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

PictureBatavia’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 Lori Trippi-Payne said. “She will fit in well with the Mid-American Conference. She is a very good offensive middle, which is pretty tough to find.” 

Yaconis led Batavia with 223 kills and recorded a kill percentage of 43.5 percent with a kill efficiency of .292. She had 38 digs and her 73 blocks rank seventh all-time in the program’s history.

“I am very excited for her and think she will do great things in her career as a Zip,” Trippi-Payne said. “The coaching staff is very experienced there and will be able to help her develop even more in college.”


Michio Chicago 15 Premier went 8-1 and won the Silver Bracket of the 15 Club division at the Presidents’ Day Challenge. Michio Chicago 15 Premier defeated SPVB 15 Blue 25-22, 15-25, 17-15  in the championship match.

Team members are: Nieve Boland (Marist), Hallie Rittel (Wheeler H.S., Valparaiso, Indiana), Madison Conrad (Marist),  Isabella Swistowicz (Marist), Rose Amado (Mother McAuley) and Kaitlyn Munoz (Munster H.S., Munster, Indiana).

Also, Anna Jaworowski (Mother McAuley), Morgan Lyons (Marist), Mary Murray (Lyons Twp.), Lizzie Acevedo (Marist) and Abby Sarich (Mother McAuley). The team is coached by Jacqueline Lang       


PrepVolleyball.com released its 2017 High School All Academic All American list last week, and Batavia’s Jenna Garrett was named to the Third Team.

In order to make the list, players must be seniors, be nominated by their high school or club coach, must be one of the best players in their state and must be extremely talented academically. 

Garrett, a 5-foot-8 setter, recorded 650 assists, 250 digs, 56 kills and 23 aces in 2017. A four-year varsity member and three-year team captain, Garrett was named to three all-tournament teams in 2017 and was a first team All-Upstate Eight Conference selection.

In the classroom, Garrett’s perfect 4.375 GPA is the best in her class. The Illinois State Scholar and National Honor Society member, who scored a 30 on her ACT, is also president of the Student Athletic Board.

Other Prepvolleyball.com Academic All-Americans from Illinois are second-team selection Madeline Sanders (Urbana) and highest honorable mention choices Lauren Brummell (Rosary), Claire Byrne (Benet), Kaylee Hanger (Belleville West) and Patricia Stokes (Murphysboro).



1st Alliance 17 White

Led by tournament MVP Olivia Kreischer (Hinsdale Central) and all-tournament selections Katie Doah (Marist) and Molly Russell (Naperville North), 1st Alliance 17 White won the 17 Club division of the Presidents’ Day Tournament last weekend at the Rosemont Sports Dome.

1st Alliance 17 Elite went 8-0 and did not drop a set throughout the tournament. The Western Springs crew defeated  EU (Evansville United Volleyball Academy) U17-Black  25-20, 25-23 in the championship match.

Other team members are: Wren Decker (Nazareth), Sarah Elliott (Aurora Central Catholic), Sophia Glabus (York), Brooke Veldman (Chicago Christian), Emma Hahn (Lyons Twp.), Jade Casper (Downers Grove North) and Allison Brankin (Providence).

1st Alliance 17 White is coached by Kate McGuire. 

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6 years ago

Ilprepvb you are doing a great job. There are so many great players in our state. Thanks so much for coverage beyond 1s teams in OPEN.

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6 years ago

Our state is really full of talented and smart kids! I congratulate all of the athletes that participated in the tournament. You did a great job! All of you are so passionate with the game. Not only that, but you guys are also good in school! You really surprised me! You still have a long way to go but through patience, hard work, and perseverance, I’m sure that all of you will achieve your dreams! Good luck and more power to you!