Glenbard West eyes fourth title in five years; Oswego East is young, restless

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Glenbard West, Glenbrook South, Hinsdale South, Leyden and Oswego East School: Glenbard West Conference: West Suburban Silver Head coach: Christine Giunta-Mayer Last season’s highlights: 38-4 overall, 6-0 in conference (fifth consecutive conference championship), lost to Neuqua Valley, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, in an IHSA quarterfinal, defeated New Trier, 25-15, 25-22, in the third-place match. Top returnees: ​6-1 senior outside hitter Ryan S...

Downers Grove South short on size; WW South a year older, deeper, better

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Elgin, Downers Grove South, Highland Park. Joliet West, Maine East and Rolling Meadows. School: Elgin Conference: Upstate Eight Head coach: Andy LeGoff Last season’s highlights: 9-27, 1-8 in conference, lost to Fremd, 25-16, 25-11, in a regional quarterfinal. Top returnees: 5-10 senior outside/rightside hitter Damaryan Benton, 5-8 senior setter Joe Hoberg, 5-9 senior libero/defensive specialist David Quezada, 6-2 senior outside hitter Lu...

Addison Trail faces challenging season; Bremen, Belvidere Co-op on the rise

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Addison Trail, Bremen, Belvidere, Lakes, St. Charles East and Warren. School: Addison Trail Conference: West Suburban Gold Head coach: Chad Grant Last season’s highlights: 26-11 overall, 5-1 in conference (conference champion), first place at Rolling Meadows Invite, first place at Willowbrook Invite, lost to Fremd, 16-25, 26-24, 25-18, in a regional final. Top returnees: 6-3 senior outside hitter Justin Werderitch (198 kills, 23 blocks),...

Brown, Heath pack punch for New Trier; Rams’ Brandt one of 11 returnees

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Glenbard East, Grayslake North, Minooka, Naperville North and New Trier. School: Glenbard East Conference: Upstate Eight Head coach: Marci Maier Last season’s highlights: 20-18 overall, 8-2 in conference, lost to Lake Park, 25-14, 25-17, in a regional final. Top returnees: 6-5 senior opposite side hitter Carson Brandt (358 kills, 92 digs, 42 blocks in 2018), 6-4 senior middle blocker Cal Iwinski (94 kills, 88 blocks), 6-3 junior middle b...

Close not good enough for Hinsdale Central; St. Ignatius may need “fresh” help

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Hinsdale Central (pictured above), Montini, Rockford East, St. Ignatius and Stagg. School: Hinsdale Central Conference: West Suburban Silver Head Coach: Stephanie Kaegebein Last season’s highlights: 29-11 overall, 4-2 in conference, lost to state runner-up Neuqua Valley, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21, in a sectional final. Top returnees: 6-6 senior outside hitter Cal Snyder (308 kills, 30 blocks in 2018, third-year varsity player, plays club for H...

Final (almost) 2019 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com boys club rankings

The 19 Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Bid Classic is in the books and the boys’ club teams throughout Illinois are disbanding for the high school season, which begins with the first practice Monday. Here’s a look at the final 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com boys’ club rankings before USAV Junior Nationals in June: Boys Club Rankings (previous ranking in parenthesis) 18s 1. Ultimate B18 Gold (1) Ultimate B18 Gold rolled through its first eight matches at the 19 Dennis Lafata Gateway Boys Bid Classic last weekend in St. Louis...

The Latest 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com Girls Club Rankings

(photo by Dave Ruggles) The 2019 Mizuno Showcase at the Wisconsin Dells is complete, and the Windy City Power League is off until the 17&18 Open resumes on March 16-17. Meanwhile, here are the latest 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/Illprepvb.com Girls Club Volleyball Rankings as of March 4. (Previous ranking in parenthesis) 1. SPVB 18 Elite (1) SPVB 18 Elite suffered a hiccup midway through the 2019 Mizuno Showcase at the Wisconsin Dells last weekend, losing  back-to-back matches against Illini Elite 18 Cardinal (17-25, 25-19, 15-1...

Cupboard not bare at Lincoln-Way East, but defending champs have holes to fill

Illprepvb.com continues its preview of the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with a look at defending IHSA champion Lincoln-Way East. School: Lincoln-Way East Conference: Southwest Suburban Last season’s highlights: 39-3 overall, won eighth consecutive conference championship, extended its conference winning streak to 36 and 70 of the last 71, defeated Neuqua Valley, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22, to win IHSA tournament championship. Top returnees: 5-10 senior libero Danny Pacini (three-year starter, plays club for Ultimate 18 Gold, comm...

Barrington retools for another state run; Maine West hopes to build on success

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Barrington (pictured above), Benet, Maine West and Sandburg. Illprepvb.com will continue to provide the best in boys volleyball coverage throughout the season. School: Barrington Conference: Mid-Suburban West Head coach: Rob Ridenour (14th season) Last season’s highlights: 34-6 overall, won Mid-Suburban League championship, won Glenbrook North Northside Classic, finished second at Vernon Hills invite, lost to Glenbard West, 25-12, 25-18, ...

Lake Park, Wheaton North hit hard by graduation; Rockford Boylan eyes history

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Lake Park, Naperville Central, Rockford Boylan, West Aurora and Wheaton North. Illprepvb.com will continue to provide the best in boys volleyball coverage throughout the season. School: Lake Park Conference: DuKane Head coach: Brian Fischer  Last season’s highlights: 32-6 overall, 7-1 in conference (first place), second place at the Wheaton Warrenville South Tiger Classic, third place t Glenbard East Springfest, first place at Downers Gr...