After 40 years as head coach, former Lockport boss Hudson hangs up clipboard

Former Lockport head coach Julia Hudson retired from coaching after wrapping up an eight-year career at Evansville North High School. Julie Hudson led Lockport to the 1993 IHSA Class AA title with a team that was unbeaten against opponents from Illinois. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comJulia Hudson was interviewed nine years ago as she prepared to enter her last season as girls’ volleyball coach at Lockport. “Please don’t use the word, ‘last,’” Hudson said at that time. “Please find another word, because that sounds so final....

Illinois boys', girls' club volleyball tryouts set to begin Sunday, August 30

Pipeline (foreground) and UNO are among the Illinois clubs that have set tryouts for their boys' teams on Sunday, August 30. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Boys' and girls' club tryouts will be held beginning Sunday, August 30. Here is a list of some area clubs and their tryout schedules:BoysUNO Volleyball Club570 Joyce RoadJoliet, Ill.Phone: (815) 630-2976Sunday, August 3018U & 17USession 1: 9:00-10:00 a.m.Session 2: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.16U & 15USession 1: 1:00-2:00 p.m.Session 2: 3:00-4:00 p.m.14 & underSession 1: 5:00-6:00 p.m...

Batavia earns USMC/AVCA academic award for the 23rd consecutive year

The 2019 Batavia varsity volleyball team has been awarded the United States Marines Corps (USMC)/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 academic year. The 2019 Batavia varsity volleyball team has been awarded the United States Marines Corps (USMC)/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 academic year. The team earned an impressive cumulative grade point average of 3.84 despite the move to remote learning during second semester. Batavia has won th...

Edwardsville's Sellers uses unscheduled break to create volleyball strategy game

Max Sellers, whose love of volleyball and interest in computers led to the creation of a unique volleyball strategy game, will continue his volleyball career at Augustana College in Rock Island. Edwardsville's Max Sellers played club ball for High Performance St. Louis. By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comWhen the COVID-19 pandemic derailed his senior season, Max Sellers put his unexpected free time to good use.The libero from Edwardsville, who will continue his volleyball career at Augustana College in Rock Island, combined his love...

IHSA moves girls' volleyball to 'spring,' boys' volleyball season to 'summer'

The IHSA released a revised schedule for girls' and boys' volleyball, which means that scenes like this played out last November will have to wait until April or May of 2021, if at all. Some Illinois high schools plan to reopen as usual this fall. Others plan to use a “hybrid” approach format, combining in-person and e-learning. Then there are those high schools that will rely entirely on e-learning for the first semester.But whatever their differences are and whichever learning format they employ, they all have one thing in common – th...

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Delaying girls’ high school volleyball until spring would be an “absolute disaster”

These 2019 graduates of Mother McAuley were able to complete their senior season. But what does the future hold for the teammates they leave behind? Stevenson High School officials announced last week that the Lincolnshire campus would essentially remain off limits to the school's nearly 4,400 students when the 2020-21 term begins August 17, likely for the entire first semester. Elgin-based School District U-46 announced that its 38,000-plus students will learn remotely during the first seven weeks of the upcoming school year, while Glen...

Driven to near-suicide by a friend’s death, she finds hope, courage, and a cause

Former Downers Grove South setter Addy Karmik (11) struggled with anxiety, depression and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the death of club teammate Beth Dunlap. Former Downers Grove South setter Addy Karmik survived a suicide attempt and now advocates for mental health awareness. By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comAddy Karmik suffered in silence for too long.Now she is determined to ensure others don’t do the same.Karmik, the former Downers Grove South setter who is an incoming freshman at the University of Wiscons...

Top Flight VBC ready to take flight at AAU nationals in Orlando

Top Flight Volleyball Club, which is based in Elgin, is sending five teams to the 47th Annual AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships this week in Orlando, Florida. Top Flight 18 Theta coach Jake Mattern. By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comTop Flight Volleyball Club didn’t take long to live up to its name.In the 12 years since Cindy Gritzman founded the club with her husband, Sean, the Elgin-based organization has won 15 national titles and grown from an initial 90 players to nearly 2,500. More than 100 Top Flight alums ...

Illprepvb.com recognizes contributions of 15 IHSA officials to girls, boys volleyball

Terri Narantic has officiated seven boys' state finals and was named the IHSA Boys Volleyball Official of the Year in 2007. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) “Without officials, it’s just recess.” High school officials protect the integrity of the games student-athletes play by demonstrating qualities like honesty, objectivity, consistency, courage and common sense. They help student-athletes learn life lessons that will benefit them for a lifetime.Illinois has been fortunate to have volleyball officials who are among the best in the business....