Sky High Adidas 17 Black wins WCPL 18/17s Division; Fusion 18 Red snares final bid

Sky High Adidas 17 Black won the Windy City Power League 18/17s Division after holding a slim 4-point lead over Michio Chicago 18 National heading into Sunday's final league date. Sky High 17 Adidas 17 Black wrapped up the Windy City Power League 18/17s Division title before it even took the floor Sunday. Sky High held a 4-point advantage over its nearest competitor, Michio Chicago 18 National, heading into the final day of league play Sunday at the 1st Alliance Volleyball Center in Woodridge. And when Michio Chicago 17 National su...

Windy City Power League 18/17s division edges closer to dramatic finish

Fusion 18 Red's 21-25, 25-23, 15-13 victory Saturday over Michio Chicago 18 National gave Sky High 17 Adidas a little breathing room in the race for the Windy City Power League 18/17s Division title. “Sometimes volleyball is hard … “… and it continues to be,” said Sky High Adidas 17 Black coach Michelle Jakubowski. Sky High Adidas 17 Black had to grind it out through three three-set matches, but the team from Crystal Lake inched closer to winning the Windy City Power League 18/17s Division on Saturday when its closest competito...

Libertyville, St. Charles North have big shoes to fill; Carmel builds around Scott

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Carmel, Fenwick, Grayslake Central, Libertyville and St. Charles North. School: Carmel Conference: East Suburban Catholic Head coach: Kevin Nylen (12th season) Last season’s highlights: 22-12 overall, 5-3 in conference, defeated Stevenson, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22, in regional final, lost to Barrington, 25-20, 25-19, in a sectional semifinal. Top returnees: 6-7 senior outside hitter Mike Scott (154 Kills, .414 hitting efficiency, 37 blocks as...

Oak Park-River Forest poised for run; Northtown, R-B debut in new leagues

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Argo, CSIS Northtown Academy, Lemont, Metea Valley, Oak Park-River Forest and Riverside-Brookfield. School: Argo Conference: South Suburban Head coach: Ryan Skendzel Last season’s highlights: 13-13-3 overall, 4-6 in conference, lost to Wheaton Warrenville South, 25-18, 25-13, in a regional quarterfinal. Top returnees: 5-9 junior outside hitter Cincere Colbert (131 kills, 117 digs), 6-1 senior middle hitter Guillermo Robles (38 kills, 25 ...

Lincoln-Way West ready to finish the job; Deerfield, Vernon Hills set to contend

(photos by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Back of the Yards College Prep, Deerfield, Lincoln-Way West, South Elgin and Vernon Hills. School: Back of the Yards College Prep Conference: Chicago Public League Green South Head coach: Katherine Wu Last season’s highlights: 12-7 overall, 9-0 and conference champions in the Blue North, lost to Cristo Rey Jesuit, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, in a regional quarterfinal. Top returnees: 6-0 senior middle hitter Daming Mei, ...

Saints (Francis, Rita) be praised; can Wheeling, Buffalo Grove contend in MSL East?

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Buffalo Grove, Glenbard North, St. Francis, St. Rita and Wheeling. School: Buffalo Grove Conference: Mid-Suburban East Head coach: Tim Kosiek Last season’s highlights: 15-22, overall, 7-3 in conference (second place), lost to Loyola, 25-22, 25-14, in a regional semifinal. Top returnees: senior outside hitter Ethan Soifer (all-conference), senior outside hitter Marty Gross, senior setter Tommy Gross, junior setter Kyle Orton, senior middl...

Glenbard West eyes fourth title in five years; Oswego East is young, restless

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Glenbard West, Glenbrook South, Hinsdale South, Leyden and Oswego East School: Glenbard West Conference: West Suburban Silver Head coach: Christine Giunta-Mayer Last season’s highlights: 38-4 overall, 6-0 in conference (fifth consecutive conference championship), lost to Neuqua Valley, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, in an IHSA quarterfinal, defeated New Trier, 25-15, 25-22, in the third-place match. Top returnees: ​6-1 senior outside hitter Ryan S...

Downers Grove South short on size; WW South a year older, deeper, better

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Elgin, Downers Grove South, Highland Park. Joliet West, Maine East and Rolling Meadows. School: Elgin Conference: Upstate Eight Head coach: Andy LeGoff Last season’s highlights: 9-27, 1-8 in conference, lost to Fremd, 25-16, 25-11, in a regional quarterfinal. Top returnees: 5-10 senior outside/rightside hitter Damaryan Benton, 5-8 senior setter Joe Hoberg, 5-9 senior libero/defensive specialist David Quezada, 6-2 senior outside hitter Lu...

Addison Trail faces challenging season; Bremen, Belvidere Co-op on the rise

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Addison Trail, Bremen, Belvidere, Lakes, St. Charles East and Warren. School: Addison Trail Conference: West Suburban Gold Head coach: Chad Grant Last season’s highlights: 26-11 overall, 5-1 in conference (conference champion), first place at Rolling Meadows Invite, first place at Willowbrook Invite, lost to Fremd, 16-25, 26-24, 25-18, in a regional final. Top returnees: 6-3 senior outside hitter Justin Werderitch (198 kills, 23 blocks),...

Brown, Heath pack punch for New Trier; Rams’ Brandt one of 11 returnees

Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2019 boys' high school volleyball season with previews of Glenbard East, Grayslake North, Minooka, Naperville North and New Trier. School: Glenbard East Conference: Upstate Eight Head coach: Marci Maier Last season’s highlights: 20-18 overall, 8-2 in conference, lost to Lake Park, 25-14, 25-17, in a regional final. Top returnees: 6-5 senior opposite side hitter Carson Brandt (358 kills, 92 digs, 42 blocks in 2018), 6-4 senior middle blocker Cal Iwinski (94 kills, 88 blocks), 6-3 junior middle b...