Ultra Ankle unkind to some of Illinois’ top teams

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The much-anticipated showdown between SPVB 18 Elite and top-seeded Munciana 18 Samurai at the Ultra Ankle Bluegrass Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend never happened.

The Ultra Ankle Bluegrass Tournament in Lousiville, Kentucky, last weekend left a few bruises on the local entries, but Michio Chicago 18 National and Sky High Adidas 18 Black were both unbeaten at the  Great Lakes Region Bid Qualifier hosted by Sky High Volleyball Club in Crystal Lake on Sunday.

(Week 9 ranking in parenthesis)

18s
1. SPVB 18 Elite (1)
Note: The much-anticipated showdown with top-seeded Munciana 18 Samurai at the Ultra Ankle Bluegrass Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend never happened. SPVB 18 Elite lost to Tri-State Elite 18 Blue 25-16, 23-25, 15-9 in pool play, then lost to K2 Adidas Jota 25-18, 25-17 in the Gold bracket to go 3-2 and finish tied for fifth in the 35-team 18 Open field.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. Illini Elite 18 Cardinal on Court 1 at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

2. Uno Girls 18 Elite (2)
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. Michio Chicago 18 National on Court 1 at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

3. Michio Chicago 18 National (3)
Note: Michio Chicago 18 National went 5-0 at Sunday’s Great Lakes Region Bid Qualifier hosted by Sky High Volleyball Club in Crystal Lake, defeating Epic United 18 Elite ROX 28-26, 25-14 to complete the sweep.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. Uno Girls 18 Elite on Court 1 at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

4. Illini Elite 18 Cardinal (4)
Note: Illini Elite 18 Cardinal went 2-3 and finished tied for fifth in the 36-team 18 Open field at the Ultra Ankle Bluegrass Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend. Illini Elite lost its opener to TI Elite 181 18-25, 25-20, 15-4, then saw top-seeded Munciana 18 Samurai up close and personal in a 25-19, 25-15 loss.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. SPVB 18 Elite on Court 1 at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

5. (tie) Sky High Adidas 18 Black (5)
Note: Sky High Adidas 18 Black went 5-0 at Sunday’s Great Lakes Region Bid Qualifier on its home courts, defeating ESVBC (Eastside Volleyball Club out of East Peoria) 18 Ninjas 25-19, 25-15 in the semifinals.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. Sky High Adidas 16 Black on Court 3 at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 
 

5. (tie) IL STLHP (Illinois St. Louis High Performance) 18 Elite (5)
Next: Mideast Qualifier March 23-25 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

5. (tie) Fusion 18 Black (5)
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. FC Elite 17 Navy on Court 2 at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 17.

Other teams to watch: SPVB 18 Kahl, 1st Alliance 18 Silver, ESVBC (Eastside) Ninjas 18U, Ultimate G18 Gold, VC United 181 Elite, Club 1 18 Red, Fusion 18 Red, SPVB 18 Navy, Chicago Elite 18 Elite, Adversity G18 Purple,  Kane County 18 Gold, SPVB 18 Blue, Rolling Thunder 18 Blue.

17s
1. Fusion 17 Red (1)

Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. 1st Alliance 16 Silver on Court 4 at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 17.

2. Illini Elite 17 Cardinal (2)
Note: Illini Elite 17 Cardinal went 1-5 and finished 15th in the 35-team 17 Open field at the Ultra Ankle Bluegrass Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend. Illini Elite dropped a pair of three-setters and its lone win was a 16-25, 25-17, 15-11 decision over NKYVC 17-1 Tsunami.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. Milwaukee Sting 17 Gold on Court 4 at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

3. Michio Chicago 17 National (3)
Note: Michio Chicago 17 National needed three sets to take down Sky High Adidas 17 Red 22-25, 25-23, 15-9 Sunday at the Great Lakes Region Bid Qualifier hosted by Sky High Volleyball Club in Crystal Lake, but was otherwise unscathed through its four matches.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. SPVB 18 White on Court 5 at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

4. Uno Girls 17 Elite (4)
Note: Uno Girls 17 Elite started 3-2 Sunday at the Great Lakes Region Bid Qualifier hosted by Sky High Volleyball Club in Crystal Lake, losing to 1st Alliance 17 Black 23-25, 25-23, 15-7 in pool play and Michio Chicago 17 National 25-16, 25-23 in the Gold bracket. But Uno bounced back to topple 1st Alliance 17 Black 25-14, 25-11 in both teams’ finale.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. FaR Out 18 Gold on Court 5 at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

5. IL STLHP (Illinois St. Louis High Performance) 17 Elite (5)
 Next: USAV 17s Crossroads Qualifier March 16-18 in Denver, Colorado. 

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

16s
1. 1st Alliance 16 Silver (1)
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. Fusion 17 Red on Court 4 at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

2. SPVB 16 Elite (2)
Note: SPVB 16 Elite had to win a challenge match – beating Carolina Rogue 16 25-21, 25-12 – to get into the Gold bracket at the Ultra Ankle Bluegrass Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend, but then lost its second round bracket match to Mintonette Sports m.61 25-15, 25-20 to go 3-3 and finish tied for third in the 35-team 16 Open field.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open division vs. 1st Alliance 16 Black on Court 1 at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

3. Michio Chicago 16 National (3)
Next: Mideast Qualifier March 23-25 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

4. Sky High Adidas 16 Black (4)
Next: Great Lakes Power League 18 Super Open division vs. Sky High Adidas 18 Black on Court 3 at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

5. (tie) SPVB 16 C-Fed (5)
Next: JVA World Challenge April 6-8 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

5. (tie) lllini Elite 16 Cardinal (5)
Next: JVA World Challenge April 6-8 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Other teams to watch: Fusion 16 Red, Cyclones 16 Black Adidas, Uno Girls 16 Elite, 1st Alliance 16 Black, 1st Alliance 16 Red, SPVB 16 Red, Club 1 16 Red, New WAVE 16 Tsunami, Rolling Thunder 16 Blue, IPV (Illinois Performance Volleyball) 16HP, D1 Elite G16 Black.

15s
1. Lions 15-1 (1)

Next: Mi
deast Qualifier March 23-25 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2. SPVB 15 Elite (2)
Note: SPVB 15 Elite went 5-2 in the 35-team 16 Open field at the Ultra Ankle Bluegrass Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend, finishing ninth and winning the Silver after losing to Milwaukee Sting 15 Gold 25-19, 21-25, 15-13 in its pool play finale and to NKYVC 15-1 Tsunami 25-15, 25-15 in a challenge match to get into the Gold bracket.
Next: Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open division vs. SPVB 15 C-Fed on Court 2 at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

3. SPVB 15 C-Fed (3)
Next: Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open division vs. SPVB 15 Elite on Court 2 at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

4. Sky High Adidas 15 Black (4)
Next: 18 Nike Mideast Qualifier March 23-25 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

5. Fusion 15 Red (5)
Next: Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open division vs. FC Elite 16 Navy on Sunday, April 15, at 8:00 a.m. on Court 5 at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. 

Other teams to watch: Wildcat Jrs. 15 Black, Lions 15 Red, Michio Chicago 15 National, Uno Girls 15 Elite, Ultimate G15 Gold, Pipeline 15 Nike, Illini Elite 15 Black, Chicago Elite 15 Elite, Lions Woodridge 15-1, ESVBC Cougars 15U.

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