Final Top 20 Girls Volleyball Teams

Class 3A champion Belleville Althoff. Final Top 20 Rankings (Preseason rank)

1.  Marist (41-1) 3
Loses four great seniors, but underclass levels were undefeated.

2.   Minooka (39-3) 1
Loses five great seniors. Who will sophomore Zoey Seput set next year?

3.   Mother McAuley (35-5) 2
Mighty Macs don’t rebuild, they reload. But Charley Niego is a huge loss.

4.  Benet (32-7) 7
Alli Van Eekeren, Hattie Monson, Rachel Muisenga, Kyla Kenney will return.

5.  Belleville Althoff (41-1) 16
Sophomore Karinna Gall, Class 3A championsl get bumped up to 4A next year.

6.  Crystal Lake Central (33-4) 14
Lose the Kellys, but Madde Blake, Camryn Hausler, Madeline Timmerman return.

7.  Edwardsville (31-6) NR
Tigers were the only team other than Marist to beat Minooka this season.

8.   Joliet Catholic (29-8) NR
Emily Holbrook, Emily Wilson, Bella Ray will be back for Angels.

9.  Marian Catholic (30-8) NR
If you have to rebuild, Temitayo Thomas-Ailara is a good place to start.

10.  St. Charles North (36-5) NR
Katie Lanz, Gigi Crescenzo will be back for fourth-place finishers in Class 4A.

11. St. Charles East (31-8) 8
Lose a load, but one of the state’s top programs will find a way again.

12. Prairie Ridge (27-8) 18
Coach Stefanie Otto will rebuild around junior setter Jayden Otto.

13. Normal Community (31-6) 15
Ironmen have some work to do after losing 6-3 Grace Cleveland to Purdue.

14.  Downers Grove North (27-13) 9
Clare Delaplane is a huge loss, but Trojans were junior-heavy in 2017.

15. Payson Seymour (41-1) NR
Domination? Only loss to 3A Lincoln and beat 2A champ St. Thomas More.

16. (Champaign) St. Thomas More (39-3) NR
All-American Mica Allison showed why she is headed to Auburn next fall.

17. Resurrection (34-9) NR
How many schools regret not grabbing New Mexico State recruit Brittany Welch?

18. Sterling (35-3) NR
Brooklyn, Josilyn Borum have Golden Warriors thinking 3A title in 2018.

19. Waubonsie Valley (24-14) 11
Coach Kari Galen will build around Melissa Walden, Cassie Chinn.

20. Huntley (26-8) NR
Red Raiders were among the best passing teams in the state in 2017.

Honorable Mention: Breese Mater Dei (27-10-2),Kewanee Wethersfield (35-1), LaSalle-Peru (33-4-1), Metea Valley (29-8), Naperville North (29-9), New Trier (34-6), Normal U-High (29-11), Quincy Notre Dame (33-9), Stewardson-Strasburg (34-7), St. Viator (29-13).

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