Where are the Illinois high school top boys’ volleyball recruits headed? (updated 4/17)

Loyola's Jack Howard is headed to Penn State next fall. (photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top boys players in Illinois 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 2019 Ryne Anders, 5-7, L, Oswego/Club 1, Loras CollegeMarc Arsenault, 6-5, OH, Plainfield Central/Club 1 Volleyball Club, Siena Heights UniversityHunter Bailey, 6-7, MH, ...

Who’s on the inside looking out at the USAV Junior National Championships? (updated)

Michio Chicago 15 National (pictured), Lions 15-1 and Adversity G16 Adidas are the only teams from Illinois to qualify for the USAV junior nationals in an Open division. There are still a few qualifying events remaining for the USA Volleyball Girls National Junior Championships, including the 2019 adidas Windy City National Qualifier, April 19-21, at McCormick Place. Here is a list of Illinois teams that have already qualified and the divisions in which they have qualified (not all teams and events have been posted, including the bid qualif...

The IHSA lays an egg – again – with its “rolling of the peas”

Too often, just being great isn't good enough to reach the IHSA finals. (photo by Dave Ruggles) Instead of rolling a pea, the IHSA laid an egg.In case you missed it, the IHSA released the results of its Spring Bracket Drawing last week, the blind drawing the folks down in Bloomington like to refer as the “rolling of the peas.”If you’re a boys’ volleyball fan of top-ranked Glenbard West, you have to be thrilled by the outcome. Although Glenbard East was assigned to the same sectional – at Fremd – all that really stands between the Hilltopper...

Who is making their mark from the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022?

(Photos by Dave Ruggles) So who was good this fall? Who has been making an impact on their club teams this winter and spring? Who will be some of the top players next fall when the high school season resumes? After reporting on the 2018 high school season, the Windy City Power League and the Great Lakes Power League Division I, and following the progress of Illinois teams at various tournaments and national qualifiers, Illprepvb.com goes out on a not-so-long limb to recognize some of the top players in their respective classes. We are certai...

Here is the Illprepvb.com list of the top 100 boys volleyball players in Illinois

(Photos by Dave Ruggles) Last year, Illprepvb.com put together a list of the top 50 boys players in Illinois. However, the growth of boys’ high school volleyball in Illinois and the explosion of club volleyball made reducing this list to only 50 names almost impossible. Still, there are certain to be a few names left off. But that is why they play the season. Those who have been (inadvertently, I assure you) excluded have nearly three months to ensure that they are not left off any postseason honors roster. So here they are … (with clu...

Who are some of the biggest winners, losers under the IHSA’s new classification system?

Despite an enrollment of just 382 students, Belleville Althoff will be competing in Class 4A for the next two years. By Phil Brozynski and Daniel BlakemanOK, boys and girls. It’s time to break out your slide rules, Ouija boards, Magic 8-Balls and super computers.Last week, the IHSA released information about its new two-year classification cycle, which was adopted by the IHSA Board of Directors in June. The classification cycle covers the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.During those two periods, classifications in multi-class sports such ...

Former DeKalb, Sports Performance star now coaching Quincy Notre Dame

Former DeKalb, Sports Performance and Wisconsin star Courtney (nee Thomas) Kvitle is now the head coach at Quincy Notre Dame. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comVolleyball runs through Courtney Kvitle's blood.A standout player at DeKalb High School and Sports Performance Volleyball Club, she went onto achieve All-American status at the University of Wisconsin. As a junior there in 2013, she helped lead the Badgers to an appearance in the NCAA championship match.“That was amazing,” Kvitle said. “It was nothing like I've ever experienced....

Illprepvb.com’s 150 (and more) players who gotta be seen in 2018

Here are 150-plus players who should be on everybody's "must-see" list during the 2018 girls high school season (class status as of Fall 2018 indicated): Loren Alberts, 6-0, Sr., RS/MB, HuntleyBrooke Amann, 5-11, Jr., OH, Woodstock NorthMaggie Bair, 6-2, Sr., MB, Glenbard SouthKennedy Bauer, 5-11, Sr., OH, WatsekaGigi Barr, 6-1, Jr., MH, YorkJoslyn Boyer, 5-6, Sr., L, Montini Cassidy Beshel, 6-0, Sr., OH, Grayslake CentralMaddie Blake, 6-0, Jr., OH, Crystal Lake CentralBreelyn Borum, 5-11, So., S, SterlingBrooklyn Borum, 6-1, So., OH, St...

Brittany Welch begins a new life after Resurrection

Following a career that included nearly 1,200 kills, 750 digs, 100 aces, 140 blocks, every conceivable school record and a state runner-up trophy, Brittany Welch is beginning life after Resurrection. “It's something that I’ll never forget,” Welch said about her high school career at the northwest side of Chicago school. “I miss it so much. I would go back if I could. They (her teammates and friends) all said, ‘Stay home, stay home.’ But I can’t. “It’s a long way from home, but I like it here,” she said. “Here” is New Mexico State Un...

MVP Hattie Monson heads up Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes Power League 16s All-League Team

MVP Hattie Monson of league champion SPVB 16 Elite heads the first Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 16s Power League All-League Team that features some of the best young volleyball players in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. It’s rare that a libero can have such an dramatic effect on a volleyball team’s sustained success, but the 5-foot-4 Monson is a rare talent. “Hattie put in a lot of extra work this year and she got really se...