Lincoln-Way East, Glenbard West open 1-2 in 2018 Top 25 Boys Volleyball preseason rankings


Benet has been knocked out in the regional each of the past two years. But the Redwings have the tools to end that streak in 2018.

Who’s No. 1? Who’s No. 2? Who will hoist the championship trophy at Hoffman Estates on June 2? Will Glenbard West four-peat? Will a Lincoln-Way  score break the Hilltoppers’ stranglehold? Will Brother Rice finally break through? Today, looks at 25 of the best boys volleyball teams in Illinois.

2018 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.

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