Feeling 'free and easy,' 1st Alliance 18 Silver rules first weekend of power league

Now that's how you celebrate a point! Mission 17 Elite libero Delaney Molloy (8) tests her vertical, much to the delight of her teammates. Mission 17 Elite went 3-0 on Saturday to move up to Bracket B and finished the weekend 4-2 during Windy City Power League 18/17 Open division play at the Energy Sports Complex in Niles. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorAt this still-way-too-early stage of the girls’ club season, many teams remain in a “Getting to know you” stage.1st Alliance 18 Silver is no different. Only five players return from...

SPVB 18 Kahl, 18 Red eye Orlando; Xtreme 16U rocks, 15 Thunder rolls, 18 Theta wins

Yuliia Shchepkina (Neuqua Valley) and her SPVB 18 Kahl teammates went 3-0 Saturday during pool play at the Champions Cup hosted by the Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) https://youtu.be/ioVBnWsnKW0 By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorWhen Bria Lomax looks to her left, glances to her right or peeks behind her, she doesn’t see many familiar faces.“Yes, I am the sole survivor,” she said.Lomax, a 6-0 middle hitter, is the only returning player from the Sports Performance 18 Kahl roster that finished second ...

MOD's acquisition by 3STEP provides greater opportunity for growth, says Jensen

MOD Elite G16 Blue outside hitter Sofia Rossi (11) of Maine South tries to avoid the block attempt of an Ultimate Asics G15 Gold defender during the Windy City Power League 16/15 Open division seeding event Sunday at the 1st Alliance Training Center in Darien. MOD Volleyball is the first Illinois club purchased by 3STEP Sports, a company that specializes in operating youth sports clubs and events. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorFirst step? Marriage. Second step? 3STEP.A little more than two years after the ...

1st Alliance 16 Gold tired of taking the fifth; Ritterbusch, Sky High 16s stay perfect

MOD Elite G16 Blue's Mary Hamann of Rolling Meadows slams a kill against Ultimate Asics G15 Gold during the Windy City Power League 16/15 Open seeding event Sunday at the 1st Alliance Training Center in Darien. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorWhile finishing fifth at the USAV Girls Junior Nationals Championship once would be cause for celebration for many clubs, it’s getting to be old hat for Abby Vander Wal and her 1st Alliance 16 Gold teammates.As in old and wearisome.After losing in the quarterfinals as 13s,...

Life is a highway for Illini Elite; Michio, Team One roll on day one of 16/15 seeding

The Windy City Power League 16/15 Open division seeding event got underway Saturday. Two weeks ago, Mission 17 Elite (pictured) went 3-3 at the 18/17 Open division seeding event, finishing 21st overall and 12th among the 17s. https://youtu.be/4IfrKftYYYQ By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorThe 1st Alliance Volleyball Club training facility in Darien is just a hop, skip and jump for Bloomington-based Illini Elite Volleyball Club owner/director and Illini Elite 16 Cardinal coach Andy Erins.“What I like about this (location) is that I ...

After the gold rush, here are the latest 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb Boys Club Rankings

MOD Elite B15 Blue finished third in the 15 Open division at last weekend's The Socal Cup: The Open Championship in Anaheim, California. On the home page is SPVB B18 Elite, which finished third in the 18 Open division in California, best among all entries from Illinois. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com Editor Just about everybody in Illinois flew a little more than 2,000 miles to compete at The Socal Cup: The Open Championship in Anaheim, California, last weekend. But their next trip will be considerably shorter.Illinois boys’ club t...

VC United 182 Elite punches ticket to Ohio at Windy City Girls 18s National Qualifier

VC United 182 Elite defeated 1st Alliance 18 White in the championship match of the 18 American division at the Windy CIty Girls 18s National Qualifier in Schaumburg to earn a bid to the 2023 USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, April 28-30. https://youtu.be/ViX7WUS68nQ By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorVC United 182 Elite was a resolute band of warriors during its journey through the 18 American division of the 2023 Windy City Girls 18s National Qualifier at the Schaumburg Convention Center this weekend,...

EVC 18 Elite, Belusa United 18 Cyclones bring the thunder 'Under the Dome'

Illini Elite 17 Cardinal defeated Illini Elite 18 Cardinal, 25-15, 25-20, to win the I-74 Challenge this weekend in Bloomington. The tournament also featured teams from Prime Time Volleyball Club in Champaign and Eastside Volleyball Club in East Peoria. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyzNAf15O00 By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorWhat do EVC (Eich’s Volleyball Cub) 18 Elite and Belusa United 18 Cyclones have in common?Neither team could say “No” to Michigan, as in Dynamic Impact 18U Carrie/Kenna of Grandvi...

Adversity G18 Adidas advances, others falter at Windy City Girls 18s Qualifier

Six-foot-3 outside hitter Catherine Burke (Loyola) and her Adversity G18 Adidas teammates finished second in their pool Saturday at the Windy City Girls 18s National Qualifier in Schaumburg. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) https://youtu.be/9NSxa5L6H5w By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorAdversity G18 Adidas lived to fight another day, but VC United 181 Elite was not as fortunate, losing a three-way tiebreaker in its pool during day one of the Windy City Girls 18s National Qualifier Saturday at the Schaumburg Convention Center.Adversity defea...

White & Co. rock power league seeding; Sandt says 'no mas' to title match losses

SPVB 15 Elite's Ellie Stiernagle (77) attempts to get past the block of Adidas G15 Adidas' Bridget Ferriter (3) and Avery Maddox (14) Sunday at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora. On the home page, SPVB 18 Elite's Anna Murphy skies over the net for a kill im a match against Balance 18 White. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorPrepvolleyball.com National Class of 2024 Player of the Year. Volleyballmag.com second-team All-American.The accolades keep pouring in for 1st Alliance 17 Gold’s Ellie White (Mothe...