Illprepvb.com Final Girls Club Volleyball Rankings

Michio Chicago 17 National (pictured at top) won the 17 National division and Uno Girls 17 Elite (pictured below) won the 17 American division at the 2018 USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, Michigan.

Michio Chicago 17 National and Uno Girls 17 Elite joined the national championship parade Tuesday, winning the 17 National and 17 American divisions, respectively, at the 2018 USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, Michigan.

Six Illinois teams ranked by Illprepvb.com won national championships at either the AAU Junior National Championships in Orlando, Florida, or the USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, Michigan.

Here are the final Illprepvb.com girls rankings for the 2017-18 club season:

(Preseason rankings in parenthesis)

18s

1. SPVB 18 Elite (1)
Note: SPVB 18 Elite defeated nemesis Asics Munciana 18 Samurai (Indiana) twice in 24 hours at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, to claim its fifth national title in the last six years. Six-foot-4 junior outside hitter Taylor Landfair was named MVP of the tournament and was joined on the All-American team by 6-3 middle hitter Emmy Barnhorst from Wheaton North and 5-8 libero Grace Kloss from Waubonsie Valley.

2. Uno Girls 18 Elite (4)
Note: Uno Girls 18 Elite, despite the absence of Minooka’s Holly Bonde (knee injury), went 4-3 and finished third in its season finale at the National Junior Classic May 26-28 at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Illinois. Iowa State-bound libero Taylor Baranski of Minooka and Marian Catholic’s Lauren Hatch were named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 18s Power League All-League Team.

3. Michio Chicago 18 National (3)
Note: Michio Chicago 18 National went 3-4 and finished 21st in the 18 Open division of the USAV 18s Junior National Championships April 27-29 in Anaheim, California. Notre Dame-bound Charley Niego of Mother McAuley and Central Michigan recruit Savannah Thompson of Marist were named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 18s Power League All-League Team.

4. SPVB 18 Kahl (NR)
Note: Behind tournament MVP Kyra Slavik, a 5-11 setter from St. Charles East, and All-American selections Alison Jennings from Oswego East and Sarah Kushner of Naperville North, SPVB 18 Kahl defeated Asics Munciana Quora (Indiana) 25-21, 25-23 in the championship match to win the 18 Premier division at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida.

5. (tie) Illini Elite 18 Cardinal (2)
Note: Illini Elite 18 Cardinal went 10-6 and finished fifth in the Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Illinois. The Bloomington-based team opted not to participate in AAUs. Pekin product Hannah Thompson, a Bradley University recruit, was named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 18s Power League All-League Team.

5. (tie) Sky High Adidas 18 Black (NR)
Note: Sky High Adidas 18 Black went 5-2 and finished in a tie for fifth place in the 18 National division of the USAV 18s Junior National Championships April 27-29 in Anaheim, California. Megan Kelly from Crystal Lake Central, who will play collegiately at the University of Akron, was named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 18s Power League All-League Team.

5. (tie) IL STLHP 18 Elite (5)
Note: IL STLHP (Illinois St. Louis High Performance) 18 Elite went 7-1 and finished in a tie for third place in the 18 USA division of the USAV 18s Junior National Championships April 27-29 in Anaheim, California. IL STLHP 18 Elite lost to national runner-up Bakersfield 18 John (California) 18-25, 25-23, 15-10 in a Gold bracket semifinal.

5. (tie) Fusion 18 Black (NR)
Note: Fusion 18 Black went 8-2 and tied for fifth place in the 18 Premier division at 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, losing in the championship quarterfinals to Epic 18 Pat out of California, 25-22, 25-12. Hannah Oehlberg, a 6-foot outside hitter from DeKalb headed to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, was named an All-American.

5. (tie) 1st Alliance 18 Silver (NR)
Note: The Western Springs-based club finished in a tie for 35th place in the 18 Open division of the USAV 18s Junior National Championships April 27-29 in Anaheim, California. Molly Murrihy, who led Marist to a IHSA state championship in the fall and is a University of Memphis recruit, was named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 18s Power League All-League Team.

Other teams worth noting: Ultimate G18 Gold, Wildcat Jrs. 18 Black, 1st Alliance 18 Black, Adversity Adidas G18 Purple, Chicago Elite 18 Elite, SPVB 18 Navy, Rolling Thunder 18 Blue, ESVBC (Eastside) Ninjas 18U, Kane County 18 Gold, SPVB 18 White, SPVB 18 Red, VC United 181 Elite, Club 1 18 Red, SPVB 18 Blue, 1st Alliance 18 White.

17s

1. Fusion 17 Red (NR)
Note: Nicknamed the “Magnificent Seven” by the club’s coaches, Fusion 17 Red won its first 12 matches before falling to Palm Beach (Florida) Juniors 16 Elite 25-22, 20-25, 15-12 in the 17 Premier championship match at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando. Katie Jablonski, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter from Kaneland, Sam Juarez, a 5-6 libero from Batavia and 5-11 setter Katie Lanz from St. Charles North were named All-Americans.

2. Michio Chicago 17 National (2)
Note: Michio Chicago 17 National defeated Adrenaline 17 ROX out of Hiawatha, Iowa, 25-21, 25-21 to finish 9-2 and win the 17 National division of the 2018 USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, Michigan. Team members are 5-11 setter Nancy Kane from Mother McAuley, 5-8 libero Charlotte Cronister from Latin, 6-1 outside hitter and tournament MVP Temitayo Thomas-Ailara from Marian Catholic, 5-8 setter Rachel DeFries from Sandburg, 6-foot rightside Amanda Robards from Lake Central (Ind.), 5-10 middle hitter Kelsey Watkins from Latin, 5-6 libero Jaya Hall from Marian Catholic, 6-foot outside hitter Erica Staunton from Sandburg, 5-10 outside hitter Caitlin McKee from Benet, and 5-10 middle hitter Evy Makris from Sandburg.  

3. Illini Elite 17 Cardinal (NR)
Note: Bloomington-based Illini Elite 17 Cardinal went 9-2 and finished third after losing to A5 Mizuno 171 Jing out of Alpharetta, Georgia, 25-16, 25-19 in the semifinals of the 17 Open division at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida. Named All-Americans from Illini Elite 17 Cardinal were Hartsburg-Emden’s 6-foot outside hitter Anna Hayes and Mahomet-Seymour’s 5-11 outside hitter Samantha Matthews.

4. Uno Girls 17 Elite (NR)
Note: Uno Girls 17 Elite defeated Bonneville 17 out of Idaho Falls, Idaho, 25-17, 25-17, to finish 10-1 and win the 17 American division of the 2018 USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, Michigan. Team members are Isabella Alessio, a 5-10 setter/outside hitter from Minooka; Sydnei Avery, a 6-foot middle hitter from Yorkville, Marisa Guisti, a 6-1 middle blocker and tournament MVP from LaSalle-Peru; Jillian Hook, a 5-8 outside hitter from Lockport; Nicole Kijowski, a 5-6 libero from Minooka; Chloe Memenga, a 5-11 outside hitter from Bradley-Bourbonnais; Kamryn Olson, a 5-8 outside hitter from LaSalle-Peru; Allison Scheiwiller, a 6-1 middle hitter from Bradley Bourbonnais; Regan Trueblood, a 5-8 setter from Plainfield Central; and Bella Zeman, a 5-10 outside hitter from Yorkville.

5 (tie). IL STLHP 17 Elite (NR)
Note: Season completed.

5. (tie) Sky High Adidas 17 Black (3)
Note: Sky High Adidas 17 Black went 4-5 and finished 19th after falling to LIVEWIRE 17 Adidas out of Phoenix, Arizona, 27-25, 29-27, in the Bronze division championship of the 17 National division at the 2018 USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, Michigan.

Other teams worth noting: 1st Alliance 17 Silver (1), 1st Alliance 17 Black (4), Wildcat Jrs. 17 Black, 1st Alliance 17 White, Sky High Adidas 17 Red, Rolling Thunder 17 Blue, New Wave 17 Tsunami, Club 1 17 Red, Net Force 17 Competition, Ascend 17 Purple, Northside Out Chicago 17U, Chicago Elite 17 Black.

16s

1. SPVB 16 Elite (1)
Note: SPVB 16 Elite reached the semifinals of the 16 Open division at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, where it lost to eventual national champion OT 16 S. Roberto (Florida) 25-17, 25-14. SPVB 16 Elite finished 11-1 and tied for third place. Five-foot-5 libero Hattie Monson from Benet Academy and 6-foot setter Melissa Walden from Waubonsie Valley were named All-Americans.

2. Sky High Adidas 16 Black (NR)
Note: Sky High Adidas 16 Black lost to Dynasty 16 Black out of Kansas City, Kansas, 25-22, 27-25 to finish 1-7 in the 16 Open division at the 2018 USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, Michigan. Taylor Jakubowski, a 5-7 setter from Huntley, was named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 18s Power League All-League Team.

3. 1st Alliance 16 Silver (3)
Note: After going 2-1 in Round 3 of Gold Pool play, 1st Alliance 16 Silver lost to Asics KIVA 16 Red (Louisville, Kentucky) 25-22, 25-21 in a championship bracket feed-in match to finish 5-4 and tied for ninth place in the 16 Open division of the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida.

4. Michio Chicago 16 National (2)
Note: Michio Chicago 16 National went 7-5 and tied for 27th place in the 16 Open division at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida. Camryn Hannah, a 6-1 outside hitter from Marist and a Clemson recruit, was named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 16s Power League All-League Team.

5. (tie) SPVB 16 C-Fed (NR)
Note: SPVB 16 C-Fed won its first nine matches, but lost a challenge match to eventual national runner-up Mizuno Northern Lights 16-2 26-24, 25-20 and finished 10-2 and tied for 14th place in the 16 Premier division of the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida.

5. (tie) lllini Elite 16 Cardinal (NR)
Note: Illini Elite 16 Cardinal went 7-3 and finished in a tie for 25th place in the 16 Open division at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida. Middle hitters Mira Chopra from Champaign Central and Allie Trame from St. Thomas More were named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 16s Power League All-League Team.

5. (tie) 1st Alliance 16 Black (NR)
Note: 1st Alliance 16 Black defeated ECJVC 16 Black (North Carolina) 25-21, 25-27, 15-7 to win the Pearl bracket in the 16 Premier division of the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida. 16 Black finished 9-3 and in 53rd place behind Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 16s Power League All-League choice Patricia Cesarini from Lyons.

Other teams worth noting:
Fusion 16 Red, Wildcat Jrs. 16 Black, Ultimate 16 Gold, Uno Girls 16 Elite, 1st Alliance 16 Red, Fusion 16 Silver, Illini Elite 16 Black, Sky High Adidas 16 Red, Fusion 16 Black, SPVB 16 Red, Rolling Thunder 16 Blue, CI Elite 16 Red, Wildcat Jrs. 16 Purple, SPVB 16 Blue, D1 Elite 16 Green, New WAVE 16 Hurricane, SPVB 16 White, Club 1 16 Red, IPV 16HP, New WAVE 16 Tsunami, Chicago Elite 16 Elite, Michio Chicago 16 Premier, Sky High Adidas 16 White, Cyclones 16 Black Adidas, Adversity Adidas G16 Purple, Net Force 16 Competition.

15s

1. Lions 15-1 (2)
Note: Lions 15-1 went 5-5 and finished 11th the 15 Open division of the 2018 USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, Michigan, losing to OT 15 S. Melito (Tampa Bay, Florida) 25-18, 17-25, 15-9 in the Silver bracket semifinals. Outside hitter Madi Malone from Newark and setter Rachel Muisenga from Benet were named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 16s Power League All-League Team.

2. SPVB 15 Elite (1)
Note: Behind MVP Brooklyn Borum (Sterling) and All-American selections Emily Wilson (Joliet Catholic) and Alexis Rodriguez (Sterling), SPVB 15 Elite defeated Nebraska Elite 15 Revolution out of Omaha, Nebraska, 25-17, 25-21, in the championship match of the 15 Open division at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida. It was the second straight national championship for the team, which won the 14 Open division in 2017.

3. Sky High Adidas 15 Black (NR)
Note: Sky High Adidas 15 Black defeated CoJrs. 15 Shannon (Colorado) 25-23, 25-5 to win the Bronze A bracket in the 15 Open division of the 2018 USAV Girls Junior National Championships in Detroit, Michigan. Sky High Adidas 15 Black finished in 17th place at 6-3 in the tournament. Margaret Wallenberger, a 5-11 outside hitter from Jacobs, was named to the Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 16s Power League All-League Team.

4. SPVB 15 C-Fed (NR)
Note: SPVB 15 C-Fed defeated FaROut 15 Black out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 25-19, 25-23 in the championship match of the 15 Premier division at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida. Breelyn Borum (Sterling) was named MVP and joined on the All-American team by Caroline Barnes (Benet Academy) and Giorgia Cavalleri (Naperville Central).

5. (tie) Michio Chicago 15 National (NR)
Note: Michio Chicago 15 National finished third in the 15 Premier division of the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, losing to eventual national champion SPVB 15 C-Fed 25-23, 25-20 in the semifinals. Michio Chicago 15 National went 9-3 in the four-day tournament, defeating Milwaukee Sting 15 Black 20-25, 25-22, 16-14 in the quarterfinals.

5. (tie) Fusion 15 Red (NR)
Note: Club Fusion 15 Red defeated Magnum 15 Mizuno out of Hendersonville, North Carolina, 22-25, 25-11, 16-14 to win the Diamond bracket of the 15 Premier division at the 45th AAU Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida. Fusion 15 Red, 9-3 in the tournament including a win over Temecula Viper 15 Kevin (California) – the only team to beat eventual champions SPVB 15 C-Fed – finished 31st out of 101 teams.

Other teams worth noting: Wildcat Jrs. 15 Black, Illini Elite 15 Cardinal, Lions 15 Red, Uno Girls 15 Elite, Ultimate G15 Gold, SPVB 15 Red, SPVB 15 White, Club 1 15 Red, New Wave 15 Tsunami, Lions Woodridge 15-1, Illini Elite 15 Black, Pipeline 15 Nike, Celtic Force 15 Green, Michio Chicago 15 Premier, Sky High Adidas 15 Red, Chicago Elite 15 Elite, ESVBC Cougars 15U.

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