Where are Illinois' top girls' volleyball recruits in the Classes of '22, '23 headed?

(Updated 9/15) Logan Grevengoed, a 6-3 rightside hitter in the Class of 2022 who plays for Chicago Christian and Michio Chicago VBA, recently committed to Western Kentucky. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top players in Illinois in the Classes of 2022 and 2023 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 ...

Players pull together to help their downstate town recover from '1,000-year' flood

Between 9 and 10 inches of rain fell on Gibson City on August 12 during what weather experts called "a 1,000-year event," cutting outside access to the community and forcing scores of residents to evacuate. (Photo courtesy of WAND-TV). By Randy SharerSpecial to Illprepvb.comGIBSON CITY – When it came to a team building exercise, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School volleyball team got all it could handle on August 12 when between 9.5 and 10 inches of rain fell on Ford County within five hours.After many Gibson City homeowners ...

Pandemic prompts Oak Lawn's restless Kate Dillon to add golf to busy calendar

When the pandemic forced the cancellation of the fall volleyball season in 2020, Oak Lawn's Kate Dillon decided to take up golf. She also plays basketball and softball at the southwest suburban Chicago school. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Oak Lawn outside hitter Kate Dillon began golfing last fall and has seen her game measurably improve over the past year. By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comKate Dillon was a girl in search of something to do last fall.The girls’ volleyball season had been postponed until the spring due to the coronavi...

From top to bottom and everywhere in the middle, Blue Steel VBC is about family

Blue Steel Volleyball Club's 16-1 boys team went 5-4 and finished 13th in the 16 USA division at the USAV Boys Junior National Championship. The team was coached by Melissa Massey (far right) and her sister, Lauren Martin (far left), and featured Massey's three sons -- Riley (23), Sutton (9) and Trent (standing behind Sutton) -- and Martin's son Landon (17). The first thing that jumps out at you when surveying the roster for the Boys BSVBC 16-1 team that competed at the recent USAV Boys Junior National Championship in Kansas City is th...

Presenting the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Coaches Hall of Fame Class of '21

Fremd's Curtis Pinley (in background, left) has a combined 50 years of coaching boys and girls volleyball at Palatine and Fremd high schools. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Three years ago, Illprepvb.com was approached to collaborate on the creation of an Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame.Unfortunately, nothing ever came of that phone call. But we felt then, as we do now, that the creation of a coaches’ Hall of Fame was long overdue.Last July, with input from current and former coaches, players and officials, Illprepvb.com p...

Presenting the 2021 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys All-State Volleyball Team

Glenbrook North libero Paul Wyszynski helped to lead the Spartans to an IHSA championship and a 25-0 season. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, we are pleased to announce the 2021 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys All-State Volleyball Team, our third annual effort to honor the best boys high school volleyball players in Illinois.Coaches were invited to nominate players to the all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments on the court and as high school student-athletes, not on any future potential or c...

Presenting the Sports Performance VBC/Illprepvb.com Boys Player of the Year

Lake Park's Josh Schellinger was the third of three siblings to play volleyball for the Roselle school, following in the footsteps of older brother Nick and older sister Ally. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) University of California-San Diego recruit Josh Schellinger. Mr. Irreplaceable?Volleyball is a way of life in the Schellinger household. Recent high school graduate, 6-foot-6 outside hitter Josh Schellinger, followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Nick, and older sister, Ally, to play volleyball at Lake Park.Siblings begetting siblin...

Recruiting 101: What you can do to help college coaches find you

Former Benet setter Ally Van Eekeren is one of hundreds of former Illinois high school stars now playing at the collegiate level. Some are discovered by coaches. But many handle their own recruiting. (Photo courtesy of Creighton Athletics) By Randy SharerSpecial to Illprepvb.comMajor life choices that come up for the first – and perhaps only – time can be challenging.Take, for example, volleyball players looking to continue their careers in college.By the time they learn the ins-and-outs of the recruiting process, they may wish they’d had...

Where are Illinois' top girls' volleyball recruits headed? (updated 7/16)

Nadia Goich (17, far court), a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Lockport and 1st Alliance Volleyball Club, has committed to the University of New Hampshire. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top players in Illinois in the Classes of 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 ...

Former Geneva great finds herself in the last place she expected to be – home

Lauren (Wicinski) Kosecki led Michigan State to a pair of NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances after starring at Northern Illinois University for two seasons. (Photos courtesy of Michigan State Athletic Department) Lauren (Wicinski) Kosecki. By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comLauren Kosecki had no intention of going home.The former Geneva star was enjoying life deep in the heart of Texas, teaching and coaching in the Houston area, where she met her husband, Matthew.“At the time, I was like, ‘I’m not coming home, I don’t want to be cold...