2018 Illprepvb.com Top 25 Boys Volleyball Teams
1. Lincoln-Way East (34-8)
Ian Piet, Michael Herlihy, Wil McPhillips back for Griffins.
2. Glenbard West (41-1)
JT Ardell, Stone Metz lead Hilltoppers’ four-peat effort.
3. Brother Rice (31-11)
Five players from Ultimate 18 Gold provide solid core.
4. Lincoln-Way West (26-13)
Only graduated two from team ousted by LWE in regional.
5. Naperville Central (24-14)
6-4 Felix Egharevba, 6-5 John Davis are solid 1-2 punch.
6. Barrington (30-7)
Michael O’Toole, Gabe Hartke are two of the best pin hitters around.
7. Marist (31-7)
Six-foot-2 Marty Jepsen is one of the state’s top juniors.
8. Neuqua Valley (27-9)
Kevin Kauling will leave his card with every ball he touches.
9. Wheaton Warrenville South (21-15-2)
Zeo Meyer, Joshua Gottlieb hope to lead Tigers back to the top.
10. Lockport (31-6)
Anthony Pfeiffer, Kyle Dixon, Pat Surane power Porters.
11. Benet (25-11)
John Folts, Redwings hope to end streak of regional woes.
12. Lake Park (39-2)
Nick Martinski, Jordan Haigh must lead way for young Lancers.
13. New Trier (35-5)
Trevians reload after being hit hard by graduation.
14. Hersey (33-7)
MSL runnerups rocked Barrington in 2017 sectional.
15. Sandburg (27-11)
Jake Ostema, Will Marks lead perennial power Eagles.
16. Deerfield (27-11)
Warriors are seeking first trip to state since 2013.
17. Glenbrook North (28-5)
It may take a while for Spartans to hit their stride.
18. Glenbrook South (27-11)
Most of starters return led by setter Thomas Cavallaro.
19. Downers Grove South (23-15)
Jack Tischler, Caleb Minnis get it done for Downers.
20. St. Ignatius (22-9)
Wolfpack is hungry for more behind twin 6-6 towers.
21. St. Patrick (19-12)
Six veterans seek second state trip in three years.
22. Wheaton North (16-21)
Falcons must avoid injuries that sank 2017 campaign.
23. Glenbard East (28-9)
Rams will lean on Carson Brandt until wounded heal.
24. Loyola (21-16)
Three-year starter Jack Howard bolsters Ramblers.
25. Oswego East (20-15)
This is the season the Wolves have waited for.
On the bubble (in alphabetical order): Addison Trail, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Hinsdale Central, Lincoln-Way Central, Lyons, Metea Valley, Palatine, Plainfield East, St. Charles North, Warren.