Cyclones storm to 18/17 Club title at President’s Day; Triple Ace ties for third

Cyclones 17 Black Adidas (pictured here against Rolling Thunder 18 Blue), went 3-6 and finished 34th in the 18/17 Club division. Rolling Thunder went 4-4 and finished 11th. Photo by Dave Ruggles When Cyclones 18 Black Adidas took the court two weeks ago, the Plainfield-based club dropped two of its final three matches at the Windy City Power League, including a 25-12, 25-11 debacle against Epic United 18 Elite ROX. “We had a rough weekend,” said Cyclones 18 Black Adidas’ 5-foot-7 middle hitter Madilynn Mueller from Kaneland. “So we've ...

SPVB 18 Blue, Triple Ace 18 Black seeking President’s Day 18/17 Club division gold

Photos by Dave Ruggles By Randy Whalen Special to Illlprepvb.com It was a clean sweep for the SPVB 18 Blue team as it won all three matches Sunday at the President’s Day Tournament hosted by Sports Performance Volleyball Club at the Schaumburg Convention Center. SPVB 18 Blue advanced to Gold Pool A on Monday and is one of six teams remaining in contention for the 18/17 Club division crown. That's right where the team expected to be. “I feel like our team is super strong,” said 5-foot-10 outside/rightside hitter Kenzie Duggan from P...

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

  Club 1 Volleyball Club out of Plainfield, Illinois, sent its four top teams to compete in the 19 Nike President’s Day Classic in St. Louis, Missouri, last weekend. Club 1 17 Skronkstrong (pictured above) finished first in the 17 Premier division, Club 1 16 Skronkstrong took third in the 16 Premier division, Club 1 18 Skronkstrong placed fifth in the 18 Club division and Club 1 15 Skronkstrong took ninth place in the 15 Club division. The President’s Day tournaments are in the books, and the power leagues are ready to resume...

18/17 Club division takes center stage at President’s Day tournament

Photos by Dave Ruggles Balance 18’s was a little off kilter early Saturday morning in its President’s Day 18/17 Club division tournament opener at the Schaumburg Convention Center. “This is only our second tournament together,” said Balance 18’s libero Mia Roffolo from Barrington. “This is a fairly new team. There are only three returning players from last year, so I think we’re still clicking together. “We started off a little slow, but I think we made up for it pretty fast and we came back stronger,” said the University of Connecticu...

Illinois boys club teams head to St. Louis this weekend with seeding, bids at stake

The last hurrah. This weekend’s 19 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic at the America Center in St. Louis, Missouri, is the final tournament of the season for boys’ club teams in Illinois before they break for the spring high school season. For some teams – like Ultimate B18 Gold, UNO Boys 18 Elite, SPVB B18 Elite, Chicago Bounce 17 Red, SPVB B18 Lenny, SPVB B16 Elite and SPVB B15 Elite – it’s an opportunity to solidify their seeding at the USA Boys Junior National Championships June 30-July 7 in Dallas, Texas. For other teams -- like A...

SPVB 16 Elite wins B16-Palos Point Series, sets sights on USAV nationals

Hitmen 16 Elite defeated Serve City 16 National Sunday to finish second overall in the B16-Palos Point Series. Don’t stop now boys. SPVB 16 Elite defeated MVC 16-Jon, 22-25, 25-11, 15-9, in the championship match of Bracket AA of the B16-Palos Point Series #4 Sunday at Palos Courts in Palos Heights to wrap up the overall series title. But it’s just one step in what SPVB 16 Elite hopes will be an appearance atop the final standings at the USA Boys Junior National Championships, June 30-July 7, in Dallas, Texas. “We have milestone...

SPVB stops Ultimate run as B16-Palos Point Series #4 heads into final day

Serve City 16 National (above) finished fourth in Bracket A Saturday at the B16-Palos Courts Points Series #4. Ultimate B16 Gold knocked off No. 2 Hitmen 16 Elite and No. 3 Serve City 16 National, and No. 4 Bounce 16 Red leapfrogged Serve City by winning the third-place match, but SPVB 16 Elite remained the top dog after the penultimate day of the B16-Palos Points Series #4 Saturday in Palos Heights. Ultimate B16 Gold, seeded No. 7 in Bracket A on Saturday, defeated Hitmen 16 Elite, 25-18, 25-19, and Serve City 16 National, 25-17,...

Adversity G16 Adidas displays confidence at Windy City Power League

Photos by Dave Ruggles   Adversity G16 Adidas coach Melissa Masterson wanted to see a little more confidence from her team when the Windy City Power League moved into its second weekend of play Saturday at the 1st Alliance Training Center in Woodridge. “They kind of come out quiet,” she said. “They can let teams get on some runs. I don't think they realize how good they can be. We’ve been working on our confidence, serving strong, and realizing they’re talented enough to compete with these 17- and 18-year-old teams.” Confid...

Big-time, small-school talent on display at Great Lakes Power League

Photos by Dave Ruggles To paraphrase Jack Black’s character Carl Denham in the movie “King Kong,” tiny Durand High School’s 5-foot-7 outside hitter McKenzie Damon “has always been queen of her world.” However, Damon, who played at Club Fusion in Marengo for four years then spent one year with Big Dog Volleyball Club out of Durand in northwestern Illinois, is experiencing a different world of volleyball while playing for VC United Volleyball Club out of Rockford. Sunday during the Great Lakes Power League Division I in Aurora, Damon wen...