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5.22.15 - Trish Samolinski has been named COACH of the MONTH
Trisha Samolinski has been named COACH of the MONTH for the month of May.
Trish wears many hats, including head coach of Lions 13-1, acting director of Lions West, mom of 3 little girls while holding down a full time job in her spare time!
"Trish" guided her Lions 13-1's to a 5th place finish in the 13 open at the Windy City qualifier, finished 1st place for the THIRD year in a row in the Windy City power league, earning a national bid to New Orleans. She has also coached her team to numerous other tourney championships this season and in the past.
Trish is very dedicated to the club and the sport and deeply cares about each of her players. She never misses practice and often steps up and subs for other coaches despite her own busy schedule.
She always comes in early to work with her players and also helps the club out by working clinics and covering for coaches when they need help.
Lions West 10's thru 12's have flourished under her leadership this year. Thank you Trish, for all you do!
5.16.15 - 2015 Defensive Dandies Part I: Dandy Lions
Rhiannon Schuenemann, Soph., Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois) â€“ Standing just 5-7, "Rhi" will most likely play libero in college but she plays all-around for her 1st Alliance 16 Silver team and "does just about everything" according to her club coach, Liz Baetzel. "Her ball-control and knowledge of the game put her playing much bigger than she is," Baetzel added. "I can tell her to swing off the opposing blockâ€™s pinkie and she can do it. She is small but mighty and reminds me of a former player I had 'Annemarie Hickey.' This kid is going to be someone's gem when they discover how good she is."
4.6.15 - Information posted about the upcoming WAVES Spring Classic
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2.18.15 - Congratulations to all teams that participated in events this Presidents Day weekend
Top finishers included:
Lions 13-1 - 2nd Place in the Wi Jrs Presidents Day Tourney - Open
Lions 14Teal - 1st Place in the Wi Jrs Presidents Day Tourney - Club
Lions 14South - 2nd Place in the Wi Jrs Presidents Day Tourney - Club
1st Alliance 18Silver - 2nd Place in the SPVB Presidents Day Challenge - Open
1st Alliance 18Onxy - 2nd Place in the SPVB Presidents Day Challenge - Club
Congrats to the following All-Tournament selections from the weekend:
Riley Burchett 18Silver
Symone Speech 18 Silver
Kyra White 18 Onyx
Sarah Musienga 18 Onyx
Maeve Grimes 17 White
1.28.15 - Mike Walsh has been named COACH of the MONTH
For the month of January, Mike Walsh has been named COACH of the MONTH.
Mike has been very busy in the gym helping out extra with lessons, assisting 16Silver, prompt communication with team and staff, going the extra mile for his 3CE Boys 18 & under team, racing from a long commute from work to make it to practices, and leading by example to his players and staff. His enthusiasm and positive spirit is appreciated!! Congrats Mike.
12.22.14 - Hannah Juley wins "Best Setter" at the 2014 AVCA Under Armour All-American Match and Skills Competition
Congratulations Hannah Juley, 5-10 S, Lyons Township High School (LaGrange, Illinois), 1st Alliance â€” Wisconsin
09.20.14 - PrepVolleyball.com is proud to present its Senior Aces, the top 250 volleyball recruits in the Class of 2015
71. Julia Saunders, 6-3 OH/RS, Nazareth Academy (LaGrange Park, Illinois), 1st Alliance â€” Wisconsin
Saunders has great length, a big arm and hits a heavy ball that gets on back-row players in a hurry. She can hit from anywhere and her agility allows her to be a blocking asset from all three positions along the net. Saunders plays with high intensity and is a big-time competitor who hates to lose. She is coachable and caring, self-motivated, a leader and a student of the game whose father is her high school coach. Saunders always wanted to play in the Big Ten and will get her wish at Wisconsin, where she has committed. Saunders recently moved to the pin after being in the middle most of her early career and is motivated to become a six-rotation player at a high level. If she succeeds, the Badgers will be getting even more than they expected.
65. Symone Speech, 6-3 MB, Oak Park-River Forest (Oak Park, Illinois), 1st Alliance â€“ Georgetown
Fast laterally and off the floor, Speech is a blocker supreme whose eye work, determination, long arms and big hands make her very difficult to hit around or through. A high contact hitter, Speech is adept at attacking both in front of and behind the setter as well as hitting high ball sets from either pin. She also is good in serve receive for a tall player. Speech has been soaking up volleyball information since the sport became her passion in the seventh grade. â€Her every question and every athletic activity have all been geared to make her the best volleyball player that she can possibly be,â€ said high school coach Don August. â€œWhen the class had to run she asked to jump rope. When the others wanted to shoot baskets, she wanted to practice serving. She does not miss a rep or rotation in both drills and scrimmages and in fact doubles her work load by working with both the middles and the left sides.â€ Voted team captain, Speech is the kind of player everyone looks to, not just because she is the hardest worker in the gym, but also because of her infectious personality. Headed to Georgetown, she should make a big impact in each of her four years in D.C.
Hannah Juley, 5-10 S, Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois), 1st Alliance â€” Wisconsin
A foot injury knocked Juley off the court for most of her junior year, but her reputation as a top talent had already been established. A setter for only the better part of two years, Juley has lots of room to grow in the position. She has outstanding athletic ability that sets her apart. Her jumping ability makes her an able blocker and she has the confidence, communication skills, nice hands and high volleyball I.Q. to become an elite setter. Juley locates well and runs a fast offense. She moves well, has good range running down balls and puts up a consistent, hittable ball. Also a very good defender, Juley is just going to keep getting better and better. She will join her older sister, Erin, at Wisconsin, where she has committed.
08.20.14 - 3rd Coast Elite VBC has created a Facebook Page, please Like Us to get up to date info on the Boys club!
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08.13.14 - 3CE High School Boys Tryout Information Now Available
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05.19.14 - 92 Players donated 8 inches of hair to support cancer patients
Make the Cut was a huge success!
All hair that was donated was sent to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths campaign
ABC news was onhand to cover the event!
Click here to see the ABC news coverage
Thanks to all who donated their hair, bought t-shirts, or entered the raffle.
Volleyball news from the weekend:
18Silver won the Central Zone Tourney
Lions 12-1 won the Palos 13 and under Tourney
05.06.14 - Greta Molek 12Navy made the cut in honor of her grandmother!
She proudly wears her shirt & will celebrate on May 18.
Thanks for your support Greta
04.30.14 - 17Onyx takes home silver at the Show Me Qualifier in Kansas City
17Onyx takes home silver at the Show Me Qualifier in Kansas City
The team went 8-2 with some terrifc wins!
Way to go Team!
04.18.14 - WCPL 14's Division Champs!
Lions 14-1's finished 1st overall in the 14's division of league play earning them a bid to Nationals.
They went an impressive 15-0 throughout power league play, beating the only other undefeated team in
the final match of the season in straight sets.
Way to go Lions!
04.18.14 - 16Silver takes home a bronze medal and a bid to GJNCs
Way to go 16Silver
04.18.14 - The Lions West 13 Black team won the Asics Tournament over the weekend.
The Lions West 13 Black team won the Asics Tournament over the weekend.
02.19.14 - Lions 12 west wins the Mikasa Point Series Tournament.
Lions 12 west wins the Mikasa Point Series Tournament.
02.19.14 - Lots of Presidents Day Success for many teams
Lions 13-1 (Pictured), Lions 14-1 and Lions 15White all won the 2014 WI Juniors President's Day Tournament!
1st Alliance 17Silver won the 17 Open division of the 14 Mizuno SPVB Presidents Day Challenge,
while Lions 16Red placed 3rd in the 16 Club division.
Congratulations to the following players for MVP or all-tournament honors:
Lexi Mantas- MVP
Sami Knight- All-tournament
Riley Burchett- All-tournament
Meg Kern- All-tournament