1st Alliance 18 White wins American division in Kansas City, earns USAV bid

1st Alliance 18 White won the 18 American division at the ASICS Show Me Qualifier in Kansas City, Missouri, April 3-5, to earn a bid to the USA Volleyball 18 Girls Junior National Championship. Team members include Kennedi Bell, Lea Bunch, Delaney Davis, Isabella LaCoco, Jillian MacInnis, Gillian Peterson, Grace Reckamp, Lauren Shroba, Maya Thompson and McKenzie Washington. 1st Alliance 18 White is coached by Madisen Babich.   ...

UNO and Velocity combine to bring family-oriented club to Mokena, Tinley Park area

Twenty-year coaching veteran Hector Kiely will be at the helm of the boys’ program of the newly-formed UNO XP. Released by UNO XPAfter a few months of understanding each other’s capabilities, UNO and Velocity All Sports have come together to form an entity built upon two women’s love of volleyball.Terri Baranski and Cindy See both have played volleyball in college and are joining forces to bring UNO XP (https://www.unoxp.com/) to the volleyball world."Built By Volleyball Families For Volleyball Families."Cindy See played for DePaul as an ...

Where are they now? A look at where 600+ Illinois girls are playing college volleyball

Emily Holbrook (8) of Joliet Catholic and Sports Performance is now playing collegiately at Arizona State. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Illinois not only ranks third among all states in the number of girls who play high school volleyball (behind California and Texas), it is also at the top of the list for the number of its student-athletes who go on to play volleyball in college.So we asked club directors to send us their lists of alumni who are currently playing volleyball at a college or university anywhere in the country. There are nearly 50...

A look at some of Illinois' top uncommitted girls in the classes of 2021-23

Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top girls volleyball players in Illinois in the classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023 who have yet to commit to a college or university to continue their volleyball careers. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top players in Illinois in the classes of 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 par...

A look at some of Illinois' uncommitted boys in the classes of 2021 and 2022

Illprepvb.com is creating a list of Illinois boys in the classes of 2021 and 2022 who have yet to commit to a college or university and have indicated a desire to continue their volleyball careers. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of Illinois boys in the classes of 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 high level either for their high school or club teams. All high school...

Illprepvb.com presents the Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame

St. Francis' Peg Kopec won 12 state titles during her 42-year career, including titles in four classes -- A, AA, 3A and 4A. (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune) Two 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 feel now, as we did then, that the creation of a coaches’ Hall of Fame was long overdue. So here it is – the initial class of the Illprepvb.com Illinois High School Volleyball Coach...

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. ...