the Hawaiian shirts. “It was a good opener for us,” said Downers Grove North’s 6-foot-1 senior outside hitter Griffen Liszka. “Everyone played really well. I think we exceeded our team’s expectations for the first game.” But what about the Hawaiian shirts? “The whole Hawaiian thing is kind of the staple of our team,” he said. “But we usually do things for every match.” If the rest of the season goes as well for No. 17 Downers Grove North as its opener did Monday against visiting Naperville Central, the Trojans m...

The Latest 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com Girls Club Rankings

The Windy City Power League 18/17s Division and the Great Lakes Power League Division I are in the books, and Illinois girls club teams are now focusing on the Mideast Qualifier this weekend in Indianapolis and the JVA World Challenge in Louisville on April 7-9. Meanwhile, here are the latest 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com Girls Club Volleyball Rankings as of March 18. (Previous ranking in parenthesis) 1. SPVB 18 Elite (1) SPVB 18 Elite wrapped up the Great Lakes Power League Division I championship with a 25-16, 25-22,...

Here is Illprepvb.com’s ranking of the top 25 boys volleyball teams in Illinois

Lincoln-Way East was Illprepvb.com’s No. 1 team in the preseason in 2018, and despite a couple of early-season losses, the Griffins carried home the big trophy when the dust settled at Hoffman Estates in June. Will history repeat itself? If you’re a fan of Glenbard West, which had won the previous three IHSA championships, you sure hope so. But teams like Lincoln-Way West, Barrington, Oak Park-River Forest, New Trier and the defending champions hope to have some say in the matter. Here are the top 25 teams in the preseason according t...

Libertyville, St. Charles North have big shoes to fill; Carmel builds around Scott

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Carmel, Fenwick, Grayslake Central, Libertyville and St. Charles North. School: Carmel Conference: East Suburban Catholic Head coach: Kevin Nylen (12th season) Last season’s highlights: 22-12 overall, 5-3 in conference, defeated Stevenson, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22, in regional final, lost to Barrington, 25-20, 25-19, in a sectional semifinal. Top returnees: 6-7 senior outside hitter Mike Scott (154 Kills, .414 hitting efficiency, 37 blocks as...

Here is the Illprepvb.com list of the top 100 boys volleyball players in Illinois

(Photos by Dave Ruggles) Last year, Illprepvb.com put together a list of the top 50 boys players in Illinois. However, the growth of boys’ high school volleyball in Illinois and the explosion of club volleyball made reducing this list to only 50 names almost impossible. Still, there are certain to be a few names left off. But that is why they play the season. Those who have been (inadvertently, I assure you) excluded have nearly three months to ensure that they are not left off any postseason honors roster. So here they are … (with clu...