Where are Illinois' top girls' volleyball recruits headed? (updated 12/6)

Isabella Biesterfeld, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter who plays for (Crete) Illinois Lutheran and Ultimate Volleyball Club, recently signed a letter of intent to play for Western Illinois University in Macomb. Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top players in Illinois in the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 who have committed to a college or university to continue their volleyball careers. All coaches and club directors have been invited to provide the names of their players who should be on the list. The attached list features the names of p...

Jakubowski goes the extra mile for inexperienced Huntley team

Seton Hall-bound setter Taylor Jakubowski has led Huntley to a 18-2 record despite the graduation of seven seniors and several key starters from last year's 35-4 team. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) (Editor's note: This story originally ran on October 9, 2019) Huntley's 5-foot-8 senior setter Taylor Jakubowski. Although no exacting scientific study has been published on the subject, some estimates put the distance a setter runs during a match at anywhere from a half-mile to three miles.Then there are days where a setter may feel like the...

Hersey’s Lill reflects on long and winding road on way to joining 1,000-win club

Nancy Lill won her 1,000th career game as a varsity girls' coach at Hersey earlier this month. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Hersey coach Nancy Lill gives instructions to libero Maddie Mullin during the Mid-Suburban League championship game. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.com Nancy Lill believes things happen for a reason.That's led her to register over 1,000 wins as a girls’ volleyball coach.Lill, who has been the head coach at Hersey since 1988, reached that milestone on Friday, October 18. when the Huskies defeated Evanston, ...

A superstar spouse and help from a ‘guardian angel’ have Harlan back in the game

Dave Harlan (left) said the outpouring of love and support from the volleyball community following his heart attack made him feel "outstanding." Dave Harlan worked the Silver division of the Asics Challenge at Brother Rice. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Dave Harlan could feel a little discomfort in his left arm when he arrived at his Indian Head Park home after officiating a match between Plainfield Central and visiting Nazareth on August 27. But he shook it off.“My wife asked me, ‘What's wrong with you?’” Harlan said. “I said, ‘Nothing. I'm O...

Herscher goes all-in to make the 2019 season one for the record books

Illprepvb.com-ranked Herscher improved to 22-1 overall and 9-0 in the Illinois Central Eight with its 25-12, 25-15 win at Lisle Thursday. Twenty-one years.That’s how long Herscher has been waiting for team like this.You have to go back to the fall of 1998 when the 36-3 Tigers, led by former University of Illinois standout Sue Webber, reached the Sweet Sixteen. Wheaton St. Francis ended Herscher’s season that year, 15-7, 15-12, in a Class A supersectional.Herscher has not had a team like this one since. Thursday’s 25-12, 25-15 victory over L...

Who are some of the top uncommitted Illinois boys in the classes of 2020, 2021? (updated 7/11)

Six-foot-2 junior Anthony Torres of Oswego East (15) is one of the top uncommitted boys volleyball players in Illinois. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is compiling a list of boys’ volleyball players in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who are as of yet uncommitted and are looking play volleyball at the next level. If you know of someone who should be on this list, please email their name, height, position, year in school and school to illprepvb@gmail.com. Class of 2020 Albert Atczylo, 5-7, L, Hinsdale SouthTyler Brandt, 6-4, MH/OP...

Who’s qualified on the boys’ side for the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals?

Chicago Bounce 17 Red qualified for the 2019 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships by finishing fifth in the 17 Open division at the Winter Volleyball Championships at McCormick Place in January. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Here are the Great Lakes Region qualifiers for the 2019 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships, June 30-July 7, at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas:18 OpenAdversity B18 Adidas (Gateway Qualifier)Future 18 Elite (Gateway Qualifier)Pipeline 18 Nike (Gateway Qualifier)SPVB ...

Michio Chicago 15 National rules open division at JVA Summerfest in Columbus

Michio Chicago 15 National defeated CVC 15 Black to win the 15 Open division at the JVA Summerfest in Columbus last weekend. It was hot fun in the Summer(fest)time for Michio Chicago 15 National last weekend. Michio Chicago 15 National overcame the loss of one of their best attackers and a field of 36 teams Sunday to win the 15 Open division at the JVA Summerfest at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. Ohio. Michio finished 7-0 in the tournament dropping only three sets along the way, defeating Tri-State Elite 15 Blue,...

Sports Performance wins two national AAU 18’s championships; SPVB 18 Elite falls short

Sports Performance 18 Red defeated Southern Performance 17 National Shelbie, 25-22, 25-12, to win the 18 Club division. Sports Performance Volleyball Club out of Aurora won two national championships at last weekend's AAU 2019 18U Girls Nationals in Orlando, Florida.But the big prize got away.Sports Performance 18 Kahl (9-0) defeated Asics Munciana Quora, 25-20, 21-25, 15-11, in the title match to win the 18 Premier division, and Sports Performance 18 Red (8-0) stopped Southern Performance 17 National Shelbie, 25-22, 25-12, to win the 18 Cl...

Where are the Illinois high school top boys’ volleyball recruits headed? (updated 4/28)

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, ...