Where are Illinois’ top boys volleyball recruits in the Class of ’24 headed?

Jack Mally, a 6-6 outside hitter from Geneva and Sports Performance VBC, has committed to Loyola University-Chicago. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) (Updated, 1:44 p.m., Wednesday, January 24)Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top Illinois boys volleyball players from the Class of 2024 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 2024 Warren's Tyrise Armstrong ...

Normal U-High strongarms Rochester in early Central State Eight showdown

Normal University High sophomore Levyn Snow (5) helped her No. 2-state ranked team down No. 10 Rochester, 25-21, 25-17, on Thursday at Normal. Attempting to block were Rochester's Grace Jameson (11) and Charlotte Beatty (12). (Photo by Randy Sharer) By Randy SharerSpecial to Illprepvb.comNORMAL – In general, Rochester’s volleyball team knew where trouble was going to come from on Thursday.Knowing specifically where to place blockers and passers, however, against a team with as many weapons as Normal University High proved problematic as...

To be the G.O.A.T., you need a G.O.A.T., and Willowbrook has one

Calli Kenny (9) had 22 kills as Willowbrook ended a 10-game losing streak to Lyons Township dating back to 2007 Wednesday in LaGrange. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorCalli Kenny wants her final Willowbrook team to be the greatest Willowbrook team in program history.Helping your team snap a 10-game losing streak against a storied inter-conference rival that dates back to 2007 – and perhaps even further back since the history on the subject is a little sketchy – is a good way to start.The Marquette-bound setter/rightside hitter poun...

Naperville Central reaching for success in a much-changed environment

With four juniors playing key rolesy, Naperville Central improvd to 4-3 with a 25-21, 27-25 victory Tuesday over Downers Grove North. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorNaperville Central was one of the most dominant large-school teams in Illinois from 1998 to 2007, winning eight regional titles, three sectional titles and making three appearances in the IHSA finals at Redbird Arena.The Redhawks won two IHSA championships during that period, claiming the Class AA title in 2005 behind Tara Hester, Jessica Yanz and Caitlin Staib, and the...

Wednesday, August 30 results

Springfield Southeast coach Bruce Wible called Lincoln, "Maybe the best 3A team I've seen so far." Wednesday, August 30 results (updated 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 31)Benet Academy def. Metea Valley 25-12, 25-22Benet (6-1 overall, 0-0 Conference): Elle Stiernagle (3 kills, 28 assists, 2 digs), Audrey Asleson (4 kills, 3 digs), Sophia Pursley (2 blocks), Lynney Tarnow (12 kills, 1 block), Ava Novak (7 kills, 1 dig), Gabby Stasys (2 kills, 2 blocks), Aniya Warren (10 digs), Ava Ledebuhr (2 digs), Christine Pullen (1 dig), Morgan Asleson (3 d...

Bullington, Marist stop Oak Park-River Forest; McAuley ends St. Laurence’s run

Junior outside hitter Bella Bullington (2) had 12 kills in the championship match and was named MVP of the Mizuno Crimson Classic hosted by Plainfield North and sponsored by Sports Performance VBC and Illprepvb.com. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Relentless.“Something that's so special about this group is that we’re all so mentally tough,” said Marist’s 6-1 junior outside hitter Bella Bullington in a rare quiet moment late Saturday afternoon at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora. “We’ll get in those ruts, but it doesn't feel panicky....