Girls Volleyball news
Geneva placed third in Class 2A, St. Charles East was fourth in Class 3A, Burlington Central was sixth in 2A and St. Charles North seventh in 2A at the State Dance Championships in Bloomington.
Stefanie Otto has been Prairie Ridge's only volleyball coach since the school opened in 1997, recording more than 700 wins in her coaching career. After 27 seasons at Prairie Ridge, Otto will retire at the end of the school year.
Brooke Schwall of Joliet West is a modern-day rarity, playing and excelling in volleyball, basketball and softball for the Tigers. “To do what she does is amazing,” West basketball coach Bre Blackmon said.
The La Salle-Peru volleyball team recently handed out awards for the 2023 season.
Here are 30 of the best girls volleyball players across The Times coverage area, The Times All-Area Girls Volleyball Team.
Cheyenne Joachim’s all-around game helped this year’s Ottawa Pirates to a historically successful season, and also carried her to the honor of the 2023 Times Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.
Meet the 2023 Sauk Valley Media All-Area girls volleyball team.
For her record-setting senior season that led the Rock Falls Rockets to a third-place finish at the Class 2A State Finals, outside hitter Claire Bickett is the 2023 Sauk Valley Media Volleyball Player of the Year.
For guiding the Rock Falls Rockets to a third-place finish at the Class 2A State Finals in the final season of her 26-year tenure, Sheila Pillars is the 2023 Sauk Valley Media Volleyball Coach of the Year.
The area's best on the volleyball court are highlighted
Ava Grevengoed became the first Joliet West player to reach 1,000 kills in a career and led the Tigers to back-to-back supersectional appearances
Meet the 2023 Northwest Herald All-Area girls volleyball team.
Woodstock third-year coach Jimmy Neill helped lead the Blue Streaks to a memorable season, including the program's first regional title since 2006. Neill is the 2023 Northwest Herald Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Woodstock senior outside hitter Hallie Steponaitis had one of best offensive seasons in McHenry County history, recording 565 kills and leading the Blue Streaks to their first regional title since 2006. Steponaitis is the 2023 Northwest Herald Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.
Willowbrook senior and Marquette recruit Calli Kenny, who capped off a record-setting career by leading the Warriors to their first state tournament appearance and third place in Class 4A, is the Suburban Life girls volleyball Player of the Year.