Where are they now? A look at where 150+ Illinois boys are playing college volleyball

Neuqua Valley’s Kevin Kauling is now plying his talents at Lewis University in Romeoville, where he was a second team All-MIVA selection as a freshman. (Photo by Dave Ruggles)

Illinois not only ranks second among all states in the number of boys who play high school volleyball (trailing only California in the most recent survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations), it is also near the top of the list for the number of its student-athletes who go on to play volleyball in college.

So we asked club directors to send us their lists of alumni who are currently playing volleyball at a college or university anywhere in the country. There are more than 150 names on this list, although we know there are many more still out there.

If you know of current college volleyball player who is not on this list, please forward that information to us at illprepvb@gmail.com.

Peter Alessandri, 6-4, Senior, M, Willowbrook/630 Volleyball Club, Benedictine University
Ryne Anders, 5-5, Sophomore, Libero/DS, Oswego/Club 1 VBC, Loras College
Mike Anderson, 6-5, Freshman, M, Plainfield Central/Club 1 VBC, Millikin University
JT Ardell, 6-9, Sophomore, M, Glenbard West/Sports Performance VBC, Pepperdine University
Marc Arsenault, 6-5, Sophomore, OH/RS, Plainfield Central/Club 1 VBC, Siena Heights University
Hunter Bailey, 6-7, Sophomore, M, Timothy Christian/Sports Performance VBC, Lindenwood University
Tanner Beattie, 5-8, Freshman, Libero/DS, Lockport/Ultimate VBC, Benedictine University
Dominic Bennett, 6-1, Freshman, Setter, Plainfield Central/Club 1 VBC, Illinois Wesleyan University
Jacob Bentz, 6-0, Senior, Setter, Oswego/Sports Performance VBC, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Matt Binkus, 6-4, Junior, M, Plainfield East/Club 1 VBC, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Jack Bolz, 6-8, Freshman, OH/RS, Maine South/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), George Mason University
Kevin Braceros, 5-10, Senior, OH/RS, Elk Grove/Pipeline VBC, North Central College
Preston Bright, 6-1, Freshman, OH/RS, Plainfield East/Club 1 VBC, Indiana Institute of Technology

New Trier’s Peter Brown is now playing at USC alongside Barrington’s Michael O’Toole. (Photo by Dave Ruggles)

Peter Brown, 6-8, Freshman, OH/RS, New Trier/Chicago Bounce VBC, University of Southern California
Carter Burzlaff, 6-6, Sophomore, Setter, Bartlett/Pipeline VBC, Lewis University
Jacob Bush, 6-6, Sophomore, M, Bartlett/Pipeline VBC, Dominican University
Sean Califf, 6-4, Sophomore, Setter, Oak Park-River Forest/Sports Performance VBC, Purdue University Fort Wayne
Jeremy Cardenas, 6-9, Sophomore, M, Neuqua Valley/Sports Performance VBC, North Central College
Ethan Carroll, 6-8, Senior, OH/RS, Barrington/Sports Performance VBC, McKendree University
Hayden Castle, 6-5, Sophomore, OH/RS, Oswego/Club 1 VBC, Loras College
Nic Cavallaro, 6-3, Senior, OH/RS, Glenbrook South/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), Queens University
Noah Chanthalangsy, 5-6, Freshman, Libero/DS, Rockford Auburn/VC United VBC, Benedictine University
Andrew Colantone, 6-3, Senior, Setter, Plainfield South/Club 1 VBC, Mount Mercy University
Francisco Comas, 5-6, Junior, Libero/DS, Neuqua Valley/Sports Performance VBC, McKendree University
Trey Cowan, 6-5, Junior, OH/RS, Plainfield East/Club 1 VBC, Dominican University
Brandyn Cullen, 5-11, Junior, OH/RS, Lincoln-Way West/Sports Performance VBC, Cardinal Stritch University
Quinn Cummings, 6-3, Freshman, OH/RS, Providence Catholic/UNO Volleyball Club, Loras College
John Davis, 6-5, Junior, OH/RS, Naperville Central/Sports Performance VBC, Benedictine University
Mitchell Deacon, 6-2, Freshman, M, Plainfield South/Club 1 VBC, Aurora University
Matthew Degnan, 6-4, Freshman, Setter, Benet Academy/Sports Performance VBC, Augustana College
Gabe DiBenidetto, 6-2, Sophomore, Setter, Boylan Catholic/VC United VBC, Endicott College
Quinn Dickerson, 6-5, Freshman, M, Lisle/Club 1 VBC, Olivet College
Jacob Dix, 5-8, Freshman, Libero/DS, Neuqua Valley/Sports Performance VBC, Concordia University Chicago
Kyle Dixon, 6-4, Junior, OH/RS, Lockport/Sports Performance VBC, Trine University
Kevin Doran, 6-7, Freshman, M, Naperville North/Sports Performance VBC, Ball State University
Kyle Eggers, 6-1, Freshman, OH/RS, Hononegah/VC United VBC, Dominican University
Karson Eggert, 6-1, Freshman, Setter, Plainfield East/Club 1 VBC, North Central College
Felix Egharevba, 6-5, Junior, M, Naperville Central/Sports Performance VBC, Ball State University
Drew Ehlers, 6-8, Sophomore, M, Plainfield North/Club 1 VBC, St. Xavier University
Justin Elliott, 6-3, Senior, OH/RS, Lockport/Club 1 VBC, Aurora University
Anthony Fermaintt, 6-1, Freshman, OH/RS, Hoffman Estates/Pipeline VBC, Grand View University
Anthony Figueroa, 5-7, Freshman, Libero/DS, Downers Grove South/631 Volleyball Club, St. Xavier University
Dorian Fiorenza, 6-4, Sophomore, OH/RS, Plainfield North/Sports Performance VBC, Loras College
Jack Fischer, 5-10, Junior, OH/RS, Lake Park/Pipeline VBC, Aurora University
Tim Folliard, 6-1, Junior, Setter, Naperville Central/Sports Performance VBC, Benedictine University
Tyler Ford, 6-2, Sophomore, Setter, Fenton/Pipeline VBC, Illinois Institute of Technology
Jack Fyda, 6-4, Junior, OH/RS, St. Ignatius/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), Stevens Institute of Technology
Jose Gallardo, 6-2, Sophomore, OH/RS, North Chicago/Sky High Volleyball Club, Millikin University
Sebastian Gawronski, 6-4, Freshman, OH/RS, Maine South/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), Loras College
Adam Gebala, 6-3, Sophomore, OH/RS, Fenton/Pipeline VBC, Aurora University
Chase Gil, 6-6, Freshman, OH/RS, Minooka/UNO Volleyball Club, Aquinas College
John Glennon, 6-4, Freshman, M, Lincoln-Way East/UNO Volleyball Club, St. Xavier-Chicago
Marcus Gonzalez, 6-2, Senior, OH/RS, Elgin/Pipeline VBC, Benedictine University
Josh Gottlieb, 6-6, Freshman, OH/RS, Wheaton Warrenville South/Sports Performance VBC, Loyola University-Chicago
Jacob Grygo, 6-5, Junior, Setter, Addison Trail/Slide City VBC, Benedictine University
Jeramie Gutierrez, 6-2, Sophomore, OH/RS, West Aurora/Sports Performance VBC, St. Ambrose University
Cameron Hacker, 6-2, Sophomore, Setter, Conant/Pipeline VBC, Judson University
Fredrick Halper, 6-0, Sophomore, Libero/DS, Downers Grove North/Sports Performance VBC, Millikin University
Ben Harrington, 6-4, Freshman, OH/RS, Glenbard West/Future Volleyball Club, Princeton University

New Trier’s Colin Heath is now playing at George Mason University. (Photo by Dave Ruggles)

Colin Heath, 6-4, Freshman, OH/RS, New Trier/Chicago Bounce VBC, George Mason University
Richie Hoff, 6-2, Junior, OH/RS, Maine South/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), George Mason University
Danny Hoffman, 5-11, Freshman, OH/RS, Hinsdale Central/630 Volleyball Club, Loras College
Jack Hrvatin, 6-7, Sophomore, M, Lincoln-Way East/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), Stevenson University
Quinn Isaacson, 6-3, Junior, Setter, Plainfield North/Club 1 VBC, Ball State University
Eddie Jakubauskas, 6-5, Sophomore, OH/RS, Plainfield South/Sports Performance VBC, Quincy University
John Jaworski, 5-10, Sophomore, Libero/DS, Naperville North/Sports Performance VBC, Daemen College
Marty Jepsen, 6-1, Sophomore, Libero/DS, Marist/Ultimate VBC, Lewis University
Daniel Kaszuba, 6-7, Sophomore, OH/RS, Schaumburg/Sports Performance VBC, McKendree University
Kevin Kauling, 6-8, Sophomore, Setter, Neuqua Valley/Sports Performance VBC, Lewis University
Connor Keating, 6-2, Freshman, Libero/DS, Andrew/Ultimate VBC, Lewis University
Carlton Keith, 6-0, Freshman, OH/RS, Rockford Jefferson/VC United VBC, Grand View University
Hari Khaira, 6-3, Sophomore, Setter, Plainfield Central/Club 1 VBC, St. Ambrose University
Kenny Kirnberger, 5-7, Freshman, Libero/DS, Rockford Boylan/VC United VBC, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Jason Klein, 5-10, Freshman, Setter, Oak Park-River Forest/632 Volleyball Club, St. Xavier University
Andrew Kohut, 6-6, Junior, OH/RS, Metea Valley/Sports Performance VBC, Belmont Abbey College
Thomas Kovanic, 6-8, Senior, OH/RS, West Aurora/Sports Performance VBC, Aurora University
Caleb Kulesza, 6-4, Sophomore, OH/RS, Homeschool/Pipeline VBC, Dordt College
Kevin Lamp, 6-6, Sophomore, OH/RS, Lake Forest/Sports Performance VBC, Stanford University
Brandon Langys, 6-1, Senior, Libero/DS, Plainfield South/Club 1 VBC, Aurora University
Mike LeGros, 6-1, Senior, Setter, Downers Grove North/Future Volleyball Club, Benedictine University
Stephen Lewandowski, 6-5, Sophomore, M, Rockford Boylan/VC United VBC, Clarke University
Trevor Lewis, 6-3, Freshman, OH/RS, Lincoln-Way East/UNO Volleyball Club, St. Francis (Pennsylvania)
Chris Livesay, 6-0, Sophomore, Libero/DS, Lake Park/Pipeline VBC, Concordia Chicago
Jacob Mailloux, 6-6, Sophomore, OH/RS, Hersey/Sports Performance VBC, Purdue University Fort Wayne
Dan Mangun, 6-4, Freshman, Setter, Joliet Catholic/UNO Volleyball Club, Loyola University-Chicago
Nick Martinski, 6-7, Junior, OH/RS, Lake Park/Pipeline VBC, Ball State University
Brennan Marzella, 6-6, Freshman, M, Lake Forest/Chicago Bounce VBC, Carthage College
Nathan Mason, 6-3, Junior, OH/RS, Plainfield East/Club 1 VBC, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Colin McClintic, 6-10, Junior, OH/RS, Oswego East/Sports Performance VBC, Lewis University
John McCormack, 6-5, Sophomore, M, Naperville Central/Club 1 VBC, Aurora University
Connor McNear, 6-3, Freshman, M, Wheaton North/Pipeline VBC, Rockford University
James Meinhart, 6-6, Freshman, M, Glenbard West/Future Volleyball Club, Loyola University-Chicago
Alex Menelli, 6-1, Freshman, OH/RS, Plainfield East/Club 1 VBC, Trine University
Cameron Menini, 5-8, Sophomore, Libero/DS, St. Charles North/Sports Performance VBC, Wittenberg University
Anthony Metoyer, 5-7, Freshman, Libero/DS, Plainfield East/Club 1 VBC, Clarke University
Zeo Meyer, 6-5, Freshman, Setter, Wheaton Warrenville South/Future Volleyball Club, Brigham Young University
Zachary Meyer, 6-4, Senior, OH/RS, Wheaton Warrenville South/Sports Performance VBC, University of Jamestown
Caleb Minnis, 6-5, Junior, OH/RS, Downers Grove South/Sports Performance VBC, Augustana College
Tyler Mitchem, 6-11, Senior, M, Bolingbrook/Sports Performance VBC, Lewis University
Paolo Mondini, 6-3, Freshman, Setter, Bolingbrook/Sports Performance VBC, Springfield College
Jesse Moreno, 5-8, Sophomore, Libero/DS, Oswego/Club 1 VBC, St. Ambrose University
Omari Morris, 6-2, Freshman, M, Oswego East/Sports Performance VBC, Millikin University
Jared Moser, 6-4, Sophomore, OH/RS, Wheeling, North Central College
Mike Motyka, 6-3, Senior, Setter, East Leyden/Sports Performance VBC, Carthage College
TJ Murray, 6-9, Senior, M, Barrington/Sports Performance VBC, Lewis University
Mason Nafziger, 5-10, Freshman, Libero/DS, Bloomington Central Catholic/UNO Volleyball Club, Saint Xavier University
Logan Nash, 6-3, Senior, OH/RS, Plainfield South/Club 1 VBC, Lindenwood University
Matt Nealon, 6-1, Junior, Setter, Metea Valley/Sports Performance VBC, North Central College
Parker Nelson, 6-1, Sophomore, Libero/DS, Rockford Boylan/Sports Performance VBC, North Central College
Zac Norvid, 6-0, Senior, Libero/DS, Glenbard West/Sports Performance VBC, Pepperdine University
Chandler Olson, 6-3, Freshman, Setter, Naperville North/Sports Performance VBC, Benedictine University
Chase Olson, 6-6, Junior, M, Naperville North/Sports Performance VBC, Benedictine University
Grant Ooms, 6-5, Senior, OH/RS, Minooka/Club 1 VBC, St. Xavier University
Shane Ooms, 6-4, Freshman, OH/RS, Minooka/UNO Volleyball Club, St. Xavier University
Michael O’Toole, 6-7, Junior, OH/RS, Barrington/Pipeline VBC, University of Southern California
Nick Palatine, 5-8, Sophomore, Libero/DS, Oswego/Club 1 VBC, Clarke University
Jacob Peterson, 6-5, Junior, Setter, Fremd/Pipeline VBC, Sacred Heart University
Aaron Peterson, 6-5, Junior, M, Fremd/Pipeline VBC, Sacred Heart University
Matt Pettke, 6-1, Sophomore, M, Oswego/Club 1 VBC, St. Ambrose University
Ben Pluskota, 6-0, Sophomore, OH/RS, Lincoln-Way West/Ultimate VBC, North Central College
Frank Podgorny, 6-4, Freshman, M, Niles West/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), North Central College
Martin Radomski, 6-0, Sophomore, OH/RS, Bartlett/Pipeline VBC, Benedictine University
Christopher Radomski, 5-8, Sophomore, Libero/DS, Hoffman Estates/Pipeline VBC, Campbellsville University
Kyle Rasmussen, 6-4, Sophomore, OH/RS, Oak Park-River Forest/Sports Performance VBC, New York University
Marchs Rembert, 6-2, Freshman, M, Plainfield North/Club 1 VBC, Augustana College
Matt Richmond, 5-11, Junior, Setter, Plainfield North/Club 1 VBC, Aquinas College
Caden Ritchey, 5-7, Freshman, Libero/DS, Minooka/Club 1 VBC, Lees-McCrae University
Liam Roberts, 6-7, Freshman, OH/RS, Loyola Academy/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), Concordia University-Irvine
Jerell Rogers, 6-5, Junior, M, Oswego/Club 1 VBC, Aurora University
Westin Roy, 5-10, Freshman, Libero/DS, Rockford Boylan/VC United VBC, Maryville University

Oswego’s Ben Ruggles was an all-conference selection as a sophomore at Mount Mercy University.

Ben Ruggles, 6-0, Junior, Setter, Oswego/Sports Performance VBC, Mount Mercy University
John Rzepniewski, 6-7, Freshman, M, Maine South/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), Grand Canyon University
Paul Rzepniewski, 6-6, Sophomore, M, Maine South/Sports Performance VBC, California State University-Northlake
Michael Sack, 6-9, Freshman, M, St. Laurence/Chicago Volleyball Club, Lewis University
Albion Salihu, 5-11, Sophomore, OH/RS, Plainfield Central/Pipeline VBC, Aurora University
Thomas Samaras, 5-9, Senior, Libero/DS, Lake Park/Pipeline VBC, Benedictine University
Fidel Sanchez, 5-10, Senior, Libero/DS, Bolingbrook/Club 1 VBC, Judson University
Ethan Scott, 6-0, Freshman, OH/RS, Wheaton North/Pipeline VBC, Illinois Wesleyan
Jack Shampine, 6-6, Freshman, OH/RS, Glenbrook South/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), Penn State University
Jake Simpson, 5-7, Sophomore, Setter, Plainfield East/Club 1 VBC, Adrian University
Josh Simpson, 6-3, Senior, OH/RS, Bolingbrook/Club 1 VBC, Limestone University
Dan Skrzypchak, 5-10, Freshman, Libero/DS, South Elgin/Pipeline VBC, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Jacob Smith, 5-10, Junior, Setter, Plainfield Central/Club 1 VBC, Olivet College
Caleb Sorenson, 6-7, Freshman, M, Wheaton North/Pipeline VBC, Brigham Young University
Jacob Stark, 6-8, Freshman, M, St. Charles East/Sports Performance VBC, Stevens Institute of Technology
Carter Stenmark, 6-3, Freshman, OH/RS, Naperville Central/Sports Performance VBC, Lindenwood University
Brandon Stirn, 6-0, Sophomore, OH/RS, Romeoville/Club 1 VBC, Concordia Chicago
Ryan Swartz, 6-2, Freshman, OH/RS, Glenbard West/Sports Performance VBC, University of California-San Diego
Michael Tillman, 6-2, Senior, M, Joliet Catholic/Sports Performance VBC, Clarke University
Shawn Tischler, 6-6, Senior, OH/RS, Downers Grove South/Sports Performance VBC, Sacred Heart University
Anthony Torres, 6-3, Freshman, OH/RS, Oswego East/Sports Performance VBC, William Penn University
James Trowbridge, 6-5, Senior, M, Naperville Central/Club 1 VBC, Clarke University
Jackson Van Eekeren, 6-6, Senior, Setter, Benet Academy/Sports Performance VBC, University of Hawaii
Kyle Vazquez, 5-11, Freshman, Libero/DS, Barrington/Adversity VBC, Benedictine University
Rafael Vieyra III, 6-0, Freshman, Setter, Minooka Community/UNO Volleyball Club, Mount Mercy University
Bryce Walker, 6-7, Freshman, M, St. Francis/Future Volleyball Club, Purdue Fort Wayne
Rico Wardlow, 6-5, Sophomore, M, Bolingbrook/Sports Performance VBC, Purdue University Fort Wayne
Ben Williams, 6-4, Sophomore, OH/RS, Oswego/Club 1 VBC, North Central College
Johnny Winkler, 6-3, Senior, Libero/DS, Glenbard West/Sports Performance VBC, Lindenwood University
Nick Woolley, 6-4, Freshman, OH/RS, Plainfield North/Club 1 VBC, Trine University
Nikos Xydakis, 6-5, Freshman, OH/RS, Boylan Catholic/VC United VBC, McKendree University
Brian Yoo, 6-3, Freshman, OH/RS, Maine East/MOD Volleyball Club (formerly D1), Roosevelt University
Zach Zelenik, 6-1, Junior, Setter, Hinsdale South/Sports Performance VBC, Marian University

To see where Illinois girls are playing college volleyball, go to: https://illprepvb.com/stories/where-are-they-now-a-look-at-where-500-illinois-girls-are-playing-college-volleyball/

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