Illinois’ top-ranked teams take to the tournament trail

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Michio Chicago 16 National’s Camryn Hannah of Marist and Izabela Gorys of Providence

Sports Performance’s Presidents Day Challenge, Nike Presidents’ Day Classic in St. Louis and Triple Crown Volleyball NIT in Salt Lake City are among the weekend destinations for state’s best, while 15s No. 1 Lions 15-1 takes a breather.

(Week 4 ranking in parenthesis)

18s

1. SPVB 18 Elite (1)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. Wisconsin Premier 18 Teal at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 1 at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

2. Uno Girls 18 Elite (2)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. Epic United 18 Elite ROX at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 2 at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

3. Michio Chicago 18 National (3)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. Fusion 18 Red at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 4 at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

4. Illini Elite 18 Cardinal (4)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. Pakmen 18U Gold Girls at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 5 at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

5. (tie) Sky High Adidas 18 Black (5)
Next: Triple Crown Volleyball NIT in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 17-19.

5. (tie) SPVB 18 Kahl (5)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. K2 18 Adidas Andre at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 6 at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

5. (tie) IL STLHP (Illinois St. Louis High Performance) 18 Elite (NR)
Note: IL STLHP 18 Elite sits in third place at 14-4 overall in the Gateway League after going 4-2 last weekend including a 25-23, 25-23 win over H2 STL 18 Under Armour, a team that handed IL STLHP 18 Elite one of its four losses.
Next: Nike Presidents’ Day Classic vs. Circle City 18 Black at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 45 at the America Center in St. Louis.

Other teams to watch: 1st Alliance 18 Silver, ESVBC (Eastside) Ninjas 18U, Ultimate G18 Gold, Adversity G18 Purple, Fusion 18 Red, SPVB 18 Navy, VC United 181 Elite.

17s


1. Fusion 17 Red (1)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. Sky High Adidas 17 Red at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 35 at the Schaumburg Convention Center. 

2. Illini Elite 17 Cardinal (2)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. Gold Rush (California) at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17 on Court 36 at the Schaumburg Convention Center. 

3. Michio Chicago 17 National (3)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. TVC 17-1 at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 31 at the Schaumburg Convention Center. 

4. Uno Girls 17 Elite (4)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. FaR Out 17 Black at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 38 at the Schaumburg Convention Center. 

5. IL STLHP 17 Elite (5)
Note: IL STHPL 17 Elite, which features 6-foot setter/rightside Katherine Koch from Belleville West, 6-foot middle hitter Carli Wise from Breese Mater Dei and  6-1 middle blocker/outside hitter Halle Everett from Norris City-Omaha Enfield, went 3-3 at the Gateway League last weekend and is 11-7 in the 18 Girls Open division.
Next: Nike Presidents’ Day Classic vs. Asics KIVA 17 White at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 37 at the America Center in St. Louis. 

Other teams to watch: 1st Alliance 17 Silver, Sky High Adidas 17 Black, 1st Alliance 17 Black, Rolling Thunder 17 Blue, Ascend 17 Purple, Northside Out Chicago 17U.

16s

1. SPVB 16 Elite (1)
Note: SPVB 16 Elite went 3-0 in the Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open on Sunday including a 25-8, 25-19 win over Lions 15-1 and a 25-23, 25-18 victory over SPVB 15 Elite. Outside hitter Maddie Meyers of Glenbard North serve-received and passed to take some of the heat off leading attacker Cate Long of Aurora Christian.  
Next: Presidents’ Day Challenge vs. Legacy 16 National at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 22 at the Rosemont Sports Dome. 

2. Michio Chicago 16 National (2)
Note: After wallowing for a weekend in Bracket B of the Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open division, Michio Chicago 16 National punched its ticket to Bracket A by sweeping Cyclones 16 Black Adidas and Motion Volleyball 16 BLU before eluding WI Juniors 16-1 25-20, 13-25, 15-12 in the first-place match. Middle hitters Leila Wallace of Munster, Indiana, and Miara Bolden of Homewood-Flossmoor have been stalwarts for Michio.
Next: Nike Presidents’ Day Classic vs. Show Me 16 ROX at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 32 at the America Center in St. Louis.

3. Sky High Adidas 16 Black (3)
Next: Triple Crown Volleyball NIT in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 17-19.

4. 1st Alliance 16 Silver (4)
Next: Presidents Day Challenge vs. Uno Girls 16 Elite at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 21 at the Rosemont Sports Dome. 

5. Illini Elite 16 Cardinal (NR)
Note: After spotting Motion Volleyball 16 Blue an 11-0 lead in its first match Sunday morning, Illini Elite rebounded to beat Cyclones 16 Black Adidas and Capital 16 Adidas to retain its spot in Bracket B of the Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open division. Middle hitters Mira Chopra of Champaign Central and Allie Trame of St. Thomas More are rock solid.
Next: Presidents’ Day Challenge vs. Wildcat Jrs. 16 Black at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 23 at the Rosemont Sports Dome. 

Other teams to watch: SPVB 16 C-Fed, Uno Girls 16 Elite, 1st Alliance 16 Black, Cyclones 16 Black Adidas, 1st Alliance 16 Red, SPVB 16 Red, Fusion 16 Red, New WAVE 16 Tsunami, Rolling Thunder 16 Blue.

15s


1. Lions 15-1 (1)
Note: Lions 15-1 coach Courtney Keefe said her team needs to play as a unit rather than individuals after the girls from Western Springs finished third in Bracket A of the Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open on Sunday to wrap up a 4-2 weekend with both losses to SPVB 16 Elite. Lions 15-1 will take the next two weeks off before returning to Power League play.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open vs. Michio Chicago 16 National at 9:00 a.m. on Court 2 on Sunday, February 25.

2. SPVB 15 Elite (2)
Note: SPVB 15 Elite should only get better as 6-1 setter Zayna Meyer from Wheaton Warrenville South and 6-1 outside hitter Emily Wilson from Joliet Catholic reacclimate to their teammates after spending several weeks on the disabled list. Luke Stapleton’s crew showed what it can do with a full complement by beating Iowa Rockets 16R 25-20, 25-20 on Sunday. 
Next: Presidents’ Day Challenge vs. MVA 15 National Black at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 21 at the Rosemont Sports Dome. 

3. Fusion 15 Red (4)
Note: Fusion 15 Red bounced back from a 25-12, 25-20 semifinal loss to 1st Alliance 16 Black to beat WVA 15 Black 25-16, 25-15 and finish third in Bracket C of the Great Lakes Power
League 16 Super Open on Sunday. Fusion 15 Red began play Sunday with a 25-17, 16-25, 15-13 win over Michio Chicago 15 National.

Next: Presidents Day Challenge 15 Premier Division vs. Wisconsin Premier 15 Teal at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 45 at the Schaumburg Convention Center. 

4. Sky High Adidas 15 Black (NR)
Next: Sky High Adidas 15 Black exchanged set routs against 1st Alliance 16 Black in its Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open division opener Sunday before falling 13-25, 25-13, 15-10. 1st Alliance went on to win the bracket. Sky High went on to place fifth, defeating Michio Chicago 15 National 17-25, 33-31, 15-7 and Uno Girls 15 Elite 25-21, 25-12.
Next: Triple Crown Volleyball NIT in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 17-19.

5. Wildcat Jrs. 15 Black (NR)
Note: Wildcats Jrs. 15 Black earned a spot in Bracket B when the Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open division resumes on February 25 by reaching the finals of Bracket C on Sunday before falling to 1st Alliance 16 Black. Top players include 5-8 setter Ava Tortorello from Latin, 5-7 outside hitter Meilani Calcutt from Loyola and rightside hitter Stephanie Mayer from New Trier.
Next: Presidents’ Day Challenge vs. Legacy 15 National at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, on Court 26 at the Rosemont Sports Dome. 

Other teams to watch: SPVB 15 C-Fed, Michio Chicago 15 National,  Uno Girls 15 Elite, Ultimate G15 Gold, Chicago Elite 15 Elite, Lions 15 Red, SPVB 15 White, Lions Woodridge 15-1.

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