Yaconis commits to Akron; Michio 15 Premier wins Silver on the court; Batavia’s Garrett is gold in the classroom; 1st Alliance 17 White is white-hot

Michio Chicago 15 Premier Batavia's Jenna Garrett Batavia’s 6-foot senior middle hitter Hannah Yaconis, who plays for SPVB 18 Blue during the club season, has verbally committed to study and play at the University of Akron. Yaconis was an all-tournament selection at the Waubonsie Valley Blast, a first-team all-Upstate Eight River Conference selection, and was voted the All Program Player of the Year at Batavia. “I think that Hannah will do very well at the University of Akron and will be able to help them right away,” Batavia coach Lor...

2018 Sky HighPrograms –  Youth Academy and Adult Leagues

Youth Academy The Youth Academy provides a great opportunity for kids 1st-8th grade to learn the fundamentals of volleyball and develop proper motor skills. This program offers classes year round with some sessions offering a weekday option. Follow the link below for more information.    Additional Information  Volleyball Leagues (Coming Soon)Get the knee pads and volleyball shoes ready because adult leagues are back! Sky High offers leagues for men, women, coed teams and all skill...

All-State Special Mention

Congratulations to all the players that made the 2017 Illprepvb.com All-State Teams!  Today we start with Special Mention and the rest of the teams being released this week.Today: Special MentionTuesday: Honorable MentionWednesday: 4th TeamThursday: 3rd TeamFriday: 2nd TeamSaturday: 1st Team​Sunday: Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Team of the Year Grayslake Central's Lauren LaBeck ​Special Mention (24) Kaite Asche, 5-9, Fr., OH, Durand; Jill Bennett, 5-10, Sr., OPP, St. Ignatius; Amanda Cassidy, 5-7, Sr., OH, Harv

It’s time the IHSA gave volleyball some respect

Mother McAuley after its Autumnfest championship. Mother McAuley. St. Francis. Benet. McAuley. Benet. Benet. Lyons. Cary-Grove. St. Charles East. Naperville Central. St. Francis. McAuley. Naperville Central. Joliet Catholic. Downers Grove South. See a trend here? Other than Cary-Grove’s 2009 title team led by Kelly Lamberti and Colleen Smith, you have to go all the way back to 1991 and Belleville West to find a team not from the western or southern suburbs of Chicago that ruled the big school state volleyball field. Coaches and fans affecti

Wolfpack celebrate coach’s 300th career win

St. Ignatius coach Erik Eastman earned his 300th career win when the Wolfpack defeated Fenwick last Thursday. St. Ignatius had beaten Montini and previously-ranked Loyola prior to beating Fenwick to remain unbeaten n the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red division. ...

Prairie Ridge on the upswing after winning Silver bracket at Wheaton

How good was Prairie Ridge at the Wheaton Classic last week? The Wolves lost only one match – to eventual champion Marist – and defeated Rosary (13-25, 25-12, 25-13), Naperville Central (31-29, 25-17) and Plainfield Central (25-18, 25-18) and 6-foot-5 sophomore Taylor Landfair on Saturday to win the Silver division. “I thought this was a really good day for us,” Prairie Ridge coach Stefanie Otto said. “They played steady, they had better ball control than what we’ve had, and they served aggressively.” Five-foot-9 junior middle blocker Maddie Mc

Minooka, Plainfield Central play to aid cancer victim

The Minooka and Plainfield Central high schools girls’ varsity volleyball teams are hoping to score a lot of points on September 19 to benefit Shorewood HUGS as they plan their “HITS for HUGS” fundraiser.  Their goal is to raise enough money to grant 10 wishes, including a special wish for Dawn Derby, a single mother of three children, who is currently battling cancer. Members of the volleyball programs have been soliciting donations for every point each varsity team scores during their contest on September 19 at Minooka. For example, if a

Joliet Catholic a ready-for-primetime player

Last weekend, Joliet Catholic demonstrated that it intends to be a major player in this year’s Class 4A state tournament. Just a few days after taking defending national champion Mother McAuley to three games, the Angels (5-2) won the second annual Metea Valley/Oswego East Kickoff Classic. Joliet Catholic defeated Oak Park-River Forest (25-10, 25-18), St. Ignatius (25-20, 25-15) and Sterling (26-24, 25-12) in pool play, knocked off Providence (25-15, 25-16) in the semifinals and beat Whitney Young (25-13, 25-13) for the tournament title. “I was