Glenbard West’s streaks end, but they’re still No. 1 in Michio/Illprepvb's book

After playing 22 games in 23 days and suffering its first loss since March 24, Glenbard West entertains West Suburban Silver foe Lyons on Tuesday. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) No sooner had many observers crowned Glenbard West as the inevitable IHSA champion than the Hilltoppers found themselves pushed to the brink by circumstance at the Northside Classic last weekend.All last weekend really proved is that if you take two of the top three players from even the best team in the land and put them on the shelf, it’s very difficult to beat an ...

Latest Michio Chicago boys' rankings, and is it Glenbard West and everybody else?

York's 6-7 sophomore Luke Shorter (22) tries to drive the ball past Hinsdale Central defenders Matthew Hughes (25) and Emmanuel Jurineack (14) during Saturday's tournament in Elmhurst. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Takeaways from last week?After last weekend's showing at Lincoln-Way East, it's becoming more apparent that the IHSA championship is Glenbard West’s to lose.The field of bonafide challengers continues to dwindle.There is growing sentiment for a return to in-person sectional seeding.Not all sectionals are created equal.Some sectio...

Here is an updated list of USAV qualifiers from the Great Lakes Region/Illinois

(Updated 5/4) 1st Alliance 17 Silver went 7-2 and finished second in the 17 USA division at the Windy City National Qualifier to earn a bid to the 2022 USAV Girls Junior National Championship, June 23-July 4, 2022, in Indianapolis, Indiana. USAV Qualified Teams (Updated May 4)2022 USAV Girls Junior National ChampionshipJune 23-July 4, 2022, Indianapolis, Indiana 17 Open1st Alliance 17 Gold (Northern Lights) 17 NationalAdversity G17 Adidas (Great Lakes Region) 17 USA1st Alliance 17 Silver (Windy City)Sky High Adidas 17 Elite (Windy...

There's turnover at the top of Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com boys rankings

Led by Liam O'Neill (14) and Trevor Powell (17), Glenbard West is back in familiar territory ... at the top of the boys volleyball rankings. (Photo by Dave Ruggles). Where were you on Thursday, March 24? That was the day Lincoln-Way East defeated Glenbard West in both teams’ second match of the season, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23. A lot has changed since then. Actually, nothing has changed for Glenbard West. Since that day, the Hilltoppers have won 16 consecutive matches, including a 25-20, 25-15 victory over Marist in the finals of last...

Changes constant in latest Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com boys rankings

Glenbrook North's Evan Uhlig smashed a kill against Lincoln-Way West during the Wheaton Warrenville South Tiger Classic championship match Saturday. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The more things change, the more they stay the same?Not when it comes to the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys High School Rankings.There have been plenty of changes over the past two weeks. But that’s to be expected. Many teams are still finding their way, juggling lineups, searching for the right rotations, and waiting for players to return from injury or … wa...

Marist moves to the top of the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com rankings

Plainfield East's Jace Milka (4) battles Bolingbrook's Tristan Benbow (7) and Andrew Sulima (9) during a match last week. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) A beats B, B beats C, C beats …. who? Marist moves up to the No. 1 spot in the first regular-season Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys High School Rankings following its win over Lincoln-Way East, which in turn defeated previously No. 1-ranked Glenbard West, which in turn can reclaim the top spot if Marist falters at Warren. Or should Marist stumble, will it be supplanted by 2021 surp...

It's qualifying time for teams in latest Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com rankings

The qualifier season really picks up following last weekend's Mideast Qualifier in Indianapolis with local teams travelling from Missouri to Florida to Las Vegas to earn bids to USAV nationals. (Phoot by Dave Ruggles). By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com Editor‘Tis the season …… to compete in a USAV national qualifier.Last weekend’s Mideast Qualifier in Indianapolis, Indiana, was just the tip of the iceberg for USAV qualifiers. Coming up are the Sunshine Classic, the Red Rock Rave, the Show Me qualifier, the Lone Star Classic, the Windy Ci...

No. 1 in Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com rankings, is SPVB 18 Elite No. 1 in nation?

SPVB 18 Elite defeated two of the top three finishers at the NIT Triple Crown tournament, including NIT champion Munciana 18 Samurai, to win the 22 Adidas Bluegrass Tournament in Louisville last weekend. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorNo. 1 in the nation?SPVB 18 Elite stated its case emphatically at last weekend’s 22 Adidas Bluegrass Tournament in Louisville, crushing the teams that finished first and third at the Triple Crown NIT tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, thought by many to be the most prestigious tournament in the na...

Presidents Day winners lead latest Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Girls Rankings

Gwen Wolkow and her SPVB 18 Elite teammates will get a look at some of the top teams in the country, including Triple Crown NIT champion Munciana 18 Samurai, in less than two weeks at the 22 Adidas Bluegrass Tournament. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Some liked it hot. Some liked it cold. Not everyone came home happy. The long Presidents Day weekend is over, and while it was a mixed bag for many Illinois teams, there were a few that stood out. 1st Alliance 15 Gold won the Triple Crown NIT, while 1st Alliance 18 Gold went all the way to ...

Lafata winner Adversity tops Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com rankings

SPVB B16 Alpha won the 16 USA division at last weekend's Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic in St. Louis, Missouri, becoming just one of two No. 1 seeds to win their respective divisions. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorSeeding. It’s not exactly an exact science.Nowhere was that more apparent than at last weekend’s 2022 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri.15 USA top seed? 630 Volleyball 15-2. Result? Lost in a Gold bracket quarterfinal.16 Open? C2 16 Boys SMACK (Hendersonville, Tennessee). Result? ...