Adversity girls rebound from early loss to advance at Winter Volleyball Championship

Michio Chicago 18 National finished third in its pool on day one of the 2022 Girls Winter Volleyball Championship at McCormick Place. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorAdversity G18 Adidas was up against it after its first match Saturday at the 2022 Girls Winter Volleyball Championship at McCormick Place.Adversity dropped its opener against Milwaukee Sting 18 Gold, 16-25, 25-22, 15-12, and needed to win its final two matches to remain in the hunt for one of the handful of Open bids available to the 2022 USAV Girls Junior National Champi...

The road less traveled leads former McAuley star to the NCAA championship match

Former Mother McAuley star Kayla Caffey played a big role in leading Nebraska to the NCAA championship match opposite Big Ten foe Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of Nebraska athletics) Nebraska middle blocker Kayla Caffey By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comFormer Mother McAuley star Kayla Caffey’s road to the NCAA championship match was full of twists and turns.And she may not be done yet.Caffey played a pivotal role in leading Nebraska to the championship match against Wisconsin, played before a crowd of 18,755 at Nationwide Arena on De...

Nazareth's Katie Hurta named Gatorade Illinois Volleyball Player of the Year

Sports Performance VBC/Illprepvb.com Player of the Year Katie Hurta of Nazareth Academy was recently named the 2021-22 Gatorade Illinois Volleyball Player of the Year. (Photo by Dave Ruggles). Katie Hurta led Nazareth to the IHSA Class 3A championship this fall. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) CHICAGO (January 11, 2022) – In its 37th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Katie Hurta of Nazareth Academy is the 2021-22 Gatorade Illinois Volleyball Player of the Year. Hurta is the first Gatorade Ill...

Lemont's April Rice adds spice to her game at national development program

April Rice (second from right), a freshman setter at Lemont High School and Adversity G15 Adidas, recently returned from attending the National Team Development Program in Anaheim, California. Lemont's April Rice and U.S. Women's National Team coach Karch Kiraly. By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comApril Rice traveled a long way over the Christmas break.Her game followed suit.Rice, a 5-foot-10 freshman setter from Lemont and Adversity G15 Adidas, spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s at the women’s Olympic Training Center in...

Presenting the initial Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Girls 18's Club rankings

Plainfield North's Ella Wrobel (88) headlines Sports Performance 18 Elite, which welcomes back four players from the team that was runner-up in the 18 Open division at the 48th AAU Girls Junior National Championships last summer. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorAnd so it begins.We will get our first look at three of the top 18’s teams in the Great Lakes Region -- Sports Performance 18 Elite, VC United 181 Elite and Illini Elite 18 Cardinal -- this weekend when they scrimmage at the Great Lakes Volleyball Ce...

Presenting the initial Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Girls 17's Club rankings

St. Thomas More's Mallory Monahan (6) figures to add a lot of punch to Illini Elite 17 Cardinal this club season. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The 2022 Windy City Power League seeding tournament for 17’s and 18’s is still two weeks away when we’ll get our first look at many of the teams listed here, but a few have already started competition and others will scrimmage this weekend at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora.As has become the norm, the rankings feature a number of teams that have undergone major “facelifts.” There are also...

Presenting the initial Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Girls 16's Club rankings

Lions 15-1 veterans libero Sam Falk (32) from Mother McAuley and Oak Park-River Forest's Grace Nelson (29) are expected to lead 1st Alliance 16 Gold this season. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The 2022 Windy City Power League seeding tournament starts Saturday at a number of sites throughout the Chicago area and we’ll get our first look at many of the teams listed here, but for now, it’s mostly speculation as we present our first rankings of the season. The 16’s rankings feature a number of teams that have undergone major “facelifts.” Ther...

Presenting the initial Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 15's Girls Club rankings

Lauren Coyne (far right) of Wheaton Warrenville South is one of the reasons Sports Performance 15 Elite should be one of the top 15's teams in the state this club season. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The 2022 Windy City Power League seeding tournament starts next Saturday at a number of sites throughout the Chicago area and we’ll get our first look at many of the teams listed here, but for now, it’s mostly speculation as we present our first rankings of the season. The 15s are always the most difficult to predict for a variety of reasons....