Where are Illinois' top boys volleyball recruits in the Class of '22 headed?

(Updated 12/14) Wheaton Academy's AJ Vuksinic (64) has committed to play his college ball at Ball State University. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top boys players in Illinois from the Class of 2022 and beyond who have committed to a college or university to continue their volleyball careers. If you are a coach, club director or parent and know of a player who should be on this list, please contact us at Illprepvb@gmail.com. Class of 2022Cael Anderson, 6-0, MH, Aurora Central Catholic/Sports Performance V...

Emerging from mom's shadow, Kenny sisters hope to make a little history of their own

Sisters Hannah, a 5-7 freshman, and Calli, a 5-9 sophomore, are the daughters of former Willowbrook three-sport standout and Austin Peay Hall of Fame member Andrea Miller, who never won a regional title at the Villa Park school. By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comWhen your mother is known as the best female athlete in school history, it is natural to feel some pressure when trying to follow in her footsteps.But that doesn’t seem to be an issue for Willowbrook’s Calli and Hannah Kenny. They are the daughters of Andrea Miller, a 1992 Wil...

Lauterwasser: Naperville North has a new vibe with several 'newbies' in the lineup

Paige Lauterwasser (14) and her Naperville North teammates suffered their first loss in the DuPage Valley Conference on Thursday. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorGone is longtime setter Anna Jaworski, who is busy setting all kinds of records at Southern Illinois University.Gone, too, are middle hitter Ellie Hall and outside hitter Eva Hartung, who were a big part of Naperville North’s unbeaten season last spring.So there are a lot of new faces on the Huskies’ side of the court this fall. But there is one familiar face.“Yeah, we only d...

Sangamon County Tournament Results

Pleasant Plains won the recent Sangamon County tournament. Sangamon County Tournament, September 25-27Quarterfinals Pleasant Plains (12-3) def.  Pawnee (6-5) 25-9, 25-11Williamsville (5-11) def. New Berlin (8-12) 25-15, 14-25, 25-22Athens (13-4) def. Riverton (7-12) 25-18, 25-16Springfield (Lutheran) def. Auburn (4-8) 25-20, 25-7Consolation SemifinalsNew Berlin (9-12) def. Pawnee (6-6) 25-20, 25-15Riverton (7-13) def. Auburn (4-9) 24-26, 25-16, 25-16Championship Semifinals Pleasant Plains (13-3) def. Williamsville (5-12) 25-13, 25-23Springf...

West Chicago has one of those games that is best to put in a box and seal the lid

West Chicago is unbeaten in the Upstate Eight Conference and has matches remaining with co-leader South Elgin and perennial league contender Glenbard East. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorEven the best teams have the worst days.Wednesday, it was West Chicago’s turn.But despite the 25-15, 25-12 loss at Wheaton North, the Wildcats are enjoying a renaissance of sorts under head coach and former Lake Park and Iowa standout Pamela Pater.Pater, who took over the program in 2017, has turned the young Wildcats (19-5 overall, 5-0 in the Upstat...

Bourque, Yorkville riding wave of success, but the Foxes aren't done by a long shot

Plainfield Central will take a much needed breather before resuming play next Tuesday when the Wildcats host Romeoville on senior night. Yorkville's Ella Bourque By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorElla Bourque has experienced the highs and lows of high school volleyball.The 5-11 senior setter is just weeks away from wrapping up her fourth and final season on Yorkville’s varsity. As a freshman, Bourque and the Foxes went 26-8 before being derailed by Lockport in a regional semifinal. Less memorable seasons of 17-18 and 7-7 followed.Ho...

Wednesday, September 29 results

Illini Bluffs won last weekend's Knoxville tournament. Wednesday, September 29 resultsBenet Academy def. Marian Central Catholic 25-8, 25-15Benet Academy (17-3 overall, 4-0 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference).Marian Central Catholic: Kaitlyn Mullen (7 assists), Jessa Passi (3 kills, 5 digs), Ella Conlon (3 kills, 1 ace).Deerfield def. Vernon Hills 25-21, 25-14Vernon Hills (12-13 overall, 2-4 in the Central Suburban North).Lake Zurich def. Mundelein 25-11, 23-25, 25-17Mundelein (2-14 overall, 1-3 in the North Suburban Conference): Isab...

Tuesday, September 27 results

Antioch senior libero Hannah Benes (3), a South Dakota School of Mines & Technology recruit, passed the 1,000-dig mark for her high school career at the Hersey tournament last weekend. Tuesday, September 28 results Aquin def. Winnebago 25-18, 25-12Aquin (16-2 overall, 5-0 in the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference): Lucy Arndt (9 kills, 1 block, 2 aces), Ava Hiveley (5 kills, 1 block), Megan Holder (21 assists), Bentleah Stovall (5 kills), Hanna Pizzolato (10 digs, 3 aces). Barrington def. Hoffman Estates 25-14, 25-9Barrington (14...

Monday, September 27 results

Tolono Unity, which won the Reed-Custer tournament on Saturday, saw its 20-match win streak snapped by Decatur St. Teresa on Monday. Monday, September 27 results Alleman def. Morrison 16-25, 25-14, 25-22Alleman (4-12 overall, 2-9 in the Western Big Six): Anne VanDerHeede (3 aces, 25 assists, 2 blocks), Clair Hulke (16 kills, 5 blocks, 1 dig), Colleen Kenney (1 assist, 4 kills, 38 digs), Iris Reynolds (1 kill, 2 blocks), Lauren Reger (1 ace, 4 digs), Rhyca Fullerlove (6 aces, 3 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs), Claire Sottos (4 kills, 6 digs). Sa...