York’s top Duke Jack Bute is the Ultimate VBC/Illprepvb.com Player of the Week

York's Jack Bute went from freshman 'B' team setter to one of the top outside hitters in Illinois. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorJack Bute began his high school career buried in the recesses of fieldhouses throughout the western suburbs as a setter on York’s freshman “B” team. But he developed one indispensable skill going into his sophomore year.“I brought Jack up as a sophomore due to his great serve receive, and he killed it in his sophomore year in that role,” said York coach Ken Dowdy. “Talk about an underclassman wh...

Plainfield East’s Tagtmeyer, Francis planning to go out with a bang

Thomas Tagtmeyer (10) crushes a kill between Plainfield South's Dominic Krejci (21) and Milan Gracanin (15) during the Bengals' 25-16, 25-19 victory Thursday. )Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorAfter playing vital roles on a team that went 33-6, won the Southwest Prairie Conference at 10-0 and advanced to the sectional championship before falling to O’Fallon, 25-18, 25-21, Plainfield East seniors Thomas Tagtmeyer and Braxton Francis have their sights set on another long postseason run.  “Thomas has been the guy for...

Mikrut twins put the fight in Brother Rice, which applies a knockout to St. Francis

Gavin Gonzalez (3) and St. Francis were handed their first Catholic League loss Tuesday at Brother Rice. (File photo by Dave Ruggles) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comThere is still a lot of fight in Brother Rice.Literally.Twin brothers John and Zach Mikrut warmed up for the Crusaders' big match against St. Francis by getting in a fight with each other at practice on Monday. That certainly fired up the pair as they took their frustrations out on the Spartans, combining for 21 kills and 4 blocks to lead Brother Rice to a 25-22, 25-...

1st Alliance 18 Gold, Adversity G18 Adidas fall just short in national title bids

1st Alliance 18 Gold reached the championship match of the 18 Open division at the 2024 USAV Girls 18s Junior National Championship in Baltimore, Maryland, before falling to TAV 18 Black out of Austin, Texas. (From left) Katie Scherer, Calli Kenny and Grace Nelson were named to the 18 Open all-tourament team. Baltimore, Maryland – After staging an improbable rally from a 14-11 deficit in the third set to defeat Munciana 18 Samurai, 14-25, 25-21, 16-14, in a challenge match Saturday, 1st Alliance 18 Gold seemed destined to claim a na...

Marist’s Christian Teresi is the Ultimate VBC/Illprepvb.com Player of the Week

Marist junior setter/rightside hitter and Ohio State recruit Christian Teresi was named MVP last weekend at Lincoln-Way East after leading the RedHawks to the tournament championship. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com Editor Christian Teresi was everywhere short of selling popcorn in the stands when he finished with 11 kills, 11 assists, 4 aces and 6 digs in Marist’s first meeting with defending IHSA champion Glenbard West earlier this month at the Brother Rice Smack Attack.But his efforts went for naught as the RedHawks lost to the...

‘Cohesion’ is the reason Hersey beat Glenbrook South … that, and Arrowood’s 17 kills

Hersey improved to 22-3 with a 25-23 18-25, 16-14 victory over Glenbrook South on Saturday in Arlington Heights. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorSix-foot-2 outside hitter Justin Arrowood had a lot of friends on the other side of the net when his Huskies played Glenbrook South in the final match of the Hersey round-robin tournament Saturday in Arlington Heights.But friendships are typically set aside when the first ball is tossed in the air.“Coming into this game, everyone knew this was the game that mattered,” Arrowood said. “We lo...

Streamwood’s Voravong proves that it’s the size of a player’s heart that matters

Streamwood, which improved to 15-3 overall with Wednesday's win at Rolling Meadows, faces a key Upstate Eight Conference game next week when it hosts Glenbard East. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorStreamwood coach Michelle Mueller admits a lot of people looked at her like she was crazy when she brought up a 5-5 sophomore outside hitter two years ago.They’re not laughing anymore.Brandon Voravong, who is somewhat generously listed at 5-5, smashed a team-high 9 kills and added an ace Wednesday to lead Streamwood (15-3 overall, 4-0 in the ...

Benet gets a lift from some surprising sources to turn back Marian Catholic

Benet Academy remained unbeaten in the East Suburban Catholic Conference Tuesday, defeating Marian Catholic despite losing Dom Krzeczkowski (second from right) to a stomach virus early in the second set. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorWith 6-8 outside hitter and leading attackerDominic Krzeczkowski battling a stomach virus and exiting the match midway through the second set Tuesday, Benet Academy coach Hector Cano was looking for a few heroes.Enter Reed Hefley and sophomore Lukas Carlsen.Hefley provided 19 assists, 7 kills and an ace,...

Glenbard West’s Graham is the Ultimate VBC/Illprepvb.com Player of the Week

Glenbard West's 6-3 outside hitter Adam Graham was named the MVP of the Brother Rice Smack Attack last weekend. (File photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorMoments after Glenbard West defeated Marist to win the Brother Rice Smack Attack last weekend, 6-foot-3 outside hitter Adam Graham explained why the Hilltoppers continue to dominate Illinois boys’ volleyball.“We beat ourselves up in practice knowing that we're going to get better,” he said. “We need to get better to accomplish our goals.”Few work harder – either on ...

Who’s going to Baltimore? No. 1 seed VC United heads list of local hopefuls

Katie Scherer and her 1st Alliance 18 Gold teammates are the only local competitors in the the 18 Open division at this weekend's USA Volleyball Girls 18's Junior National Championship in Baltimore, Maryland. On the homepage is Sky High Adidas 18 Elite's Ruth Ziegler. (File photos by Dave Ruggles). By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – Twelve area teams will be heading to Baltimore, Maryland, this weekend for the USA Volleyball Girls 18's Junior National Championship. It’s the final stop for many of these girls ...