Hurta joins long list of distinguished players who reaped POY honors

Nazareth's Katie Hurta (9) joins a long and distinguished list of players who earned Player of the Year honors since the award was first presented in 1982. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com Editor Did you know that girls were not permitted to participate in interscholastic volleyball contests until 1973? Then during the 1974-75 school year, the IHSA sponsored its first volleyball tournament at Lantz Gymnasium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. New Trier East won that affair, defeating Rich East 15-10, 6...

Presenting the Michio Chicago VBA Illprepvb.com 2021 Girls All-State Team

Willowbrook is the 2021 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Team of the Year after starting the season with 30 consecutive wins, handing eventual Class 4A champion Metea Valley one of its two losses and reaching the sectional finals at Class 4A runner-up Mother McAuley. Today, we are pleased to announce the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 2021 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 clas...

Here is the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 2021 Honorable Mention Team

Barrington's Amanda Cleary (above) and Augusta Southeastern freshman Amanda Stephens (on the home page) are among the players named to the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 2021 Girls All-State Honorable Mention Team. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Today, we are pleased to announce the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 2021 Girls All-State Volleyball Team and those players selected as “Honorable Mention.” Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to the all-state team. Team members were selected based upon their accomplishments o...

Here is the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 2021 Special Mention Team

Montini's Jordan Haverly falls to one knee after her team defeated Pleasant Plains to win the IHSA Class 2A championship. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) Today, we are pleased to announce the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com 2021 Girls All-State Volleyball Team and those players selected as “Special Mention.” Coaches across Illinois were invited to nominate players to theall-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 ...

College of DuPage names coaching staff for new men’s volleyball program

West Aurora boys' volleyball coach Tolis Koskinaris (left) and Oswego's Frankie Martinez will lead the new men's volleyball program at College of DuPage. A familiar coaching staff will lead the Chaparral men's volleyball program when it opens in 2022-23. Head women's volleyball coach Tolis Koskinaris and assistant Frank Martinez will hold those respective positions for the athletic department's new sport when it gets underway next season.“Both of us are excited to begin a sport that is well received at the high school level here in DuP...

Mitchem, Ball State are NCAA tournament-bound; and more college odds & ends

Southeast Missouri State's Laney Malloy (left) and Kayla Closset will be packing their bags for the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championships this week. Bolingbrook graduate and Sports Performance alumna Natalie Mitchem and her Ball State University teammates are headed to the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championships after defeating Bowling Green to win the Mid-American Conference championship.The 6-2 junior opposite had 11 kills, 3 blocks and 4 digs in the Cardinals’ 25-23, 29-31, 25-16, 21-25, 15-7 victory over the No. 2-seeded Fal...

Hurta bedazzled opponents to earn SPVB/Illprepvb Player of the Year honors

Sports Performance VBC/Illprepvb.com Player of the Year Katie Hurta led Nazareth to the school's first IHSA championship in a girls' sport November 12-13 at Redbird Arena. (Photos by Dave Ruggles). Katie Hurta of Nazareth By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.comFive days.That’s how long it took Nazareth senior Katie Hurta to truly understand what she and her teammates had accomplished.The 2021 Sports Performance VBC/Illprepvb.com Player of the Year put down six of her team-high 15 kills during a third-set rally against Belvidere North i...

Metea Valley rallies to deny McAuley in Class 4A title game; Barrington takes third

Barrington sophomore Jenna Meitzler (11) collects one of her 3 kills against Edwardsville in the Class 4A third-place match. (Photo by Dave Ruggles)  Class 4ABy Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorNORMAL – No. 17 will have to wait another year.Metea Valley, which had never even won a regional before this season, shocked the Mother McAuley, 15-25, 25-8, 25-17, at Redbird Arena on Saturday to deny the Mighty Macs a 17th IHSA championship and claim the first state volleyball trophy in the Aurora school’s history.“Oh my God, I can’t even describe...

Nazareth's defense thwarts Belvidere North in 3A finals; Normal West jars JCA

Normal West libero Sydnie Hernandez (9) stretches to reach a ball during the Wildcats' victory over Joliet Catholic in the Class 3A third-place game. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Class 3ABy Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorNORMAL – Defense wins championships.And did Nazareth ever defend.The Roadrunners overcame a 12-6 deficit in the third set to defeat No. 1-ranked Belvidere North, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, in the Class 3A championship match Saturday at Redbird Arena.Defense was the difference.The IHSA does not keep records for tournament digs, but ...

Montini rains on Pleasant Plains to claim 'inevitable' Class 2A championship

Pleasant Plains' Sienna Hadley (15) tries to beat the double block of Montini's Sienna Skarda (15) and Isabel Evenson (10) during Saturday's Class 2A championship game. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Class 2ABy Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorNORMAL – Death, taxes (for all but most major U.S. corporations) and Montini winning the Class 2A championship Saturday at Redbird Arena.Inevitable.From the time the IHSA released the enrollment ranges for the various fall sports back in late summer, there was very little short of an act of the Almighty ...