Presenting the first Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com girls H.S. regular-season rankings

Wheaton Warrenville South and sophomore Rebecca Bellows (17) hope to get another shot at top-seeded Loyola at this week's Wheaton Classic. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Breese Mater Dei, Illprepvb.com’s No. 1 team in Class 2A, had its own way last weekend at the Crossroads Classic at Effingham. This weekend, it’s the big schools' turn.The annual Wheaton Classic begins Wednesday with pool play at Wheaton Warrenville South and Wheaton North. And if all goes well, the championship match should wrap up sometime Saturday before midnight.Loyola, un...

Presenting the Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com 2021 girls H.S. preseason rankings

Plainfield North's Ella Wrobel (17, far right) is widely considered the best player in the state and will join Big Ten power Wisconsin after graduating this spring. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) You know the season is thisclose when somebody starts asking about rankings. So here we go. Maybe not the answer they’re looking for, but by all calculations, our best guess.Marist, Illprepvb.com’s No. 1 Class 4A team in the preseason in 2018 and again in 2019, is the preseason favorite in 4A again this fall. Marist went on to win it all in 2018, b...

Final 2019 Michio Chicago/Illprepvb.com rankings, and what lies ahead?

Zayna Meyer (left) and Wheaton Warrenville South rode some mid-season changes to the IHSA Class 4A finals at Redbird Arena. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The 2019 season is in the record books.Newark and Sterling repeated. Benet denied Marist’s bid to three-peat. St. Teresa ruled Class 2A. But once again, the tournament reinforced the idea that the final eight teams in each class, if not the final 16, should be seeded, and the “rolling of the peas” abandoned. And while they’re at it, “geographic representation” should be trashed, too.The...

Presenting the final 2021 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com All Girls Club Rankings

SPVB 18 Elite, which finished second at the 48th AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships and during the season posted five wins and no losses against teams that finished in the top five in the 18 Open division at the 2021 USAV Girls 18 Junior National Championship in Columbus, Ohio, earned the No. 1 ranking in the final 2021 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com Girls Club Rankings. Somebody did not do their homework. The 48th AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships wrapped up late last month, and in the Girls 18 Open championsh...

Here are the final 2021 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com Boys All Club Rankings

Pipeline 18-1 advanced to the championship match of the 18 USA division at the USAV Boys Junior National Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. The party is over … for at least a few weeks.A chaotic boys’ club volleyball season – which began last fall with tryouts, took a brief hiatus during an abbreviated boys’ high school season, and resumed with practice ahead of the USAV Boys Junior National Championships, all with the specter of COVID hanging over participants and spectators alike – is finally over.    Time to res...

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

Glenbrook North complete just the sixth unbeaten season (albeit an abbreviated one) for an Illinois boys' volleyball team when it defeated Lake Park, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19, Saturday at Glenbard West. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) After weeks and weeks of speculation (will we or won’t we?), we did.The 2021 boys’ volleyball season ended with an IHSA-sponsored tournament. And though, as always, it was far from perfect – sectional imbalance and “geographic representation” continue to be issues the IHSA refuses to address – somehow, the two best te...

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...