Barrington wins MSL title after mounting improbable Game 1 rally

Barrington won its 12th Mid-Suburban League championship and first since 2013 by defeating Buffalo Grove 25-22, 23-25, 25-21 after trailing 9-0 in the first set Wednesday. Coaches consider timeouts precious commodities, to be used judiciously and often to prevent a lead from slipping away. Or not. Barrington coach Michelle Jakubowski burned two timeouts in the first 8 points of the opening set of the Mid-Suburban League Girls Volleyball Championship match Wednesday at Buffalo Grove. She took her first timeout after the Bison sco...

Match of the Week: Lemont may be young, but ‘Dang, they’re pretty good’

Lemont sophomore Amanda Rice, junior Ella Pelen, junior Amy Schwem and junior Nicole Komendant. By Randy Whalen Special to Illprepvb.com It was the final home match of the season for the Lemont volleyball team, but it wasn't Senior Night. That's because there are no seniors on the Lemont roster. So instead of Senior Night, the Indians held a “Volley For The Cause” event and raised around $1,000 to help fight multiple sclerosis. “We were glad to do a volley for the cause instead of Senior Night,” said Lemont coach Chris Zogata, ...

MVP Jakubowski can’t explain it, but Huntley rallies to win Autumnfest

Huntley celebrates its championship Saturday at Autumnfest hosted by Glenbard East. Taylor Jakubowski couldn’t explain it. “I don't even know what happened,” said Huntley’s 5-foot-7 junior setter. “We started playing our game. We started picking up balls a little more, started running a faster offense, and we started putting balls away. And our serving was phenomenal, which got us back.” Huntley looked dead in the water Saturday in Game 1 of the championship match against Benet at Autumnfest hosted by Glenbard East. A kill by Bene...

Benet three times a leader, hangs on twice, upsets No. 1 Marist

Benet's Caitlin Wepfer, Ann Marie Remmes, Kyla Kenney, Valentina Tabares and Rachel Muisenga. Falling behind early in every set is not typically a formula for success. “Especially not here,” said Marist coach Jordan Vidovic, who brought his No. 1-ranked Marist RedHawks to Benet Tuesday afternoon for a rematch of the Wheaton Warrenville South Tiger Classic championship match. “You saw it from them … they were fired up. They brought the energy. They brought the fire right from the beginning. They were obviously more aggressive. You can t...

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Who is this week’s Illprepvb.com ‘Player of the Week?’

Each week during the season, Illprepvb.com will name a "Player of the Week" selected from nominations provided by Illinois volleyball coaches. Coaches can nominate their players by providing a 100-150 word summary of their achievement and a large quality headshot and sending it to illprepvb@gmail.com by noon on Sunday of the week for which they wish to nominate a player. This week’s “Player of the Week” is Nazareth’s 6-foot-2 junior Leilani Dodson. Dodson herlped to lead Nazareth to a 23-25, 25-18, 25-21 victory over St. Charles North and ...

Nazareth survives ‘chaos’ to best St. Charles North at Harvest Fest

Nazareth defeated St. Charles North to win Harvest Fest despite losing middle hitter Leilani Dodson (second from left) to an ankle injury late in the second set of the championship match. By Randy Whalen Special to Illprepvb.com Chaos. The Nazareth volleyball team prepared itself for a chaotic moment all season long. When it happened, the Roadrunners were ready. With one of their top players, junior middle hitter Leilani Dodson, on the bench with her left ankle on ice and elevated for the third set, the Roadrunners didn't flinc...

Huntley overcomes its fear, now puts fear in its opponents

Huntley's (from left) Loren Alberts, Josie Schmitendorf, Sarah Zayas, Taylor Jakubowski, Marissa Deem and Julia Johnson. Fear. It can have a crippling effect on athletes, even on the volleyball court. Huntley experienced a bit of trepidation at the beginning of the season, which included early losses to Fox Valley Conference rivals Prairie Ridge and Crystal Lake Central. “I think we had a lack of confidence in ourselves,” said 6-foot senior middle blocker Marissa Deem. “I think we just didn't know how the season was going to go....

Sandburg clinches a share of SWSC title after beating Lockport

Sandburg, which took a backseat to Lincoln-Way East last year, is back on top the Southwest Suburban Conference after beating Lockport 25-20, 25-22 on the road Thursday. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comBianca May was not on the Sandburg volleyball team last season when the Eagles’ eight-year SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue Division title streak was snapped.But the freshman setter was excited to be part of the team that started a new streak this season.May served a key stretch in the second set as No. 4-ranked Sandburg held off Lo...

Murphysboro, Massac County tie for SIRR Ohio Division title

Massac County and Murphysboro will share the Southern Illinois River-to-River Ohio Division championship after both teams won their final league matches Thursday. It came down the final day of conference play, and both teams held up their end. Five-time defending conference champion Murphysboro earned a share of the Southern Illinois River-to-River Ohio Division championship by defeating Benton 25-18, 25-21 Thursday. Murphysboro will share the conference championship with Massac County, a 25-14, 25-7 winner over West Frankfor...