Illprepvb.com announces 2019 Player, Team, Coach of the Year and First Team All-State

Huntley's Taylor Jakubowski, who concluded her stellar four-year varsity career as Illinois' second all-time assist leader, is the 2019 Illprepvb.com Player of the Year. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, we are pleased to announce the Illprepvb.com 2019 Girls First Team All-State Volleyball Team, our Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Team of the Year. Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to the Illprepvb.com all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom...

Sterling’s Rodriguez, WW South’s Meyer head Illprepvb.com All-State Second Team

Sterling junior Lexi Rodriguez, a Nebraska recruit, assumed an expanded role as libero and setter to help lead the Golden Warriors to a second consecutive IHSA Class 3A championship. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, we continue to announce the Illprepvb.com 2019 Girls All-State Volleyball Team with those players named to the Second Team. Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to the Illprepvb.com all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom as high school stu...

Sterling makes itself at home against Nazareth; Joliet Catholic downs U-High

Sterling's Brooklyn Borum smashes one of her 12 kills past the block of Nazareth's Izzy Decker (3) and Danielle Wojtycki (8). (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.com NORMAL – The Borum twins felt right at home Friday at Redbird Arena.That showed as they led Sterling back to the IHSA Class 3A championship match.The Borums combined to bang home 19 kills as the defending state champion Golden Warriors defeated Nazareth, 25-18, 25-19, in the first 3A semifinal at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University...

Marist’s Arundel, St. Teresa’s Huck head Illprepvb.com All-State Third Team

Maddie Arundel was among Marist's leaders in almost every statistical category. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, we continue to announce the Illprepvb.com 2019 Girls All-State Volleyball Team with those players named to the Third Team. Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to the Illprepvb.com all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom as high school student-athletes, not on any future potential or current recruitment status. Players represent all four IHS...

Friday, November 15 results

Friday, November 15 IHSA semifinalsAt Redbird Arena Class 1A Newark def. Athens 25-20, 25-14Athens (30-6 overall): Morghan Kerwin (15 assists), Mckayla Clark (2 kills), Caroline Lendy (9 kills, 4 digs), Adrien Barrett (7 kills, 7 digs), Sophia Chavis (2 kills, 1 block), Ashlyn Weatherford (5 assists).   Newark (40-2): Taylor Christian (32 assists, 4 digs), Mattie Chapman (3 kills, 1 dig), Cassidy Adams (5 digs), Naomi Sweeney (1 kill, 2 digs), Madi Malone (23 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs), Morgan Long (1 kill), Megan Williams (7 kills, 1 dig), Meggie...

Mater Dei win is a rocky horror; St. Teresa, Newark, Illini Bluffs gain title games

Rockford Lutheran's Lauren Spangler hits against the block of St. Teresa's Addison Newbon (35) and Valerie Nutakor (25). (Photo by Dave Ruggles) NORMAL – Breese Mater Dei coach Chad Rakers didn’t have time to think about what went right. “I’m still thinking about all the things we have to fix (before tomorrow),” he said. The first thing, he said, is nerves. “This can be a big, scary place at times,” he said. It was almost a chamber of horrors for his Knights. Breese Mater Dei watched St. Joseph-Ogden erase an 18-11 deficit in Game 2, the...

IHSA finals preview: who will raise a championship trophy this weekend?

Camryn Hannah (6) and her Marist teammates will go for their third consecutive Class 4A championship this weekend at Redbird Arena. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Wheaton Warrenville South’s Bill Schreier has won more state titles than any other Illinois volleyball coach … on the boys’ side.But the veteran coach has not taken a girls’ team to the IHSA semifinals since 2002, when the Tigers finished fourth. That changed last Friday when Wheaton Warrenville South (32-8) overcame deficits of 8-2 in Game 1 and 18-10 and 21-13 in Game 2 to defeat Huntl...

Friday, November 8 results

Friday, November 8 resultsAt Freeport AquinNewark def. Dakota 25-23, 25-12Newark (39-2 overall): Madi Malone (19 kills, 10 digs, 2 blocks), Taylor Christian (22 assists), Mattie Chapman (3 blocks), Megan Williams (4 kills, 1 block), Naomi Sweeney (1 kill, 7 digs), Meggie Scott (17 digs). At Hinsdale SouthJoliet Catholic d. De La Salle 25-15, 25-20Joliet Catholic (25-15 overall): Jillian Gray (9 kills, 6 digs), Bella Ray (6 kills, 3 block kills), Riley Hungate (5 kills, 8 digs), Ryan Hinshaw (16 assists, 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill), Erin O...

Decker, Hurta punch Nazareth’s first-ever ticket to IHSA semifinals

Izzy Decker (3) had 14 kills to help lead Nazareth over St. Francis in a Class 3A supersectional Friday in Wheaton. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.com Nazareth is going to state. It’s going to take a little while for that to sink in. The Roadrunners advanced to the IHSA semifinals for the first time in school history by knocking off St. Francis, 25-19, 25-21, Friday to win the Class 3A supersectional in Wheaton. Nazareth (27-7) will play Sterling at 4:00 p.m. next Friday at Redbird Arena in Normal. “It feels unr...

M-R’s Gillen, BHRA’s Meidel head 2019 Girls All-State Honorable Mention Team

Joliet Catholic's Bella Ray (left) led the Angels to a second-place finish in Class 3A. (Photo by Dave Ruggles). Today, we continue to announce the Illprepvb.com 2019 Girls All-State Volleyball Team with those players named Honorable Mention. Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to the Illprepvb.com all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom as high school student-athletes, not on any future potential or current recruitment status. Players represent all...