Benet’s 10-1 closing run in third set ends Marist’s reign at Wheaton Classic

Benet middle hitter Maeve Nelligan slams a kill past Wheaton Warrenville South's Kaileigh Ammons during the Redwings' quarterfinal victory Saturday at the Wheaton Classic. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Momentum. It’s fickle. Momentum is a cliché in volleyball. Every coach and every player talks about it. But it was never more applicable than in Saturday’s championship match of the Wheaton Classic at Wheaton Warrenville South.After Marist took a timeout trailing 14-10 to Benet in the third set of the championship match, the two-time defending to...

Crystal Lake Central wins Preview, earns berth in next year’s Asics Challenge

Crystal Lake Central defeated Andrew at the Mother McAuley Preview tournament Saturday to earn a berth in next October's Asics Challenge. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comMaddy McCormick just wanted to get it over. So that's exactly what the Crystal Lake Central junior outside hitter did.Her match-ending kill gave the Tigers a 25-18, 25-23 win over upstart Andrew on Saturday in the title match of the Mother McAuley Preview Invite.With the championship match already starting nearly an hour late, and at least an hour-and-a-half ride hom...

Rosary getting ready for a new (2A) day; IC Prep reaches Silver at Tiger Classic

Jessica Gardella (17), Sarah Konovodoff (2), Paige Gardella (11) and their Rosary teammates hope to find success in the IHSA Class 2A tournament later this season. Rosary is among the schools that joined the exodus from Class 3A to 2A this season thanks to the IHSA’s new enrollment policy. But was it really that much of a blessing?Sure, Rosary will avoid perennial nemesis and Metro Suburban Conference foe St. Francis in the playoffs.  Nazareth is out of the picture, too. “We’re excited about the opportunity to play in 2A this year...

McAuley ends De La Salle’s season-opening win streak; Benet, Gregus stymie Nazareth

Ella Sandt and her Nazareth teammates had trouble containing Benet and outside hitter Sophie Gregus Tuesday in Lisle. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.com De La Salle still believes.The Meteors saw their unbeaten start to the season end Tuesday. They battled, but fell short in a 25-20, 25-20 loss to host Mother McAuley in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Division opener for both teams.It was the sixth win in seven matches for the Mighty Macs (6-5), while De La Salle (8-1) saw its eight-match winning streak end. “We played ...

Plainfield North shocks No. 3 Belleville Althoff to win Crossroads Classic

Ariel Amaya (13) and her Plainfield North teammates defeated Breese Mater Dei, Breese Central and Belleville Althoff to win the Crossroads Classic Saturday in Effingham, (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Zach RaineySpecial to Illprepvb.com Surprise. The Plainfield North Tigers, not even seeded among the top eight teams, defeated Illprepvb.com No. 3 (4A) ranked Belleville Althoff, 25-23, 25-22, to win the 28th Annual Crossroads Classic Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Effingham.The road was not an easy one however, as the Tigers had to defeat ...

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Knights bring about the fall of the Romans, Tortorello at Niles West invite

Latin, last year's Class 3A fourth-place finisher, has a lot of new faces and a new coach, and a junior setter who is certain to draw a lot of interest from college coaches. Charlotte Cronister. 150 kills. 400 digs. Graduated. Moved on to Northwestern.Kelsey Watkins. 150 kills, 60 blocks. 50 aces. Graduated. Moved on to Furman. Julia Kinder. 230 kills. 100 digs. Graduated. Bryn Kehoe. Married. Left after a two-year stint as head coach.This is not the same Latin team that defeated St. Francis, 25-18, 25-18, in a supersectional last fall...

Krasowski really digs what Sandburg’s doing as the Eagles win at Joliet Catholic

Sandburg extended its season-opening winning streak to 10 with a straight-set win Thursday at Joliet Catholic. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comThe smallest girl on the court continues to make a big impact.Rachel Krasowski is listed at 5-foot-3. But the Sandburg senior libero, who is a four-year varsity player, admits that she's not quite that tall.“I'm happy I'm listed as that, and I will take it,” Krasowski said. “But I'm probably 5-foot-2.” Five-foot-2 or 5-foot-3, Krasowski’s steady defensive influence is ...

Mother McAuley breaks into the win column, defeats visiting St. Francis

Mother McAuley earned its first win of the season Wednesday against visiting St. Francis. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comMother McAuley knew the victory would come. The Mighty Macs just didn't know when.It came Wednesday evening as the Mighty Macs clicked like they believed they could and pulled away down the stretch of each set for a 25-17, 25-19 victory over visiting St. Francis.  The win was the first of the season for McAuley (1-4), which likely had more than a few folks scrambling for the record books during their ina...

Minooka stuns Lockport with late rally; Benet closes out Joliet Catholic

Lockport's Leena Ajibola (shown here earlier in the season against Plainfield North) had 7 kills for the Porters, but it wasn't enough as Minooka erased an 18-10 deficit in Game 2 to win the match in three sets. )Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comMinooka was down, but not out.For a set-and-two-thirds, Lockport had its way with the host Indians. It appeared that the Porters were well on the way to a breakthrough victory. Not so fast. The Indians regrouped and ended the last two sets with combined bursts...