Here are the latest Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com Boys 15-18 Club Rankings

Grayson Juel (58) and his UNO Boys 18 Elite teammates battled their way to the 18 Open division Gold bracket quarterfinals at last weekend's Winter Volleyball Championship at McCormick Place. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) The 2020 Boys Winter Volleyball Championship at McCormick Place last weekend was a boon for some and a nightmare for others. Despite earning several bids, Illinois teams came away with only two championships in the 15-and-over divisions – SPVB B18 Lenny in 18 USA and SPVB B16 Alpha in 16 USA. Ultimate B14 Gold did win t...

Future falls short against Rockstar in 18 Open championship at McCormick Place

Future 18 Elite and Ben Harrington (11) of Glenbard West advanced to the Boys 18 Open championship match of the Winter Volleyball Championship Monday at McCormick PLace before falling to Team Rockstar 18 Rockstar from California. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Future 18 Elite was Chicago’s last hope to win the 18 Open division at the 2020 Boys Winter Volleyball Championship Monday at McCormick Place.But like Sports Performance and Chicago Bounce before them, Future had no answer for Sam Collins and top-seeded Team Rockstar 18 Rockstar (Carson,...

Bounce, UNO 18s clinch bids; SPVB drops heartbreaker at Winter Volleyball Championship

Future 18 Elite and Chicago Bounce 18 Red punched their tickets to Reno and the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships by going 3-0 Sunday at the 2020 Boys Winter Volleyball Championship at McCormick Place. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) UNO Boys 18 Elite's Evan Faifer (Minooka) helped secure a bid for his team, which defeated Pipeline 18-1 early Sunday at McCormick Place. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Chicago Bounce 18 Red lived on the edge Sunday at the 2020 Boys Winter Volleyball Championship at McCormick Place.So far, the formula is...

Loss muddies Future's future; Bounce, SPVB, UNO 18s unbeaten after Day One at Winter Volleyball Championship

Saturday's opening round of pool play at the 2020 Boys Winter Volleyball Championship at McCormick Place was a mixed bag for the locals, with No. 3 seed Future 18 Elite dropping its 18 Open pool finale and SPVB B18 Lenny going unbeaten in the 18 USA division. Future 18 Elite, which earned a bid to the 2020 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships in Reno this summer by finishing fifth last weekend in California, had its sight set on winning the 2020 Boys Winter Volleyball Championship at McCormick Place this weekend.“We’re here...

Presenting the first Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com 2020 Girls Club Rankings

The girls' club season is well underway and it's time to sort of who's who among the best in Illinois for 2020. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) The Windy City Power League is underway and the 2020 girls club season is kicking into high gear.SPVB 18 Elite, Michio Chicago 17 National, SPVB 16 Elite and Lions 15-1 topped the 2019 final club rankings, and all four – despite the obvious personnel changes – are among the top five teams in their age groups heading into the 2020 campaign.So here they are, the initial 2020 Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com ...

Some movement in latest Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com Boys 16s, 15s Club Rankings

Despite dropping its first match of the weekend Saturday at the B16-Palos Point Series #4, SPVB B16 Elite finished atop the series' standings by winning its last five matches. The B16-Palos Point Series #4 concluded Sunday and most teams are looking ahead to this weekend’s Winter Volleyball Championships at McCormick Place, where teams in the 16 and 15 Open divisions will vie for one of nine bids to the 2020 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships in Reno, Nevada, June 27-July 4. 2019-20 Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com Boys C...

Lions 15-1 roster is unique; UNO 16s, Sky High 15s, New WAVE 15s planning to peak

Lions 15-1 features an unusual roster in 2020 that includes three middle hitters and three setters. https://youtu.be/xC98jBFNf6U Last summer, Lions 15-1 finished fifth in the Open division at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.However, last year’s Lions 15-1 team and the 2020 edition bear little resemblance to each other.“The biggest difference right away is the height,” head coach Laura Burgarin said. “Last year, I had 6-foot-3, 6-2, 6-1 across the front row. I’m working with a little smaller g...

Who are some of Illinois' top uncommitted boys in the classes of 2020-22?

Illprepvb.com is compiling a list of the top uncommitted players in the classes of 2020-22. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top boys players in Illinois in the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 who have yet to commit to a college or university and have indicated a desire to continue their volleyball careers. The following list includes players who compete at a very high level either for their high school or club teams. All high school coaches and club directors have been invited to contribute to this list. ...

Shake-up in latest Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com Boys 18s, 17s Club Rankings

Shane Ooms (far left) from Minooka and his UNO Boys 18 Elite teammates finished in 17th place in the 18 Open division at the SCVA 2020 Boys Junior Volleyball Invitational last weekend in Anaheim. The qualifier season is under way. Future 18 Elite and Chicago Bounce 18 Red both finished among the top 10 teams in the 18 Open division at last weekend’s 202 Southern California Volleyball Association Boys Junior Volleyball Invitational in Anaheim, while 630 Volleyball 17-1 finished third in the 17 USA division. The 2020 Boys Winter Vol...

Lenny eyes another run at USA title; Ultimate, VC United, CVC making strides

SPVB B18 Lenny features five players who return from last year's team that finished third in the 18 USA division at the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships in Dallas, Texas. https://youtu.be/uD9zQD2XUUY There’s something about Lenny.Whether it’s chemistry, continuity or just top-to-bottom talent, Sports Performance’s “No. 2” team is hardly what most observers would consider a “second team.”SPVB 18 Lenny has been a fixture in the top brackets in the B18-Palos Points Series at Palos Courts this season. Saturday, after losi...