Where are Illinois high school top boys’ volleyball recruits headed? (updated 5/18)

Justin Ross (1) of Stevenson and Adversity VBC has committed to Loyola and Peter Brown (19) of Chicago Bounce VBC and New Trier has committed to the University of Southern California. (Photos 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 2020Mike Anderson, 6-6, MB, Plainfie...

Where are Illinois' top girls' volleyball recruits headed? (updated 5/19)

SPVB 18 Elite libero Sarah Konovodoff from Rosary recently announced her intention to continue her career at the University of Northern Iowa. (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 fa...

VC United taking boys, girls volleyball to a new level in the Rockford area

VC United attracts boys and girls from throughout the Rockford and northwest Illinois areas, like 5-11 outside hitter Gracey Lovgren (17) from Stillman Valley. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comEric Schulze had been involved in club volleyball for two decades when he decided to put out his own shingle in 2017.He picked a good place to do it.Schulze was informed by some Rockford-area residents that an area club had dropped its boys’ program and asked if he wanted to help form a new one. At the time, he been coac...

Cook, Stone learning on the fly, while Future soars on the volleyball court

Future 18 Elite features several players from west suburban powerhouses Glenbard West and St. Francis, including James Meinhart and K.J. Glab. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comStarting a business is a heavy lift for anyone, but recent college graduates Nic Cook and Jacob Stone are seeing instant success.The long-time friends decided to hang out their own shingle after the club where Cook was coaching folded last year.Their new venture, Future Volleyball Club, is off to a great start. The Carol Stream-based ...

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...

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, ...