Where are Illinois’ top girls’ volleyball recruits headed? (updated 5/20)

(Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top players in Illinois 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 college or university, please contact us at Illprepvb@gmail.com. Katie Jablonski of Kaneland and Club Fusion 18 Red, w...

Who are some of the top uncommitted Illinois boys in the classes of 2019, 2020? (updated 5/13)

Six-foot-2 junior Anthony Torres (15, on the home page) of Oswego East and 6-6 senior rightside/middle hitter Luke Vozenilek (23) of Hinsdale Central are two 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 2019 and 2020 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 illpr...

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 4/27)

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...

Who are some of the biggest winners, losers under the IHSA’s new classification system?

Despite an enrollment of just 382 students, Belleville Althoff will be competing in Class 4A for the next two years. By Phil Brozynski and Daniel BlakemanOK, boys and girls. It’s time to break out your slide rules, Ouija boards, Magic 8-Balls and super computers.Last week, the IHSA released information about its new two-year classification cycle, which was adopted by the IHSA Board of Directors in June. The classification cycle covers the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.During those two periods, classifications in multi-class sports such ...

Former DeKalb, Sports Performance star now coaching Quincy Notre Dame

Former DeKalb, Sports Performance and Wisconsin star Courtney (nee Thomas) Kvitle is now the head coach at Quincy Notre Dame. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comVolleyball runs through Courtney Kvitle's blood.A standout player at DeKalb High School and Sports Performance Volleyball Club, she went onto achieve All-American status at the University of Wisconsin. As a junior there in 2013, she helped lead the Badgers to an appearance in the NCAA championship match.“That was amazing,” Kvitle said. “It was nothing like I've ever experienced....

Illprepvb.com’s 150 (and more) players who gotta be seen in 2018

Here are 150-plus players who should be on everybody's "must-see" list during the 2018 girls high school season (class status as of Fall 2018 indicated): Loren Alberts, 6-0, Sr., RS/MB, HuntleyBrooke Amann, 5-11, Jr., OH, Woodstock NorthMaggie Bair, 6-2, Sr., MB, Glenbard SouthKennedy Bauer, 5-11, Sr., OH, WatsekaGigi Barr, 6-1, Jr., MH, YorkJoslyn Boyer, 5-6, Sr., L, Montini Cassidy Beshel, 6-0, Sr., OH, Grayslake CentralMaddie Blake, 6-0, Jr., OH, Crystal Lake CentralBreelyn Borum, 5-11, So., S, SterlingBrooklyn Borum, 6-1, So., OH, St...