Illprepvb.com presents a first look at Illinois' top 2023 club teams … the 16s

Lauren Coyne (center) led Wheaton Warrenville South in kills during the high school season and will be counted on to do more of the same for Sports Performance's 16 Elite team. On the home page is 1st Alliance's Abby Vander Wal of Timothy Christian. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorToday, we turn our attention to the 16s as we continue our look at some of the top club teams in Illinois. This year’s crop of 16s features some of the best young talent in Illinois.Among the 16s taking the court this winter...

Illprepvb.com presents a first look at Illinois' top 2023 club teams … the 17s

IC Catholic Prep's Ava Falduto (4) should help 1st Alliance 17 Gold's bid for a national championshp. On the home page, not every volleyball plauer in Illinois plays for an Illinois-based club. Herrin's Karli Mann (23, far left) plays for Evansville United in Indiana. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorToday, we turn our attention to the 17s as we continue our look at some of the top club teams in Illinois. This year’s crop of 17s has some high bars to hurdle.Last summer, 1st Alliance 17 Gold won the 17 Open c...

Illprepvb.com presents a first look at Illinois' top 2023 club teams … the 18s

(On the home page) SPVB 18 Elite and SPVB 18 Kahl tangle at the Great Lakes Volleybal Center in 2022. (Above) Marist's Kamryn Chaney (far court) returns for 1st Alliance 18 Gold along with six other players who won a national USAV championship as 17s. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorFirst, congratulations to former Mother McAuley great Kayla Caffey, who played in her second NCAA Division I national championship in two years when Texas defeated Louisville on December 17.A 2016 graduate of McAuley, Caffey was gr...

Illprepvb.com peers into the crystal ball to divine the '23 girls high school season

IHSA Class 4A 2022 semifinalists Barrington (near court) and Benet Academy (far court) will field teams that are very capable of returning to CEFCU Arena in 2023. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorBefore the girls' club season begins in earnest, it’s time to peer into the crystal ball and foretell which girls' high school volleyball teams could make a run at the former Redbird Arena in the fall of ‘23.But first, some thoughts to ponder:Will Mother McAuley earn its 17th IHSA championship behind Michigan recruit El...

Recruiting 102: What You Can Do To Help College Coaches Find You

Illprepvb.com 2022 Player of the Year Lucy Arndt of tiny Aquin Catholic in Freeport, who plays club for VC United VBC, will attend Southeast Missouri State in the fall. VC United formed a recruiting support team headed by Courtney Slinko and Lauren Hansen to work directly with their athletes throughout their recruiting journey. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Editor's note: This is a reprint of an article that first appeared on Illprepvb.com in June 2021. We tried to verify/update the information provided by Peter Gustin, My Recruiting Assistan...

Illprepvb.com looks at the players who will have a big impact on the ‘23 season

IC Catholic Prep's Ava Falduto will return for her senior seaosn in 2023, hoping to give the Knights another shot at an IHSA Class 2A championship. On the home page is Benet Academy's 6-4 freshman Lynney Tarnow. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorReflecting upon the past is not a bad thing. But looking ahead always opens the door to more possibilities.Today, we look ahead to the 2023 Illinois high school girls’ volleyball season by listing some of the girls we believe will have a significant impact on what unfold...

Presenting the 2022 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Girls All-State Team

All that stood between Chillicothe IVC's Kenna Wollard and the top spot on the IHSA all-time career kill list was a COVID-shortened season in 2020. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, we are pleased to announce the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 2022 Girls All-State Volleyball Team. Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to the all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom as high school student-athletes, not on any future potential or current recruitment sta...

Presenting the 2022 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Honorable Mention Team

Genoa-Kingston libero Hannah Langton became her school's season and career digs leader this fall. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, we are pleased to announce the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 2022 Girls All-State Volleyball Honorable Mention Team. Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to the all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom as high school student-athletes, not on any future potential or current recruitment status. These players excelled on t...

Be like … Sophie? Arndt is Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Player of the Year

Lucy Arndt (12) grew up wanting to emulate former Aquin great Sophie Brunner, who led the Bulldogs to two IHSA championships in basketball. Leading Aquin to an IHSA Class 1A championship this fall certainly qualifies. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comFreeport Aquin’s Lucy Arndt grew up wanting to emulate Sophie Brunner, who led the Aquin girls’ basketball team to IHSA Class 1A championships in 2011-12 and 2012-13 before playing at Arizona State University and briefly in the WNBA and Italy.Arndt did emulate ...

Presenting the 2022 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Special Mention Team

Oswego East's Vivian Campbell (far court) led the Wolves to a Southwest Prairie Conference title and one of the best seasons in school historty. On the home page is Joliet Catholic's Ava Neushwander. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Today, we are pleased to announce the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 2022 Girls All-State Volleyball Special Mention Team. Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to the all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom as high school stu...