Here are the 2020 Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com Final Girls Club Rankings

The AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships are still scheduled for July 14-22, in Orlando, Florida. But because of the lack of local competitors, the tournament will have no bearing on our rankings. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) It is hard to believe that, for all intents and purposes, the 2020 girls club season ended nearly four months ago. Five Illinois clubs, including 1st Alliance, Top Flight and Sky High, have entered teams in the AAU Girls Junior National Championships in Orlando, Florida, on July 14-22, which has banned ...

630 Volleyball hosts training clinics with Anderson, McMillan

Penn State coach Colin McMillan 630 Volleyball, in conjunction with Indiana University, will welcome U.S. Olympian Matt Anderson to train with its athletes. Arguably the most valuable player in America over the last decade, Matt has racked up his fair share of individual accolades, including United States Player of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019.The clinic will be held Friday, July 10, with two sessions: Ages 13-15 from 3:30-5:00 p.m., and ages 16-18 from 5:15-6:45 p.m., at 630 Volleyball, 7881 Lemont Rd., Darien. The cost is $...

Illprepvb.com presents 200 reasons we can't wait for volleyball in the fall: Outside hitters, Pt. II

Norris City-Omaha-Enfield's Evie Duncan powers a kill past the outstretched arms of Athens' defenders Sophia Chavis (11) and Lexi Morgan (12) during the Class 1A third-place match last fall. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, Illprepvb.com continues its look at 200 reasons why we’re looking forward to girls high school volleyball resuming in the fall.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday released long-awaited guidance for schools across the state that would allow them to re-open in the fall. Each school district will determine how to impl...

Illprepvb.com presents 200 reasons we can't wait for volleyball in the fall: Outside hitters, Pt. I

Decatur St. Teresa's Valerie Nutakor will lead the Bulldogs' bid for a second consecutive IHSA Class 2A championship in 2020. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, Illprepvb.com continues its look at 200 reasons why we’re looking forward to girls high school volleyball resuming in the fall.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday released long-awaited guidance for schools across the state that would allow them to re-open in the fall. Each school district will determine how to implement the guidance based on its unique circumstances, the statemen...

Illprepvb.com presents 200 reasons we can't wait for volleyball in the fall: Middle hitters

Emily Surin was the third-leading attacker for Joliet Catholic during its run to the Class 3A championship match last fall. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, Illprepvb.com continues its look at 200 reasons why we’re looking forward to girls high school volleyball resuming in the fall.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday released long-awaited guidance for schools across the state that would allow them to re-open in the fall. Each school district will determine how to implement the guidance based on its unique circumstances, the statement ...

Illprepvb.com presents 200 reasons we can't wait for volleyball in the fall: Setters

Breese Mater Dei's Jessie Timmeman set a school record for single-season assists in 2019. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, Illprepvb.com continues its look at 200 reasons why we’re looking forward to girls high school volleyball resuming in the fall.Of course, there is no guarantee that Illinois schools will re-open by mid-to-late August, and the IHSA will most likely follow the lead of state government before it OKs high school sports in the fall. But if schools do re-open, and the IHSA gives the go-ahead to fall sports, not only will...

Illprepvb.com presents 200 reasons we can't wait for volleyball in the fall: Liberos

Libero Gillian Grimes was an anchor for Nazareth during its drive to Redbird Arena last fall. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, Illprepvb.com begins its look at 200 reasons we’re looking forward to girls high school volleyball resuming in the fall.Of course, there is no guarantee that Illinois schools will re-open by mid-to-late August or early September, and the IHSA will most likely follow the lead of state government before it OKs high school sports in the fall. But if schools do re-open, and the IHSA gives the go-ahead to fall sport...

150 reasons to watch boys' high school volleyball in the spring of 2021, Part II

Metea Valley's Chad Luckinbill (9) was a pivotal part of Sports Performance 16 Elite's highly successful club season and should help the Mustangs when they return to the court in the spring of 2021. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the 2020 boys’ high school season, shutting down what had promised to be a highly competitive and entertaining quest to crown the 29th champion since the IHSA began sanctioning high school volleyball tournaments in 1992.Although we regret that so many talented seniors were denied a be...

150 reasons to watch boys' high school volleyball in the spring of 2021, Part I

Led by outside hitter KJ Glab, St. Francis should be among the top teams in the state next spring. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the 2020 boys’ high school season, shutting down what had promised to be a highly competitive and entertaining quest to crown the 29th champion since the IHSA began sanctioning high school volleyball tournaments in 1992. Although we regret that so many talented seniors were denied a better ending to their high school careers, it’s not too early to look ahead to next spring when ...

Illprepvb.com presents the 20 All-Time Best Illinois Girls Volleyball Teams, Nos. 1-5

The 2016 Mother McAuley volleyball team won the IHSA Class 4A championship, the school's second under Jen DeJarld and the school's 15th overall, and was named the No. 1 team in the nation. (Photo courtesy of Mother McAuley) There have been many great teams throughout the history of IHSA girls’ high school volleyball – undefeated champions, once-beaten champions, and some teams that did not win a state championship despite their pedigree. Today, Illprepvb.com continues its countdown of the 20 All-Time Best Illinois Girls High Scho...