Durand ‘family’ eyes return to state; Sandburg looking for a little love

Payson Seymour must replace its top two attackers as it seeks to defend its Class 1A state title. Illprepvb.com begins its coverage of the 2018 Illinois girls high school season with the first set of previews.   School: Downers Grove SouthConference: West Suburban GoldHead coach:  Kristee Conrad (1st year)Last season’s highlights: 18-17 overall, 5-0 in conference, lost to Wheaton North, 25-14, 25-10, in Class 4A regional semifinal.Top returnees: Six-foot all-conference outside hitter Lucy Dumford (High Point University), 5-9 junior ...

Illprepvb.com’s 150 (and more) players who gotta be seen in 2018

Here are 150-plus players who should be on everybody's "must-see" list during the 2018 girls high school season (class status as of Fall 2018 indicated): Loren Alberts, 6-0, Sr., RS/MB, HuntleyBrooke Amann, 5-11, Jr., OH, Woodstock NorthMaggie Bair, 6-2, Sr., MB, Glenbard SouthKennedy Bauer, 5-11, Sr., OH, WatsekaGigi Barr, 6-1, Jr., MH, YorkJoslyn Boyer, 5-6, Sr., L, Montini Cassidy Beshel, 6-0, Sr., OH, Grayslake CentralMaddie Blake, 6-0, Jr., OH, Crystal Lake CentralBreelyn Borum, 5-11, So., S, SterlingBrooklyn Borum, 6-1, So., OH, St...

Grygo heads Illprepvb.com all-state team

Where would Addison Trail have been without Jacob Grygo? The 6-foot-5 senior setter did it all for the Trail Blazers – setting hitting, digging, blocking, selling concessions, hawking programs in the stands. OK, maybe not the last two. But the 2018 Illprepvb.com Player of the Year defined the word “all-around volleyball player.” “This guy is undoubtedly the Most Valuable Player on any team,” Addison Trail coach Chad Grant said. “We really only won four matches comfortably and lost once badly, so all of our matches were competitive a...

Brittany Welch begins a new life after Resurrection

Following a career that included nearly 1,200 kills, 750 digs, 100 aces, 140 blocks, every conceivable school record and a state runner-up trophy, Brittany Welch is beginning life after Resurrection. “It's something that I’ll never forget,” Welch said about her high school career at the northwest side of Chicago school. “I miss it so much. I would go back if I could. They (her teammates and friends) all said, ‘Stay home, stay home.’ But I can’t. “It’s a long way from home, but I like it here,” she said. “Here” is New Me...

Kane County 18 Gold as good as … well, gold

KC Johnsen has been coaching volleyball for a long time, but he might never have had a group as resilient as this season’s Kane County 18 Gold team.Minus one of the two seniors on the team and with a roster featuring two sophomores and five juniors, Kane County 18 Gold won the 18 Open division at the 2018 Asics National Jr. Volleyball Championships June 15-19 at Navy Pier.“I’m really proud of this group of kids and how resilient they were,” said Johnsen, who founded Kane County Juniors 20 years ago and coached at Geneva for 13 years. “They ...

Where are Illprepvb.com’s top girls recruits going? (updated)

Joliet Catholic's Emily Jones (Fredonia State, New York), Emmie Naal (North Central College) and Nico Meyer (Georgia Southern) with their coach Chris Scheibe. Illprepvb.com presents where many of the top high school girls players in Illinois will be heading to continue their volleyball careers. Class of 2018 Nicole Acton, 6-1, MB, Geneva/Club Fusion, Carthage College Temi Adekoya, 5-9, OH, Marian Catholic/Michio Chicago, University of Chicago Mica Allison, 6-1, S, (Champaign) St. Thomas More/Illini Elite Volleyball Club, Auburn ...

SPVB 18 Elite stuns Munciana Samurai twice, wins national AAU title

Author Alan Lewis once said, “If at first you don’t succeed, get a bigger hammer.” Sports Performance 18 Elite didn’t get a bigger hammer. It got a pile driver. After snapping Asics Munciana 18 Samurai’s 56-match winning streak in Round 3 of Gold pool play on Wednesday, the crew from Aurora beat the defending national AAU champions a second time 24 hours later, 25-23, 12-25, 15-11, to win the 18 Open division championship of the 45th AAU Boys and Girls Junior National Championships in Orlando, Florida. This after SPVB 1...

SPVB 18 Alpha wins USA division; Ultimate 17 Gold, Adversity 16 Purple take second at BJNC

18 USA division champions SPVB 18 Alpha went 9-2 and won the 18 USA division of the 2018 USAV Boys Junior National Volleyball Championships in Phoenix, Arizona. It was the Aurora-based club's first boys title at BJNCs. "(Head coach Victoria Vandeleur) and I both wore pink pants," joked assistant coach Susie Nelson. "I think that's what clinched it." Team members are Edward Jakubauskas, Parker Nelson, Jakub Migus, Cameron Menini, Matthew Russo, John Kenny, Petar Lumovic, Jeremy Cardenas, Ryan Swartz, Matthew Nealon, John Davis and Andr...

Adversity amps up for bigger, brighter future

New personnel. New facility. New energy.Founded by former USA Women’s National Sitting Volleyball and USAV CAP Level 5 coach Mike Hulett, Adversity Volleyball Club has been around for more than 20 years. But the Vernon Hills-based club is getting a complete overhaul from top to bottom.“We plan to take over the world,” said Adversity’s new boys’ program director Keith Kujawa, half-kidding and half-serious. “We have a lot of great things that will be happening here now and over the next few years.”The “overhaul” began recently with the hiring o...

Where are Illprepvb.com’s top boys recruits going?

  What schools have some of the top recruits in Illinois committed to?   Class of 2018   J.T. Ardell, 6-10, MH, Glenbard West, Sports Performance, PepperdineErick Avila, 6-0, L/DS, Morton East, Ultimate VBC, Loras CollegeDanny Barlas, 6-1, OH, Andrew, Ultimate VBC, Loras CollegeMatthew Binkus, 6-4, MH, Plainfield East, Club 1, Milwaukee School of EngineeringMark Brooks, 6-3, OH, Marian Catholic, Ultimate VBC, CarthageTony Brooks, 5-11, OH, Belleville West, St. Louis High Performance, FontbonneJoe Claffy, 6-3,...