That's a wrap for the first AAU boys' tournament with 630, SPVB leading the way

MOD Elite B18 Blue joined Adversity B18 Adidas in the championship bracket of the 18 Open division at last week's AAU Boys National Championship in Orlando. Orlando, Florida – The results from the first AAU Boys National Championships at the Orange County Convention Center this week in Orlando were a mixed bag for the boys from Illinois.But one thing seems certain, the AAU boys’ championships are likely here to stay.“We’re pretty happy with AAUs,” said 630 Volleyball club director Nick Maruyama, whose team walked away with seven medals last...

1st Alliance 15 Gold falls short in USAV title bid; HP Illinois is 11th in Freedom

1st Alliance 15 Gold finished fifth in the 15 Open division at the 2022 USAV Girls Junior National Championship in Indianapolis this week, falling to the eventual national champions in a Gold bracket quarterfinal. INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – Somebody should have told 1st Alliance 15 Gold that the shortest distance between two points in a straight line.Instead, 1st Alliance took a roundabout route to the championship bracket of the 15 Open division at the 2022 USAV Girls Junior National Championship at the Indianapolis Convention Center this wee...

SPVB 18 Blue, 18 Red, 16 White, 1st Alliance 16 Onyx net titles on final day of AAUs

Sports Performance 16 White dropped only one set during the entire tournament to win the 16 Spirit division at the 49th AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday. Orlando, Florida – There are exceptions to the “No sure thing” rule.For example, take the 18 Classic championship match at the 49th AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.There was no way that a Sports Performance team wasn’t going to walk away with a national title. The only question was whether i...

Marshall sticks to the plan; SPVB 15 Red 'aspires' to its own AAU championship

Sports Performance 15 Red defeated Mizuno Northern Lights 15-Red to win the 15 Aspire division at the 49th AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championship Wednesday in Orlando, Florida. Orlando, Florida – The Marshall plan was simple: get the ball to Lauren Jansen. Or Anabelle Troy. Or Lauren Jansen. Or Annabelle Troy.Everybody else? Fight, scratch, claw and play relentless defense.After Sports Performance 17 Marshall surrendered the first set of the 17 Club championship match at the 49th AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championship...

Here are the final Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Girls 18s Club Rankings

SPVB 18 Kahl enjoyed a light moment during the 49th AAU GIrls Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, last weekend. Some will soon be off to college to continue their playing careers. Others to focus on academics. Many have played their final competitive game of volleyball and will concentrate on pursuing careers in law, medicine, education or engineering, or perhaps the most noble and selfless profession of them all.The Class of 2022 provided us with unforgettable moments – both exhilarating and heartbreaking – an...

SPVB 18 Elite, Kahl come up short in AAU title bids; Top Flight 18 Elite takes fifth

SPVB 18 Kahl was all smiles Friday at the AAU Girls National Volleyball Championships in Orlando on Friday, but those smiles turned upside-down after Kahl lost in the 18 Premier championship match to FarOut 18 Black. Orlando, Florida -- Things could have gone better for Sports Performance VBC at the 49th AAU Girls National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday.Sports Performance 18 Elite advanced to the championship match of the 18 Open division, while SPVB 18 Kahl reached the title bout in the 18 Premier division.Both t...

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

(Updated 6/27) Six-foot-3 junior middle hitter Annie Eschenbach (17) of Benet Academy and 1st Alliance VBC has committed to Xavier University. (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 have been submitted so far.If...

Where are Illinois' top boys volleyball recruits in the Class of '22 headed?

(Updated 6/21) Glenbard West's Trevor Powell has committed to the University of Southern California. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com is creating a list of the top boys players in Illinois from the Class of 2022 and beyond 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 2022Julian Abulescu, 6-6, OH, Deerfield/Chicago Bounce VBC, University of California...

Presenting the 2022 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys All-State Team

Lincoln-Way East's Jared Byas was named the Southwest Suburban Conference Player of the Year and led the Griffins to the IHSA championship game. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Today, we are pleased to announce the 2022 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys All-State Volleyball Team, our fourth 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...

Stop No. 12? Good luck. O'Riordan named SPVB/Illprepvb's top player

Jack O'Riordan provided leadership and phenomenal numbers for a young and untested Barrington team that set a program record for wins. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comEverywhere Jack O’Riordan went this season, it seemed all eyes were on him.The Barrington outside hitter consistently drew multiple blockers, while in the stands every fan came to watch him play, some hoping to see him fail.At times, it was sort of like waiting for someone to steal the basketball from Michael Jordan. It didn’t happen often,...