St. Thomas More's addition, Tri-Valley's subtraction equals victory for Sabres

Parkland College recruit Landry Warfel (5) of (Downers) Tri-Valley had 13 assists in Thursday's 27-25, 25-14 loss to visiting (Champaign) St. Thomas More. (Photo by Randy Sharer) Ohio State recruit Anna McClure of Champaign St. Thomas More returned from a broken leg to help the Sabers defeat Tri-Valley, 27-25, 25-14, at Downs on Thursday. (Photo by Randy Sharer) By Randy SharerSpecial to Illprepvb.comDOWNS – The math worked out in favor of Champaign St. Thomas Morel’s volleyball team on Thursday as the Sabers, ranked No. 1 in ...

Willowbrook shrugs off delay, comes out smokin' against Glenbard North

An eight-day layoff between matches, precipitated by a malfunctioning ventilation system in its gym, had little effect on Willowbrook's performance Wednesday. By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comWillowbrook’s second match of the season on August 25 was cancelled, but it had nothing to do with COVID.“We were supposed to have a game with East Aurora, but our gym had a malfunction with the ventilation system,” said Willowbrook coach Irene Mason. “Fire alarms were going off and we had to cancel.”That meant the Warriors had eight days off bef...

After a season of COVID and club, Metea Valley's got the gang back together

Metea Valley improved to 7-0 on the young season with a 25-15, 25-10 victory Tuesday over visiting Oswego East. Metea Valley coach Dave MacDonald gave his players an option last spring.“We told the girls, ‘Hey, if you can make it, great,’” he said. “’If you have club practice, that’s your priority right now.’ There were a handful of girls who decided to stay with their clubs. I didn't fault them at all.“They all talked to me individually. They said, ‘Hey, I want to do this.’ They want to get recruited and I totally understand. We didn't hav...

McGrath's 'special season' begins with Loyola's Crimson Classic championship

Loyola's Mia McGrath was named MVP of the 2021 Crimson Classic hosted by Plainfield North and Plainfield Central and sponsored by Illprepvb.com after leading the Ramblers to the championship of the 32-team tournament Saturday. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) What a difference 24 hours make.“If you consider our first match on Friday to our last match today, it's amazing the growth that happened,” said Loyola coach Mallory Thelander.As long as her team doesn’t grow too much and can’t fit into its Crimson Classic championship T-shirts.The Ramblers...

Glenbard West rallies, surprises Montini for Wheaton North Blue & Gold title

Montini defeated Benet in the semifinals, but could not build on a first-set victory and lost to Glenbard West in the championship match of the Wheaton North Blue & Gold Invitational. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comGlenbard West surprised most everyone except itself. The Hilltoppers won a pair of three-set thrillers Saturday, surviving Wheaton North in the semifinals then rallying past Montini, 17-25, 25-23, 25-23, in the title match of the Wheaton North 36th Annual Blue & Gold Girls Volleyball Tournament.The victory av...

Normal West, Hernandez shine brightly against Moline, Sacred Heart-Griffin

Normal West High School setter Sydney Sennett (11) notched 22 assists, seven digs and four aces during a 25-17, 25-14 victory over visiting Moline on Saturday. Facing off across the net is Moline's Rylie Frazelle. (Photo by Randy Sharer) By Randy SharerSpecial to Illprepvb.comNORMAL – Thanks to a shorter than ever offseason, the August volleyball on display during a triangular at Normal West High School on Saturday has rarely been more polished.In a showdown of three unbeatens, no team shined more brightly than the host Wildcats, who toppe...

Loyola joins list of survivors on opening day of 2021 Crimson Classic

No. 6 Loyola was among the top seeds that had a little trouble out of the gate Friday at the 2021 Crimson Classic hosted by Plainfield North and Plainfield Central and sponsored by Illprepvb.com. No. 2 Wheaton Warrenville South found itself trailing 23-15 in the first set of its opener against Rockford Guilford, then needed three sets to beat Normal Community.No. 5 Minooka and No. 7 Marist needed three sets to win their opening-round matches, but Minooka did not survive its second.And No. 6 Loyola fought off two set points in the first...

Benet finds offense here, there and everywhere in opener at Wheaton North

Kaneland is a team that hopes to make a long run in the postseason, and achieving that goal started with a strong showing Wednesday at the Wheaton North Blue & Gold Invitational. After losing his most experienced player and most proven offensive threat – 6-2 senior middle hitter Ann Marie Remmes – to an ACL injury during the club season, Benet coach Brad Baker wondered where his offense would come from this fall. The answer?   Everywhere. Outside. Rightside. Middle. Service line. The Redwings scored from all over the cou...

WW South's 'selfless' Bellows, Harris lead Tigers past visiting Marist

Marist's Kylie Brosius, Mary Clare Brusek, Bella Bullington, Chloe Artega and Elise Ward took on Wheaton Warrenville South Monday minus injured junior Kamryn Chaney (far right). Rebecca Bellows is following in the footsteps of Darby Harris and taking one for the team.Two years ago, Wheaton Warrenville South coach Bill Schreier gave some thought to running a 6-2 with Sarah Burau and Zayna Meyer sharing the setter’s position. That experiment was short-lived, however, and Meyer moved to outside hitter.Meanwhile, Harris, also a setter by trade...

It's last call for Fremd seniors, and has Brown County’s time finally arrived?

Brown County went 17-4 in the spring and hopes to duplicate, if not exceed, that success this fall behind (front row, from left) Gabby McGath, Cortni Law and Makenna Post; (middle row, from left) Brooke Garthaus, Justyce Hunter, Cyrah Dunlap and Lea Houston; and (back row, from left) Ashlee Markert, Klare Flynn, Katey Flynn and Gracie Hedden. Not pictured is Kaci McKeon. Illprepvb.com continues its look at the 2021 season with more previews, including those of (Mt. Sterling) Brown County, which is on a quest to make history this fall a...