Lily Barry grew up wanting to join Illinois' volleyball program one day and the rising University High School junior standout will do so in the fall 2023.
CHAMPAIGN — University High School's Kendall Burk and Normal West's Averie Hernandez were named to the first team of the 39th Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette All-State Volleyball Team on Monday.
In a match with a loud crowd that reminded all of years past, Normal West rallied late to oust Normal Community in a tense Big 12 volleyball match.
Normal West trailed 21-19 late in the third set before rallying to down Normal Community, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, to earn a share of the Big 12 Conference volleyball title.
Normal West faced a tough Normal Community volleyball team at NCHS.
Deer Creek-Mackinaw's Sam Hovey, Sami Allen of El Paso-Gridley, Fieldcrest's Gracie Schultz and Summer Sheley of Tri-Valley were unanimous selections to the all-Heart of Illinois Conference volleyball team.
University High's volleyball team can't win a state title, but Pioneers '"just thankful to have this moment and spend this time with each other" in shortened season.
The Friday Night Lights are not being turned on in Illinois this fall. Football players, coaches, parents and fans are learning to adapt and hoping the season can begin in March.
The IHSA has offered guidance about contact days this fall for sports that are not in season
U High's 6-foot-3 Maycie Welborn can't leave volleyball alone because it's a sport in which she's never alone. Her search to connect with others through volleyball will continue in 2021 at Morehead State University.
Volleyball requires planning ahead and reacting in the moment, things that have helped small businesses involved in youth sports such as the Illini Elite Volleyball Club endure the coronavirus pandemic.
As two-time Olympian Ogonna Nnamani Silva prepares to graduate from medical school amidst a pandemic, she's counting on lessons she learned as an athlete to help her persevere.
Once Corinna Jones' volleyball coach made her try setting, she loved it. That passion helped the Bloomington senior earn a scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth.
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Jamie Ward lost her guiding voice/hand in December when her father, Tom While, died in an ice fishing accident. It has led the highly successful Tri-Valley volleyball coach to step away from coaching and follow her own words: that family comes first.
Coaches have to stay off the court so Pantagraph Area Volleyball Player of the Year Isabel Schaefbauer has sort of been breaking the rules as a coach-on-the-floor for University High School.
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The Normal West High School girls basketball team improved to 5-0 with a 58-40 victory at Pontiac on Monday.
St. Teresa defeats Breese Mater Dei, 25-22, 26-24. It's the first state volleyball title in the history of Macon County.
University High School's volleyball team, third in the 2017 Class 3A state tournament, finished fourth on Saturday at Redbird Arena after falling to LaGrange Park Nazareth Academy, 25-21, 25-22.
NORMAL — It was the most important dig of Abby Robinson’s life.
The University High School volleyball team fell to Joliet Catholic Academy, 25-23-25-20, in Friday's Class 3A state semifinals at Redbird Arena.
Joliet Catholic defeats U High, 25-23, 25-20. The Pioneers play for third place against LaGrange Park Nazareth at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Thirteen Intercity volleyball players earned some level of all-Big 12 Conference recognition as did 16 soccer players.
University High School's volleyball team (33-6) can avenge a 2018 sectional final loss with a victory over Joliet Catholic (25-14) in a 5:30 p.m. Class 3A state semifinal at Redbird Arena on Friday.
The Pioneers return to Redbird Arena for a chance at another state title, starting off with a semifinal against Joliet Catholic at 5:30 p.m. Friday.