Normal West wins nail-biter over district rival, wins first outright Intercity title

Averie Hernandez (10), a 6-foot-2 Northwestern recruit, totaled 57 kills while leading her Normal West volleyball team to a 4-0 record in the Bloomington-Normal Intercity Tournament at Normal West on Saturday. After a 25-17, 25-15 victory over Bloomington Central Catholic (pictured on defense), the Wildcats improved to 17-3 on the season. (Photo by Randy Sharer) By Randy SharerSpecial to Illprepvb.comNORMAL – Normal West’s first outright title in the 42nd Bloomington-Normal Intercity Volleyball Tournament on Saturday featured a ...

Friday, September 24 tournament results

Fresh off its win at New Trier, Niles West will compete at the tournament hosted Saturday by Northside Prep. Friday, September 24 tournament results At Kaneland Pool ANeuqua Valley def. Kaneland  25-10, 22-25, 15-12Neuqua Valley (8-8 overall, 1-1 in the DuPage Valley Conference): Bre Jones (8 kills), Alison Hoffmann (7 kills), Liel Thomas (5 kills, 4 blocks, 2 aces), Gianna Ptaszek (14 digs, 2 aces), Jahnavi Karat (18 assists, 3 aces).Note: Pool play will conclude with two matches Saturday morning before bracket play in the aftern...

Friday, September 24 results

Indian Creek spoiled the homecoming game for Somonauk (pictured above) on Thursday but not the homecoming celebration. Friday, September 24 resultsNewark def. Serena 25-19, 19-25, 25-16 Newark (15-5 overall, 6-1 in the Little Ten Conference): Kelly Snyder (10 kills, 8 digs), Lauren Ulrich (30 assists, 6 digs), Taylor Kruser (10 digs).Note: Newark has a varsity-only match against Depue on Tuesday.  Warren def. Lake Zurich 25-12, 25-21Warren (15-9 overall, 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference): Ruth Ziegler (8 kills, 2 assists, 2 digs, ...

Hayes earns win No. 699 as Hartsburg-Emden defeats Tomahawk foe Mt. Pulaski

Hartsburg-Emden High School coach Jenn Hayes (right) picked up her 699th victory in a 27-year career on Thursday as her Stags (17-1) defeated visiting Mount Pulaski, 25-21, 25-22, with blocking help from Cassie Crabtree (12) and Avah Classen (7). Hitting for the Lady Toppers was Alexis Wade (3). (Photo by Randy Sharer) By Randy SharerSpecial to Illprepvb.comHARTSBURG – The 699th victory of Jenn Hayes’ 27-year volleyball coaching career was a lot like the previous 698.Her Hartsburg-Emden High School Stags mixed sound fundamentals with ...

Mother McAuley, Ellie White thrill their fans with thrashing of archrival Marist

Marist outside hitter Kamryn Haney, who led the RedHawks to the championship of the Wheaton Classic, was limited to just a single kill Thursday at Mother McAuley. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comWhen Marist traveled to face rival Mother McAuley in the spring, there was something missing.The crowd.That wasn't missing when the two teams got together again on Thursday night, however. The gym was packed to the rafters and the home crowd left happy. That's because Mother McAuley’s 5-11 sophomore outside hitte...

St. Viator's season-opening win streak ends, not with a whimper but with a roar

St. Viator is enjoying its most successful season since the 2017 team reached the Class 3A semifinals in Normal, an aspiration that is shared by this 2021 edition. Adversity.What was it that German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said? “That which does not kill us makes us stronger?"St. Viator is a much stronger volleyball team today than it was Tuesday.“We knew adversity would come our way,” said St. Viator setter Cailyn Harrington. “We had to face that today. We knew it was coming. We know Benet's a great team. Today, we were kind of prep...

Thursday, September 23 results

Kaneland (pictured) hosts the Knight Invite beginning with pool play Friday. Among the teams participating are Plainfield Central, Neuqua Valley, Batavia, Downers Grove North and Metea Valley. Thursday, September 23 results Alleman def. Galesburg 25-14, 25-21Alleman: Anne VanDerHeede (13 assists, 2 kills, 2 blocks), Annaliese Dockery-Jackson (1 kill, 1 block), Clair Hulke (5 kills, 7 blocks), Colleen Kenney (2 aces, 1 assists, 3 kills, 18 digs), Iris Reynolds (2 kills, 3 block), Lauren Reger (6 digs), Rhyca Fullerlove (6 kills, 3 blocks)...

Wednesday, September 22 results

Prairie Ridge, which reached the Bronze bracket championship game last weekend at the Wheaton Classic, continued its strong play with a victory over St. Charles East on Wednesday. Wednesday, September 22 resultsBarrington def. Huntley 25-22, 25-18Barrington (12-4 overall, 3-0 in the Mid-Suburban West): Amanda Cleary (8 digs, 5 service points), Jessica Horwath (9 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace, 5 service points), Gwen Adler (10 assists, 15 service points, 4 aces), Campbell Paris (9 kills, 2 digs), Jenna Meitzler (1 ace, 8 assists, 2 kills), Colette Ga...

Barrington's Paris burns Fremd in battle between Mid-Suburban West's best

Fremd's (from left) Izzy Seghoviano, Claudia Wala, Rian Baker and Rylen Reid were all part of the Vikings' 2019 Class 4A state semifinalist and are hoping to make another run at state after COVID interrupted their junior season. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorOff the court, Barrington’s 6-foot-4 junior outside hitter Campbell Paris is hard to miss.On the court, she’s hard to stop.Paris pounded 14 kills, including three in the waning moments of the second game to help the Fillies close on an 8-1 run, as Barrington recorded a 25-22...

Wollard's 22 kills help IVC withstand late surge by Bloomington Central Catholic

Bloomington Central Catholic High School sophomore Isabelle Niepagen (7) hammered 13 kills in Tuesday's 25-18, 22-25, 30-28 loss to visiting Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central. (Photo by Randy Sharer) By Randy SharerSpecial to Illprepvb.comBLOOMINGTON – It’s a rare volleyball match when both teams go home happy, but that’s what happened after a raucous Illini Prairie Conference battle on Tuesday.Visiting Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central got the win, but Bloomington Central Catholic didn’t feel or look like losers after escaping a 17...