Nazareth adds new face to familiar cast in quest to make run at Class 3A title

Nazareth saw its 2018 season end with a loss to St. Francis in a Class 3A sectional semifinal. Six of seven starters from that team return in 2019. Nazareth Academy has one goal this fall, and that's to finish the job. Nazareth middle hitter and BYU recruit Leilani Dodson Despite many years of success under Wayne Saunders and Melissa Masterson, the Roadrunners have yet to advance to Redbird Arena. Nazareth has only one sectional title (2009) to its credit, and that season ended with a 13-25, 25-15, 25-13 loss to Crystal Lake Central ...

A step up in class will challenge St. Thomas More, new coach

Alabama recruit Allie Trame is the only senior who will take the floor this fall for St. Thomas More, which was bumped up to Class 3A by the IHSA's "success factor." (Photo by Dave Ruggles) St. Thomas More's Allie Trame pounded down 17 kills in the 2018 Class 3A third-place match. New coach. New class. Pretty much the same cast. Founded in the fall of 2000 with an enrollment of 18 students, (Champaign) St. Thomas More has recently established itself as a powerhouse in Illinois high school girls’ volleyball. In 2017, the Sabres ...

Lincoln-Way East, Sandburg looking beyond Velocity Summer League title tilt

Lincoln-Way East and Sandburg, which met for the Velocity Summer League title Thursday, should be among the top teams in the south suburbs this fall. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comThere were times at the end of last season that Lincoln-Way East had five sophomores on the floor.The Griffins took some lumps with the youth movement, finishing the season 18-19. It was their first losing record since 2009 and the first losing season for coach Kris Fiore. But if its performance during the summer is any indication, Lincoln-Way East won't ...

Joliet Catholic armed and ready to challenge Sterling, rugged Class 3A field

Led by Bella Ray (14) and Jillian Gray (4), Joliet Catholic is eager to improve upon last year's third-place finish in the Class 3A tournament. (Photos by Dave Ruggles). Three state titles. Three runner-up finishes. Third-place finishes in 2006 and 2018. A fourth-place trophy in 2005. More than 560 wins during the head coach Chris Scheibe’s 19-year tenure. Joliet Catholic has been a preeminent player in IHSA girls volleyball since Allie Quigley & Co. defeated Barrington and former U.S. national volleyball team member Nellie Spicer for ...

Chicago Christian, Joliet West looking to make long tournament runs in 2019

Chicago Christian, which finished 9-2 and in third place at the UNO Summer League, hopes to return to the top of the Class 2A world in 2019. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comA decade ago, the Chicago Christian girls’ volleyball team was on top of the world.With seven seniors back from last season’s Class  2A sectional final squad, the Knights hope to get back there in 2019.Chicago Christian has certainly showed this summer that it’s capable of getting back to Redbird Arena. The Knights tuned up for the upcoming fall campaign by g...

Way-too-early look at some of the best girls’ volleyball players in Classes 1A-4A

There are hundreds of extremely talented girls' volleyball players in Illinois, but here is a place to start when listing some of the best of the best. More food for thought...The 2019 Illinois high school girls volleyball season doesn’t officially kick off until the first day of practice on August 12, but it’s never too early to list some of the best players in each class. Here is an early look at some of the best girls in Classes 1A-4A who you should hear -- and read -- a lot about this season. Plainfield Central's Taylor Landfair. ...

LaSalle-Peru’s Haberkorn chasing history, Olson chasing elusive super berth

LaSalle-Peru has been one of the state's best Class 3A volleyball programs during Mark Haberkorn's 29 years at the helm and looks to continue that success in 2019. LaSalle-Peru's (from left) Kamryn Olson, Anna Quesse and Arika Richardson. A few years ago, someone asked LaSalle-Peru’s Mark Haberkorn when he was going to retire from coaching. Now they ask him if he’s going to stick around until he picks up win No. 1,000. “It’s funny,” he said. “You win 900, and all of a sudden the conversation switches.” Haberkorn, 68, who retired from tea...