630 Volleyball’s mission: win national championships, prepare players for college

Serve City 16 National will fly the Serve City flag at USAVs this summer, but will be playing under the 630 Volleyball banner during the 2019-20 season. Former Glenbard East player, college assistant and USA Men's Junior National Team technical coordinator Alex Hurlburt. Alex Hurlburt knew his body could not withstand the rigors of playing competitive volleyball after he played his final match for Glenbard East in 2010.“I was fairly tall and fairly athletic, but not skilled in any way,” he said. “After I made it through that last match m...

Cyclones kick up a storm at Navy Pier, win Asics Junior National 17s, 18s championships

Cyclones 17 Black Adidas defeated Epic United 17 Elite ROX to win the 17s age division title of the Asics Junior National Volleyball Championships Sunday at Navy Pier. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comThere was a fog hanging over Navy Pier early Sunday morning.  By 3:00 p.m. or so, it had turned into a cyclone. The Cyclones 17 Black Adidas volleyball team, that is. After finishing second in their age group in the same tournament the past three years, the Cyclones completed their mission this year, defeating Epic United 17 RO...

Grayslake Central names former star to lead girls’ volleyball program

Klaudia Basierak (far left), who is Grayslake Central's all-time leader in single-season and career kills, has been named the new head coach at her alma mater. Who said you can’t go home again? Klaudia Basierak, a former standout performer at Grayslake Central and the University of Dubuque (Iowa), has been named the new head coach of the Grayslake Central girls’ volleyball program. Basierak succeeds Jason Janczak, who stepped down at the end of last season after 13 seasons as head coach. Basierak played for Janczak from 2009-2011. Basierak...

We peer into the Illprepvb.com crystal ball at the boys’ 2020 season

New Trier's Colin Heath (12) and Glenbard West's Ben Harrington (1) could meet at Hoffman Estates again in 2020. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Which teams will be among Illinois’ best in 2020? Peering into the Illprepvb.com crystal ball … Can Glenbard West return to the top of the Illinois boys volleyball world after falling to Marist and Marty Jepsen in the 2019 IHSA championship game? Can Marist repeat without the 2019 Illprepvb.com Player of the Year? Will New Trier ride its two fabulous outside hitters to the school’s first title in 25 years...

Introducing the 2019 Illprepvb.com Boys All-State Volleyball Team

(Photos by Dave Ruggles) Today, we are pleased to announce the Illprepvb.com 2019 Boys All-State Volleyball Team, our Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Team of the Year. Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to the Illprepvb.com all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments on the court as high school players, not on any future potential or current recruitment status. These players excelled on the court and represented their schools, their teams and their communities with distinction...

A difference-maker and class act, Jepsen is the 2019 Illprepvb.com Player of the Year

Marty Jepsen celebrates with his teammates after Marist won the 2019 IHSA Boys Volleyball championship. (Photo courtesy of Joe Hovanes) 2019 Illprepvb.com Player of the Year Marty Jepsen of Marist. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comMarist had just edged Glenbard West 25-21, 25-23 in a hard-fought IHSA championship match. The two teams congratulated each other after they received their medals.As the Marist players shook hands with her and her team, Glenbard West coach Christine Giunta-Mayer took time to give o...

Who were some of the best of the best? We asked the coaches, and the nominees are:

New Trier junior Peter Brown led the Trevians to a third-place finish in the IHSA Boys Volleyball Tournament. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Illprepvb.com asked boys' volleyball coaches statewide to nominate players for this year's all-state team. The Player of the Year will be announced Saturday and the all-state team will be announced Sunday. These are some of the players who were nominated by their coaches for the all-state team: Sammy Adkisson, 5-10, Sr., L, Vernon HillsThe Player of the Year in the Central Suburban North, Adkisson ama...

Jepsen leads Marist into the history books with victory over Glenbard West

Glenbard West's Ryan Swartz had 9 kills to lead the Hilltoppers past New Trier in a semifinal Saturday at Hoffman Estates. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Marist's Marty Jepsen had 8 kills in a semifinal victory over Oak Park-River Forest. Move over, Superman. There’s a new sheriff in town.Marty Jepsen slammed 14 kills on 31 attempts without an error for a staggering .452 kill percentage to lead No. 1-ranked Marist to a 25-21, 25-23 victory over Glenbard West in the championship match of the 2019 IHSA boys’ volleyball tournament Saturday at H...

Marist takes care of business; Glenbard West, Oak Park, New Trier advance at Hoffman Estates

Marist's Rocky Mayer had 4 kills and 6 digs during the RedHawks quarterfinal win over Minooka Friday at Hoffman Estates. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Marist's Nyherowo Omene (left) and Rocky Mayer. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.com“Takin’ Care of Business”The Marist volleyball team probably didn't listen to the classic song by that name before its IHSA quarterfinal match Friday at Hoffman Estates. But that's exactly what the RedHawks did ad they took care of their end of business and coasted to a 25-14, 25-15 victory over Minook...

Marist, momentum could play major roles in determining IHSA champion this weekend

Marty Jepsen leads favored Marist into this weekend's IHSA boys volleyball tournament at Hoffman Estates. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Oak Park setter Sean Califf. Momentum.Volleyball is a game of momentum. How else would you explain some of the IHSA tournament sectional results? Marist dominated defending IHSA champion and No. 2 seed Lincoln-Way East, which seemed to have found its footing toward the latter half of the season, in Tuesday's sectional final at Marist. Barrington defeated a pair of sub-sectional No. 1 seeds -- Boylan Catholic ...