Where are Illinois’ top girls’ volleyball recruits headed? (updated 9/17)

Neuqua Valley's Faith Johnson (16) has committed to the University of Akron. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) 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 players that have been submitted so far. If you know of a player who has already committed to a colleg...

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, ...

Who’s on the inside looking out at the USAV Junior Nationals? (as of 6/24)

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. Here is a list of Illinois teams that have qualified and the divisions in which they have qualified for the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships June 27-July 6 in Indianapolis, Indiana (15s, 16s and 17s) and April 26-28 in Dallas, Texas (18s). 15 AmericanLions 15 Blue (Great Lakes Region)Sky High Adidas 15 Red (Great Lakes Region)15 USASky High Adidas 15 Black...

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...