Where are Illinois' top girls' volleyball recruits headed? (updated 2/13)

Mary Gegen (2) of Rochester and Springfield Shock Volleyball Club recently announced her decision to continue her playing career at Lake Forest College. (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 submi...

Former Angel, U.S. Olympian Kelly Murphy takes on new role as club coach

Former Joliet Catholic star Kelly Murphy (left) was an All-American at Florida and later a member of the U.S. National team who helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Tim Casey) Kelly Murphy was the first four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American at Florida. (Photo courtesy of UAA Communications) By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comJoliet Catholic girls’ volleyball coach Christine Scheibe is always delighted when one of her former players decide...

Who are some of Illinois' top uncommitted boys in the classes of 2020-22? (as of 1/31)

Illprepvb.com is compiling a list of the top uncommitted players in the classes of 2020-22. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top boys players in Illinois in the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 who have yet to commit to a college or university and have indicated a desire to continue their volleyball careers. The following list includes players who compete at a very high level either for their high school or club teams. All high school coaches and club directors have been invited to contribute to this list. ...

Who are some of the top uncommitted girls in Illinois in the classes of 2020-23? (updated 2/12)

Illprepvb.com is compiling a list of the top uncommitted players in the classes of 2020-23. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top players in Illinois in the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 who have yet to commit to a college or university to continue their volleyball careers. The following list includes players who compete at a very high level either for their high school or club teams. All parents, coaches and club directors are invited to provide the names of their players who should be on the list.If yo...

Where are the Illinois high school top boys’ volleyball recruits headed? (updated 1/17)

Shane Ooms of UNO Boys 18 Elite and Minooka has committed to St. Xavier University and Peter Brown (19) of Chicago Bounce 18 Red and New Trier has committed to continue his career at the University of Southern California. (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 2020...

Former Sandburg star tackles new role as assistant coach at Pepperdine

Matt Pollock (back row, No. 18) was named to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Boys Volleyball Team in 2008. (Sun-Times photo by Jean Lachat. Cover photo courtesy of JVC Civita Castellana) Matt Pollock played professionally overseas after graduating from Pepperdine. (Photo courtesy of JVC Civita Castellana) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comMatt Pollock is excited.But the Orland Park native and 2008 Sandburg graduate is not only excited about his new job as assistant men's volleyball coach at Pepperdine University, where he starr...

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...