SPVB 18 Elite vs. SPVB 16 Elite highlights Day 2 of the Great Lakes Power League

Young Illini Elite 16 Cardinal, which features eighth-grader Kenna Wollard (front row, far left) and freshman Averie Hernandez of Normal West (top row, second from right), is 3-1 after two days of the Great Lakes Power League. The two best teams perhaps in any gymnasium in Illinois collided early Sunday in the Great Lakes Power League Division I. SPVB 18 Elite, which returns three players from the team that won the AAU national championship in the 18 Open division last summer, and SPVB 16 Elite, which features nearly all the players w

1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com 2019 Preseason Girls Club Rankings

Here they are: the 2019 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com 2019 Preseason Girls Club Rankings. Rankings are based on coaches' input, last year's club performances and the performances of each club team's players as members of their high school teams last fall. 2019 Preseason Girls Club Rankings18s1. SPVB 18 Elite You can’t go wrong by leading off the rankings with Sports Performance's 18 Elite team, especially with three players back from the squad that won the club’s fifth AAU title in six years after defeating Asics Munciana 18 ...

1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com Boys Club Rankings

The 2019 Boys Winter Volleyball Championships at McCormick Place on January 19-21 will give us a better idea of where the boys club teams stack up, so for the present, here is a way-too-not-so-early look at some of the top club teams in Illinois:Boys Club Rankings18s1. Ultimate B18 Gold Loaded. That’s the best word to describe Ultimate B18 Gold, which features enough talent to split into two teams. Start with Marist’s 6-foot-2 Marty Jepsen, Lincoln-Way West’s 5-11 Ben Puskota and 6-4 Louden Moran and Lincoln-Way Central’s 6-2 Jack Yurkanin ...

1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com Final 2018 Girls’ Club Rankings

On Sunday, Illprepvb.com will release its 2019 girls' club preseason rankings. Meanwhile, here is a look back at the final rankings of the 2018 campaign. 18s 1. SPVB 18 Elite (1)Note: SPVB 18 Elite defeated nemesis Asics Munciana 18 Samurai (Indiana) twice in 24 hours at the 45th AAU Girls' and Boys' Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, to claim its fifth national title in the last six years. Six-foot-4 junior outside hitter Taylor Landfair was named MVP of the tournament and was joined on the All-American team ...

Where are Illinois’ top girls’ volleyball recruits heading? (updated 1/10)

Batavia outside hitter Maddy Boyer recently signed her national letter of intent to play at Valparaiso. Class of 2019Loren Alberts, 5-10, OH/MB, Huntley/Club Fusion, Daemen UniversityLeah Anderson, 5-11, OH, Bloomington/Illini Elite VBC, University of Southern IndianaCarley Baughman, 5-11, MH, Normal West/Illini Elite VBC, Robert Morris UniversityEmma Baxter, 5-5, L, Joliet West, Clarkson University (New York) Nicki Bechtold, 5-9, OH, Lincoln-Way East/Ultimate Volleyball Club, Valparaiso UniversityRaeann Bergman, 6-5, MB, Stockton/VC Unite...

Where are the top boys’ volleyball recruits going?

The Class of 2009 (above) was loaded with top volleyball recruits. Ten years later, Illinois has produced another solid class. (Photo by Rich Chapman) 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, Timothy Christian/Sports Performance, Lindenwood UniversityRaShawn Bonner, 6-6, MH, Lyons Township/Hitmen Volleyball Club, Lindenwood UniversityJack Bolz, 6-7, OPP, Maine South/D1 Volleyball Club, Georg...

Twins Breelyn and Brooklyn Borum — there were never such devoted (and competitive) sisters

SPVB 16 Elite features (front row, from left) Brooklyn Borum (Sterling), Emily Wilson (Joliet Catholic), Ariel Amaya (Plainfield North), Breelyn Borum (Sterling) and Zayna Meyer (Wheaton Warrenville South), and (back row, from left) Lauren Nyong (Aurora Christian), Leah Bylut (Shepard), Alexis Rodriguez (Sterling) and Ellie Hall (Naperville North). Missing is Abbey Clarke (Oswego East). No matter what the sport, no matter what the season, twins Breelyn and Brooklyn Borum of Sterling have been competing against and with each other as long a...

Setters who train at 1st Alliance Volleyball Club get it done on the court

Marist's Katie Mather (11) developed her setting skills at 1st Alliance Volleyball Club. Question: What do Marist’s Katie Mather and Molly Murrihy (Memphis) and Downers Grove North’s Elizabeth Dunlap, who led their respective high school teams to the IHSA Class 4A semifinals within the past two years, have in common? Or former Chicago area standouts like Katie Wagner of Glenbard West, Ashley Holder (Akron) of Mother McAuley, Sarah Rose (Marquette) of York and Emma Decker (Villanova) of Nazareth, and current Nazareth standout Ella Sa...

Epic United Volleyball is a ‘hidden’ gem nestled along the Illinois/Indiana border

Epic United draws girls from throughout southeast Cook County in Illinois and northwest Lake County in Indiana. Tucked away in the southeast corner of Cook County and the northwest part of Lake County Indiana is a little gem of a volleyball club – Epic United Volleyball. “We like to call ourselves the ‘hidden’ club,” said co-owner, coach and club director Ryan Summers.Epic United Volleyball is a combination of the old Altitude Volleyball and Diamond Elite Volleyball Academy. The 2013 merger was an effort to provide area players and parents...

Illini Elite gets ready for 2019 campaign with new facility, loads of young talent

Illini Elite recently moved into its new 34,000-square-foot facility in downstate Bloomington. When lllini Elite Volleyball Club in downstate Bloomington opened its doors in 1998, 13 girls showed up for tryouts. Today, the club’s programs have grown to include more than 60 teams with more than 650 players and coaches. It is now one of the largest volleyball clubs in Illinois by membership and is widely regarded as the premier volleyball club in central Illinois. Reflecting that success and to accommodate its growth, last month the club...