Here are the latest 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com Girls 16s Club Rankings

All work and no play makes for a very long day, so these Eastside Volleyball Club 16U Thunder girls took time out to enjoy pizza night at Brienzo's Wood Fired Pizza in Peoria Heights. Fox Force Five?Any fan of Quentin Tarantino and “Pulp Fiction” will remember the fictional TV series pilot that starred Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), which she referred to as her “15 minutes.” The show followed the exploits of an all-female team of secret agents, each having a particular specialty.The fictional show was later mentioned in “The Lego Batman Movie...

Here are the final regular-season 1st Alliance/Illprepvb.com Boys High School Rankings

Downers Grove South (attacking) is among the teams hoping to advance to the IHSA quarterfinals June 18-19 at Glenbard West. The 2021 IHSA boys’ volleyball tournament will have some unfamiliar wrinkles.One noticeable change in the 2021 tournament is the number of teams competing – 186. That is significantly fewer than the 229 teams entered in the 2019 tournament. Why the sudden drop? Fewer Chicago Public Schools, many of which did not field teams at all this spring due to COVID-19.Secondly, the state finals will not be held at Hoffman Es...

Here are the latest 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com 17s Girls Club Rankings

1st Alliance 17 Silver takes over the top spot in the latest 17s rankings despite going 1-6 at the Triple Crown NIT in Kansas City, Missouri, last weekend. While the Illinois boys’ high school season enter the home stretch, the girls club season continues in earnest for the 17-and-under age groups.  Local clubs have been in action at the Triple Crown NIT in Kansas City, Missouri, May 29-31, and the 2021 adidas Windy City National Qualifier in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 14-16, among other events both local and out-of-state.Looming o...

Here are the Illprepvb.com/1st Alliance VBC Boys High School Volleyball Rankings

Three years ago, St. Francis coach Mike Lynch won his 500th career game. Is this the year he wins his first IHSA championship? Game on. Last week, the IHSA board OK’d a state tournament series for boys’ volleyball in anticipation of the relaxing of Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines on June 11. Sectional assignments have already been announced, and seeding is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19. The state finals will take place Friday-Saturday, June 18-19, at a yet-to-be-disclosed location.“We are excited to be able to of...

Adversity takes second at USAVs, first in Illprepvb.com/1st Alliance VBC 18s Rankings

Adversity G18 Adidas poses with their silver medals Sunday at the 2021 USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championship in Columbus, Ohio, Adversity nearly overcame.Nearly.After dropping the first set, 25-19, to Premier Nebraska 18 Gold (Omaha, Nebraska), in the championship match of the 18 Open division at the 2021 USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championship in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, Adversity rallied to take the second set, 25-19.The girls from Vernon Hills then eased to leads of 8-6 and 10-8 in the third set. But Premier went on a ...

Adversity G18 Adidas holds on to top spot in latest 1st Alliance/Illprepvb.com Rankings

Ella Wrobel and her SPVB 18 Elite teammates won last weekend's 21 Adidas Bluegrass Tournament Week 2 event, and are eyeing a rematch with Asics Munciana 18 Samurai in two weeks at the Showdown in the Smokies. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The high school and club volleyball careers of hundreds of Illinois girls are ending in the next few weeks.A few fortunate ones will compete at the 2021 USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championship in Columbus, Ohio, April 23-25, while others will don their high school uniforms for the final time in the days...

Here are the latest 1st Alliance/Illprepvb.com All Girls Club Rankings

That's what friends are for. Adversity G18 Adidas not won the 21 Nike Mideast Qualifier to snag an Open bid to nationals, their victory paved the way for Fusion 18 Red, which finished fifth at both the qualifier and the Great Lakes Regional, to receive a "trickle down" bid in the American division. 319 miles. That’s the distance Kayla Daros’ family drove Saturday afternoon moments after final volley of Club Fusion 18 Red's match at the 21 Nike Mideast Qualifier in Louisville, Kentucky, and St. Charles East’s opening tip at St. Franc...

Here are the final regular-season 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com Boys Club Rankings

A number of Illinois club teams will head to the 2021 SCVA Junior Boys Invitational at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, from May 21-23, to either improve their seeding position for nationals or to qualify. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The boys’ club season is winding down – save for the 2021 Southern California Volleyball Association (SCVA) Junior Boys Invitational at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, from May 21-23, and the big one in Kansas City in late June.Twenty-six Illinois-based teams h...

Here are the latest 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com All Girls Club Rankings

Lions 15-1 showed a lot of determination Sunday to defeat Adversity G15 Adidas at UNO Volleyball Club and win the 15 Girls division of the GLR Girls Regional Qualifier. Lions 15-1 outside hitter Elizabeth Sessa tips the ball between Adversity G15 Adidas defenders Morgan Jones (20) and Josilyn Wadas (6). Photo by Dave Ruggles. The GLR Girls Regional Qualifier is in the books. There were a few surprises. There were also some predictable finishes.  What's next?The girls' high school season kicks off Saturday, interrupted briefly ...

1st Alliance 16 Silver's dramatic win highlights busy weekend for local clubs

Club teams from throughout Illinois scattered across the Midwest and beyond to compete in President's Day tournaments. Texas. Nebraska. Missouri, Indiana. Michigan.Illinois teams scattered to the corners of the Midwest – and 1,000 miles to the south – to compete in tournaments over the President’s Day weekend. Four ocal teams earned championships, including Adversity G17 Adidas (17 Open in St. Louis), VC United 161 Elite (16 Premier in Indianapolis) and Springfield Shock 15 Under Armour (AAU STL Crossfire Super Regionals).But none was w...