Final 2019 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com Boys High School Rankings

Photos by Dave Ruggles. Rankings.Part performance. Part guess-work.Eighteen of the final 25 teams ranked at the end of the 2019 season were ranked in the preseason. Some teams that had not been ranked all season or had been in and out of the rankings broke into the final top 25. So here are they are, the final 2019 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com Top 25 Illinois boys’ volleyball teams. Let the discussion begin.(preseason ranking in parentheses) 1. Marist 40-2 (8)Defeated Glenbard West, 25-21, 25-23, in the IHSA championship m...

Jepsen leads Marist into the history books with victory over Glenbard West

Glenbard West's Ryan Swartz had 9 kills to lead the Hilltoppers past New Trier in a semifinal Saturday at Hoffman Estates. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Marist's Marty Jepsen had 8 kills in a semifinal victory over Oak Park-River Forest. Move over, Superman. There’s a new sheriff in town.Marty Jepsen slammed 14 kills on 31 attempts without an error for a staggering .452 kill percentage to lead No. 1-ranked Marist to a 25-21, 25-23 victory over Glenbard West in the championship match of the 2019 IHSA boys’ volleyball tournament Saturday at H...

Marist takes care of business; Glenbard West, Oak Park, New Trier advance at Hoffman Estates

Marist's Rocky Mayer had 4 kills and 6 digs during the RedHawks quarterfinal win over Minooka Friday at Hoffman Estates. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Marist's Nyherowo Omene (left) and Rocky Mayer. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.com“Takin’ Care of Business”The Marist volleyball team probably didn't listen to the classic song by that name before its IHSA quarterfinal match Friday at Hoffman Estates. But that's exactly what the RedHawks did ad they took care of their end of business and coasted to a 25-14, 25-15 victory over Minook...

Marist, momentum could play major roles in determining IHSA champion this weekend

Marty Jepsen leads favored Marist into this weekend's IHSA boys volleyball tournament at Hoffman Estates. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Oak Park setter Sean Califf. Momentum.Volleyball is a game of momentum. How else would you explain some of the IHSA tournament sectional results? Marist dominated defending IHSA champion and No. 2 seed Lincoln-Way East, which seemed to have found its footing toward the latter half of the season, in Tuesday's sectional final at Marist. Barrington defeated a pair of sub-sectional No. 1 seeds -- Boylan Catholic ...

Jepsen, Marist ends Lincoln-Way East’s reign; Brown, New Trier deny Loyola

Lincoln-Way East's Wil McPhilllips finds it tough sledding against the Marist block during Tuesday's sectional championship match at Marist. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Marist junior outside hitter Jake Bonnett had 7 kills during Marist's win Tuesday. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.com Playing his final match on his home court, Marty Jepsen had an opportunity to do something he had never done and the Marist boys’ volleyball team hadn't done in nine years.Get to state.The 6-foot-1 outside hitter made sure he didn’t miss his final opp...

Loyola, New Trier survive; Marist, Lincoln-Way East advance to sectional final

Loyola's 6-foot-6 junior middle hitter Liam Roberts had 6 kills and 4 blocks in Friday's thrilling 25-23, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Glenbrook North in Northbrook. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Loyola's Jack Howard. At Glenbrook North The much-anticipated showdown between top-seeded Loyola and No. 2 New Trier became a reality following Friday's sectional semifinals at Glenbrook North, but not before both teams had to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. Loyola scored the final 6 points of the first set and ran away with the third to defe...

Holubek, Pluskota power Lincoln-Way West past pesky Plainfield North

Lincoln-Way West will meet Minooka for the third time this season in a sectional semifinal Friday at Plainfield North after beating the Tigers Thursday at Oswego. Louden Moran had 4 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks and an ace for the Warriors Thursday at Oswego. Lincoln-Way West got what it wanted, and probably a little more than it bargained for.Six-foot-2 rightside hitter Tyler Holubek and 5-11 outside hitter Ben Pluskota each had 11 kills and 6-1 setter David Flores distributed 28 assists to go with 11 digs as the Warriors held off Plainfield...

Lincoln-Way East stops Stagg; Downers Grove South ends Metea Valley’s run

Downers Grove South will meet No. 2 seed Neuqua Valley Friday at the Hinsdale South Sectional after defeating Metea Valley on Wednesday. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comWith the postseason here, the Lincoln-Way East boys volleyball team knows it's time to bring the energy.That's exactly what the defending IHSA champion Griffins did Wednesday. They came out swinging and went on to a 25-15, 25-20 victory over Stagg in the title match of the Lincoln-Way East Regional. It was the eighth regional championship...

Stagg, Lincoln-Way East advance; Bolingbrook gets Neuqua after upsetting Downers North

Bolingbrook junior setter Paolo Mondini had 31 assists in the No. 10-seeded Raiders' 25-20, 22-25, 25-22 win over No. 7 seed Downers Grove North Tuesday in Bolingbrook. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comMike Kazanecki loves pressure situations.The Stagg outside hitter was at his best Tuesday against Oak Forest. Now he will get another shot against the defending state champions.Kazanecki clubbed a match-high 10 kills and added 6 digs and 3 aces as Stagg defeated Oak Forest, 25-20, 25-19, in the second semifinal...

Metea Valley, Naperville Central live to fight another day at Waubonsie Valley

(Photos by Dave Ruggles) Naperville Central, which had beaten Waubonsie Valley 25-22, 25-11 less than a week ago, probably expected more of the same in both teams’ IHSA regional opener Monday in Aurora. More of the same is not what the Redhawks got, however. “That was too tight for our liking,” said Naperville Central’s 6-foot-2 junior outside hitter Carter Stenmark. Naperville Central (23-13) squandered a 10-6 lead in Game 1 and a 12-7 lead in Game 3, but held on to defeat Waubonsie Valley for the third time this season, 23-25...