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...

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

SPVB B18 Elite, SPVB 18 Lenny and Ultimate B16 Gold all won their respective Open divisions at the 21 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic last weekend in St. Louis. The 21 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic at America’s Center in St. Louis wrapped up play Sunday and Great Lakes Region teams turned in a number of stellar performances.Two Sports Performance teams walked away with championships – SPVB B18 Elite and SPVB 18 Lenny. Lenny had also won the tournament in 2020 while SPVB 18 Elite was looking to improve upon a sixth-place finish at the...

Here are the latest 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com Girls 15 Club Rankings

ESVBC Elite 15U Ice (Eastside Volleyball Club, East Peoria) joins the rankings after winning the Midwest Challenge at Academy Volleyball Club in Indianapolis on January 30-31. This is the last installment of Illprepvb.com’s latest look at some of the top clubs in Illinois in their respective age groups.Like we said back in December, the 15s are always the most difficult to predict for a number of reasons. This season, that uncertainty was magnified partly because many 14s experienced a shortened competitive season in 2020, and in some...

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

Most Illinois 16s will be in action during the Presidents Day holiday at tournaments from Indiana to Nebraska. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) The first thing you notice when you try to track down records of teams you think should be ranked is that while the Illinois COVID-19 restrictions were in place, everyone went anywhere to find someone to play.Wisconsin. Indiana, Iowa. Tennessee. Alabama. Kids may be learning from home, but they are still getting an education in geography.Meanwhile, Illinois clubs are gearing up for one of several Presid...

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

1st Alliance 17 Silver finished seventh in the 17 Open division at last weekend's Northern Lights Qualifier in Omaha, Nebraska. When they were good, they were exceptionally good. When they were not as good, you had to take it with a grain of salt.Illinois’ 17s proved to be a mixed bag last weekend at the Northern Lights Qualifier in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Central Zone Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nevertheless, given that it was the first time out of the house for many Illinois clubs, the results were promising.Making the bi...

Here are the latest 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com Boys 18 Club Rankings

SPVB 18 Lenny came up short in its bid to win a third consecutive 18 USA title at last weekend's Winter Volleyball Championship in Indianapolis. In two weekends, the boys from Aurora will go for their second consecutive USA crown at the 21 Dennis Lafata Boys Bid Classic in St. Louis. Indianapolis was not hospitable to a lot of teams from Illinois last weekend, but then again, like their sisters, the boys from the Land of Lincoln have been behind the eight ball compared to their brethren from outside Illinois where COVID-19 restrictions...

Here are the first 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com Girls 18 Club Rankings

Michio Chicago 18 National won the Girls 18 USA division at last weekend's Winter Volleyball Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indianapolis is in the books. And after traveling to compete in nearby states like Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana, where COVID-19 restrictions were not as severe, Illinois clubs now have the go-ahead to begin scheduling competition in-state.Meanwhile, the qualifier season continues this weekend with the Northern Lights Qualifier Friday through Sunday at the CHI-Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The qualifier o...