Barrington loaded for another run; St. Francis is mature, focused … and more

Barrington plans to take advantage of Ben Ridgway's (7) versatility as it seeks its third consecutive IHSA quarterfinal berth. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2020 boys' high school volleyball season with another set of team previews. Illprepvb.com provides the best in boys volleyball coverage throughout the season anywhere in the state. School: BarringtonConference: Mid-Suburban WestHead coach: Rob Ridenour (15th season)Last season’s highlights: 29-11 overall,  9-1 in conference (conference co-champ...

Seventh straight final four not out of question for Glenbard West; and more

Glenbard West and outside hitter Nicco Cavalcante (far right) are shooting for their seventh consecutive final four appearance in the IHSA tournament. (Photo by Dave Ruggles). Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2020 boys' high school volleyball season with another set of team previews. Illprepvb.com provides the best in boys volleyball coverage throughout the season anywhere in the state. School: Glenbard WestConference: West Suburban SilverHead coach: Christine Giunta MayerLast season’s highlights: 37-4 overall,6-0 in conferenc...

Maine West building on record season; Lake Park regional streak at 11, and more

Josh Schellinger (11), Luke Nelson (5) and Andrew Deardorff (14) all return for perennial contender Lake Park, which has won 11 consecutive regional titles. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2020 boys' high school volleyball season with another set of team previews. Illprepvb.com provides the best in boys volleyball coverage throughout the season anywhere in the state. School: Lake ParkConference: DuKaneHead coach: Brian FischerLast season’s highlights: 25-12 overall, 4-2 in conference, finis...

USA Volleyball cancels Mid-East, Windy City qualifiers due to COVID-19

Teams that were planning to participate in the Mid-East Qualifier March 20-22 in Indianapolis or the W9ndy City Qualifier April 20-22 will have to find other opportunities to qualify for nationals. USA Volleyball has cancelled the events due to health concerns. Here is the link to the USA Volleyball website:https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/features/usa-volleyball-response-on-coronavirus ...

St. Rita eyes third straight Hoffman trip; Naperville North towers, and more

Colin Dahill (16) is one of four starters returning for St. Rita, which lost a heartbreaking three-setter to New Trier in the 2019 IHSA quarterfinals at Hoffman Estates. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2020 boys' high school volleyball season with another set of team previews. Illprepvb.com provides the best in boys volleyball coverage throughout the season anywhere in the state. School: Metea ValleyConference: DuPage ValleyHead coach: John Aister (10th year, 181-143)Last season’s highlights: 16-22 overa...

Elbows, fist bumps the order of the day as Windy City Power League winds down

Newark's Madi Malone (far right), who recently committed to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her Adversity G17 Adidas teammates battled their way into the Bracket A championship match of the 18&17 Open division Saturday at the 1st Alliance Volleyball Center in Woodridge. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) The congratulatory handshakes before and after every match gave way to knocking elbows and a few scattered fist bumps as participants in the second-to-last day of the Windy City Power League deferred to what is becoming the new nationa...

L-W East looks to continue winning tradition; Benet, Palatine and more

John Glennon (82) is one of three key seniors returning at Lincoln-Way East, which has won 30 or more matches seven times over the last 10 years and claimed the 2018 IHSA championship. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2020 boys' high school volleyball season with another set of team previews. Illprepvb.com provides the best in boys volleyball coverage throughout the season anywhere in the state. School: Benet AcademyConference: East Suburban CatholicHead coach: Jeff SteinbergLast season’s highlig...

More team previews as Illprepvb.com looks at the 2020 boys season

Lyons' 6-foot-8 middle blocker Sam Peters (17, far right) figures to be a force at the net for Lions' coach Brad Skendzel. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2020 boys' high school volleyball season with another set of team previews. Illprepvb.com provides the best in boys volleyball coverage throughout the season anywhere in the state. School: AndrewConference: Southwest SuburbanHead coach: Troy Hari      Last season’s highlights: 12-13 overall, 2-6 in conference, lost to Marist, 25-...

Illprepvb.com's look at the 2020 boys high school volleyball season starts today

Rockford Boylan's Nikos Zydakis (11) is one of four key returnees from a team that went 35-3 and reached a sectional semifinal last season. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) The 2020 IHSA boys volleyball season officially kicks off with the first day of practice on Monday, March 9. Illprepvb.com begins its look at the 2020 boys' high school volleyball season today with our first set of team previews. Illprepvb.com will continue to provide the best in boys high school volleyball coverage throughout the season.School: Bolingbrook   Conferenc...

Sky High Adidas 16 Black shows it can compete with the nation's elite

Sky High Adidas 16 Black flashed its potential when it finished 10th at the 2020 Triple Crown Volleyball NIT two weeks ago. https://youtu.be/FOg54ng8no4 Perhaps no one is harder on Sky High Adidas 16 Black than … Sky High Adidas 16 Black.“I have a lot of perfectionists on this team,” said Sky High Adidas 16 Black coach Steve Bonnem. “You can’t be that in this sport. You have to learn to get over the mistakes and move on from them. Even an elite team is going to make mistakes.”Sky High Adidas 16 Black certainly showed it can be an el...