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last minute changes due to weather. Click here to go to the Facebook page.

May Newsletter Published

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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!

Congratulations!

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04.18.14 - 16Silver takes home a bronze medal and a bid to GJNCs


Way to go 16Silver

Congratulations!

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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.

Congratulations!

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02.19.14 - Lions 12 west wins the Mikasa Point Series Tournament.


Lions 12 west wins the Mikasa Point Series Tournament.

Congratulations!

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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:

17Silver:
Lexi Mantas- MVP
Sami Knight- All-tournament
Riley Burchett- All-tournament

16Red: Meg Kern- All-tournament

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12.26.13 - Ugly Sweaters!


12 and Unders celebrate the holidays with a little UGLY Sweater practice!

We wish everyone Happy Holidays.

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12.23.13 - Annemarie Hickey finishes career with Wisconsin in the NCAA National Finals


In the back court, the Badgers tallied 73 digs to 78 from the Lions. Senior Annemarie Hickey closed
out her college career with a bang, recording a match-high 26 digs, just one save shy of tying her season high.

"Anyone being a senior, coming off a loss at the end of their season would be upset," Hickey said.
"But I'm also really happy for myself and for my teammates and how long we came and really having confidence
in ourselves when no one else was believing in us. We always believed we were going to win and take it all the way.

"It's been an incredible journey for me, and, like I said before, I'm really excited for the rest of these girls
for their next year and to prove to, keep proving people wrong and just keep battling."

Click here for more information on the Annemarie and her great career at Wisconsin


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12.09.13 - Coaches, players and parents help out at the Feed my Starving Children Organization


Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding
God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults
hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship the
meals to nearly 70 countries around the world

Thanks to all those who participated!

Click here for more information on the Feed my Starving Children Organization


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11.13.13 - Parent/Player Meetings set for Monday 11/18



Parent/Player Meetings set for Monday 11/18



Location: Corral at Lyons Township South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Rd, Western Springs.

12's thru 14's meeting is at 6:15pm
15-18's meeting is at 8:00pm


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11.04.13 - Congratulations on a successful 2013 Lions Jrs Fall League!



TA special congratulation’s to our End of Year Tournament Champions.
See below for the list of winners. Thank you again to our parent volunteers.


You did an amazing job!

7th Grade Invite: Royal
8th Grade Invite: Carolina Blue
1/2nd Grade: Black
3rd Grade: Neon
4th Grade Club: Teal
4th Grade Open: Turquoise
5th Grade Club: Sapphire
5th Grade Open: Purple
6th Grade Club: Hot Pink
6th Grade Open: Kelly Green
7th Grade JH: Black
8th Grade JH: Sapphire


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09.17.13 - High School and College Accomplishments








2013 Girls Top 50 Volleyball Players

Joyce Balash 6-1 Sr. MH Montini
Amber Clay 5-10 Sr. OH Marian Catholic
Kelly Ferguson 5-11 Sr. MB Lemont
Hannah Juley 5-11 Jr. S Lyons
Sami Knight 5-8 Jr. S Sandburg
Jacqueline Langer 5-11 Sr. OH Lincoln-Way Central
Jenna Lodewyk 5-11 Sr. S Timothy Christian
Katherine Mahlke 6-1 Sr. OH Downers North
Lexi Mantas 5-11 Jr. OH Stagg
Molly Mayo 5-10 Sr. S Marist
Amy Nosek 6-1 Sr. OH York
Toni Saracco 5-6 Jr. DS Lyons
Julia Saunders 6-4 Jr. OH Nazareth

Mahlke Makes Top 100 Senior Aces:
68. Katherine Mahlke, 6-1 RS, Downers Grove North (Downers Grove, Illinois), 1st Alliance – Michigan

Mahlke is a big-jumping lefty who packs a punch from a very high attack point and creates offensive
angles that are difficult for opponents to successfully defend. A strong blocker, Mahlke uses her
touch approaching 10-0 to reach high. She understands how to penetrate the net as well as how to
read her opponent's attack line. Mahlke hits a solid jump float serve and can play all six rotations
due to her serve reception ability, her defense and her back-row attack, skills that have improved
greatly over the past club season. A humble, hard-working athlete who leads by example and has been
an outstanding role model in her four years as a high school starter, she needs strength and experience
to become a big time player for Michigan, where she has committed. But she has all the tools to take her
game to an elite level and be an impact player in a strong Wolverine recruiting class.

Marcinek Earns Freshman of the Week Honors for Kennesaw State
Click here for the article on Kelly

Birks Named Preseason All-Big Ten for Illinois
Click here for the article on Jocelynn

MaryKate Imrie Earns Horizon League Preseason Honors for UIC
Click here for the article on MaryKate

RILEY NAMED BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK for Kansas
Click here for the article on Bri

Lundstrom Becomes All-Time Digs Leader for Belmont
Click here for the article on Jamie

Lauren Zerante Named MVC Defensive Player Of The Weekfor Bradley
Click here for the article on Lauren

Lewis' Alexis Davito Named GLVC Women's Volleyball Offensive Player Of The Week
Click here for the article on Alexis

Lewis' Alexis Davito Named GLVC Women's Volleyball Offensive Player Of The Week
Click here for the article on Alexis


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09.17.13 - 3CE Volunteer Event: Special Olympics Young Athletes "TRY"athlon



Please see the info below on how to Register for our 1st Ever Club Volunteer Event!
Hope to see you there!

Info:
Special Olympics is having a “TryAthalon” on Sunday, September 29, and they need
volunteers to help with the obstacle course portion of the event. Volunteers are
needed from 8am to 2pm (it’s in Wheaton) and they would
get 6 hours of service for the activity.

From the Event Coordinator:
I’m happy your group is signing onto to volunteer for our event, that’s wonderful! All volunteers will help
with both set up and tear down for the event. While the event is going on volunteers will be asked to help
with either the obstacle course stations or being guides on the bike trail. In order for your group to sign up
they will need to visit the website below.

Click here to sign up

This website will take you directly to our volunteer TRYathlon page.
At the bottom of the page you’ll see a ‘Click Here to Register’. That will start the volunteer sign up process,
make sure everyone fills in their information and submits and then confirms which position they are interested in.


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08.16.13 - 1st Alliance was ranked as the 8th best club in the Nation!!



Triple Crown Sports spent the past year creating a national ranking system for club volleyball.
They created a points system that sifted through more than 150 events in 2013, inclusive of all
teams and sanctioning bodies

Here are links to the rankings in all age groups as well as the overall Club rankings

Click here for all the individual age group rankings

Click here for the final CLUB rankings


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07.22.13 - Schorle and Esposito 4th in 14U division at the AAU West Coast Jr. Olympics



The Beach Volleyball team of Madison Schorle and Kelli Esposito placed 4th in the Girls 14U division at the
AAU West Coast Jr. Olympics Qualifier at North Avenue beach over the weekend of 7/20. Their top 4 finish
out of 40 teams earned them a bid to the AAU West Coast Jr Olympic Games in Hermosa Beach, CA.

The girls fought hard all day and went undefeated in pool play with the first loss coming in the
3rd round of the playoffs in the semi-finals against, what was reported from the tournament director
as, the winner of last year’s tournament. It was a strong showing for these two true 13U players in
just their second career beach volleyball tournament with even their Semi-final defeat only coming
from a handful of points.


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07.22.13 - Strong showings for all 1st Alliance team in 2013 PrepVolleyball.com Final Club Team Rankings







2013 18s Final National Club Rankings
Ranked 31st 1st Alliance 18Silver
Ranked 49th 1st Alliance 18Black

1st Alliance was one of only two clubs in the country to have two 18 year-old teams ranked in the top 50 in the nation.
1st Alliance 18 Silver was ranked 31st and 1st Alliance 18 Black was ranked 49th in the final PrepVolleyball Season Rankings.
The only other club to have two team ranked was MAVs out of Kansas City. 1st Alliance 18 Silver finished in the top ten at
nationals in the open division and 1st Alliance 18 Black won the national club division.

2013 17s Final National Club Rankings
Ranked 23rd 1st Alliance 17Silver
Honorable Mention 1st Alliance 17Black

2013 16s Final National Club Rankings
Ranked 7th “Quench Your” 1st Alliance (16Silver; pictured)

1st Alliance played MAVS tougher than everybody in Dallas before losing in the quarterfinals,
25-20, 26-24. Hannah Juley, Symone Speech, Lexi Mantas and Riley Burchett were instrumental
in the Chicago side’s strong finish.

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07.15.13 - 1st Alliance Players make inaugural All-American list



PrepVolleyball.com presents its inaugural Club Volleyball All-Americans,
the best of the best in our estimation over the 2013 club season.

For each of the four age groups we cover, We present the All-Americans
in three teams of seven, by position, plus an eight-player Highest HM category, in alphabetical order.

Note that these lists are derived with zero input or post-season lobbying by coaches.
Our selections are based on input received during the season and/or personal observation,
with emphasis on performance during national championship play.

Congrats to those listed below. With only 29 selected in each age division, this is a VERY big deal for players to be chosen!

17s

Highest Honorable Mention
Katherine Mahlke (pictured), Jr., 1st Alliance 17 Silver

16s

Third Team
Hannah Juley, Soph, S, 1st Alliance 16 Silver
Symone Speech, Soph, MB, 1st Alliance 16 Silver

Highest Honorable Mention
Julia Saunders, Soph, OH, 1st Alliance 16 Silver

Also, congratulations to Riley Burchett for making the 2013 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships
16 Open Gold Division All Tournament Team.

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07.15.13 - 18Black captured GOLD at the 2013 AAU Girls National Championship in Orlando Florida on 6/26



This is an amazing accomplishment and we are so proud of this team!



Congratulations to the players who made all-tournament as well:
Lexi Riccolo
Dakota Hampton
Elyse Panick (MVP)


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07.10.13 - 3CE 16-1 Boys 3rd Place – 16s Division: AAU Nationals



Click here for a full collage of pictures from their trip

Congratulations to the Boys!



Congratulations to the players who made all-tournament as well:
Kian Peterson


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07.10.13 - 17Black captured GOLD at the 2013 AAU Girls National Championship in Orlando Florida on 6/26



Click here to watch the ESPN televised event!

This is an amazing accomplishment and we are so proud of this team!



Congratulations to the players who made all-tournament as well:
Amy Nosek
Jackie Langer
Molly Mayo (MVP)


18Black also WON their division at the 2013 AAU Girls National Championship in Orlando Florida. More to come with a picture!


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06.19.13 - 3CE Boys receive awards and accolades in high school


Aiden Spangler
LT MVP
selected to the Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association's Senior All-Star Game
Committed to Dominican


Connor O'Ryan
York MVP
All Conference
Committed to Cardinal Stritch

Robert Watkins and Michael Dean have been selected to the USA High Peformance Camp


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06.19.13 - Decker and Kern took home gold in the beach tournament this weekend


Emma Decker and Meg Kern played hard (during downpours and bright sunlight);
were first in their pool and pulled out the 1st place win in the 16’s
(getting the 5ft Beach Ball Cup trophy)!

They qualified for the AAU West Coast Junior Olympics in Hermosa Beach, CA
at the end of July once again this year.

Lions represented well…especially considering it was a sold out tournament
(and there were so many Team One players!).
The majority of the top finishers were Lions teams (or Lions club players).


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6.13.13 - Congratulations to our fabulous defensive players

DANDY LIONS: (All-around high school talents who project as back row animals at the next level)






FIRST TEAM
Mallory Salis, Sr., Marist (Chicago, Illinois) – Named Second Team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette,
Salas slammed a team-high 311 kills, contributed 77 aces and dug up 349 balls for the 29-6 Redhawks last fall.
Great fun to watch because of her big arm on offense intense style in the back row, Salis will get a shot at
hitting at Ohio University, where she has signed, but will most likely be a vocal, spectacular libero for the Bobcats.


2013 Defensive Dandies Part II: Gym Dandies

FIRST TEAM
Sheila Doyle, Sr., Benet Academy (Lisle, Illinois) – Doyle was an All-State First Team selection and was named the
Daily Herald’s Player of the Year after amassing 375 digs last fall for the 40-2 Redwings. She also earned national
honors from PrepVolleyball.com and Volleyball Magazine. Doyle, who plays club for 1st Alliance 18 Silver, will play
this coming season at North Carolina. “Sheila is an extremely aggressive defender whose quickness and ability to read
hitters is at an elite level,” Benet coach Brad Baker said. “She is extremely vocal on the court and plays with a high
level of confidence. She was our leader of our defense and one of the leaders of our team.” Doyle helped Benet win a
pair of Class 4A state titles. “Sheila will have the chance to be a difference maker from Day 1 of her career at North Carolina,” Baker added.

FOURTH TEAM
Emily Milligan , Sr., Nazareth Academy (LaGrange, Illinois) – Named First Team All-Area by the Chicago Sun-Times,
Milligan recorded 347 digs and also led the Roadrunners in serve-receive and aces in 2012. Milligan will attend
North Dakota State University.

NINTH TEAM
Morgan Thomas, Sr., Stagg (Palos Hills, Illinois) – Thomas led Stagg with 464 digs, 71 aces and 307 service points.
Thomas earned All-Conference honors and was selected to the Southtown Star All-Area team in addition to being named
the team’s defensive player of the year. She’ll continue her career at St. Mary’s (Minnesota). “Morgan is, by far,
one of the best defensive players in the state,” coach Deanna Storino said. “She has started on Stagg’s varsity team
since her freshman year. She has an immense capability to read the hitters’ swings, therefore playing nearly flawless defense.”
Thomas helped Stagg go 32-7 and reach the sectional championship match. “Her dedication to the libero position has helped her
become the top defender she is,” Storino added.

ELEVENTH TEAM
Toni Saracco, Soph., Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois) – A two-year varsity performer for the Lions, Saracco
solidified herself as one of the best defensive players in Illinois in 2012. She amassed 606 digs on the season
while also adding 24 aces and was named team MVP. After just two years, she already holds the school career dig record.
Her quickness to the ball and willingness to go all out in pursuit of any ball kept her team in many long rallies.
Her consistent and outstanding play sets her apart from those both in her class and older classes.

HONORABLE MENTION
Haley Sullivan, Soph., Lemont (Illinois)- Sullivan led the varsity team in digs this year.
“Haley packs a big punch at the libero position,” coach Chris Zogata said. “She is competitive and wants to improve.
She is one to watch.” Sullivan was named the team’s best defensive player. “Haley is a player who has incredibly high
expectations for herself and pushes herself to achieve those expectations. She is a very smart volleyball player and
understands the game. She improves every match she plays. She’s very tough.” Sullivan finished the year with 249 digs and 29 aces.

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5.31.13 - Respectable NJC's finishes for 16 and 18Silver!

In one of the most elite tournaments that junior volleyball has to offer
16 and 18Silver finish strong. 16Silver finished second while 18Silver finished fourth

Lexi Mantas and Symone Speech took home All-tournament honors for 16Silver,
while Mallory Salis (pictured) took one home for 18Silver

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5.20.13 - Participate in Erin Potts Memorial Blood Drive 2013!

Participate in Erin Potts Memorial Blood Drive 2013!
Fourth Annual Blood Drive in memory of Erin on Sunday, May 26th

Click here for more Information



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05.15.13 - 6th annual club year end party and senior salute



Click here Information

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05.14.13 - 14Red wins Sunsetter's Tourney!


Congratulations to 14Red

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05.07.13 - Players on 17Silver went to Elim Christian Services
and ran a practice with their volleyball team of young athletes


The girls had a lot of fun and taught some volleyball!

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04.19.13 - Lions 13-1 goes 15-0 in Windy City Power League to earn a bid to Nationals


Lions 13-1 goes 15-0 in Windy City Power League to earn a bid to Nationals!

Lions 14-1 (pictured) ALSO went 15-0 and earned a bid in their respective division. Congrats to both teams!

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04.17.13 - Show Me Qualifier and JVA World Challenge Bring Great results


Lions 15 Blue took first in the Silver Division this weekend at the
JVA World Challenge in Louisville. The team went 8-1 overall, with
very exciting games on day three, defeating rival SPRY 15 Red, Tribe
15 Cardinal in three, and then finishing off TVC 15 Mizuno in the finals.
The girls also took home a major bowling victory over Lions 15 Navy,
an accomplishment they are sure to cherish for years.


16Silver continues their winning ways with bringing home a 3rd place finish at
the Show Me qualifier in Kansas city

17Silver took home a silver medal at the JVA World Challenge!

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04.05.13 - KUDOS to our Setters and Setter Coaches


Many references in prepvolleyball.com articles this week about
our setters and how good they are and how great their hands are!

A Good Friday at the Big South National Qualifier Article:
"Jennifer Dore of Lions 15 Red embraced her inner lion, exhibiting
fierce aggression at the net. She helped her team secure 3 wins,
ending the day undefeated and moving on to the Gold Bracket."

Saturday at Big South: It’s Either Sadness or Euphoria in 16, 17, and 18 Open Article:
1st Alliance Black (3-0 on Friday) and Mintonette m.81 (2-1) faced each other in what
ended up being a pivotal match on Saturday. What is it with these setters from Chicago?
They all have these “Chicago hands”, which you would think would be hard as stone because
they’re all frozen, but in reality they’re the softest, surest hands in the country. “Chicago hands.”

You heard it here first. All the setters from Chicago have them. Anyway, 1st Alliance’s setter
Caleigh Ryan (pictured) sure has those Chicago hands. She used them to feed middle Abigail Willett and outside
hitter Dakota Hampton a number of times for kills, and to right-side Elyse Panick, who really stole
the show for a while as she had some amazing kills from both the left and right side. Not to be outdone,
Mintonette’s setter Megan Giardina showed great court leadership for her team, dishing it up to the likes
of Stephanie Ruffing and Erika Brown, who both tallied some eye-popping kills for m.81. It all starts with
the pass, though, and they’re lucky to have an outstanding libero like McKenzie Bailey in the back row to
keep the floor clean. In the end, 1st Alliance outlasted Mintonette 25-21, 29-27, which... set up a tiebreaker
between 1st Alliance and Mintonette, which was also won by 1st Alliance, 25-14. This sent 1st Alliance on to
the Gold bracket on Sunday and Mintonette to Silver.

1st Alliance Wins Title, One of Three 16 Open Bids at Big South Article:
In Gold Pool 4, 1st Alliance avoided a playoff as they eked by a tough High Performance STL squad
in the last pool play match, 23-25, 25-22, 17-15.

With all four teams in the Gold Semifinals in possession of bids – Club West having previously qualified,
and 1st Alliance, A5, and AVA just having earned theirs, it was all about pride now. Both semifinals were
extremely close three set matches, with 1st Alliance besting A5 23-25, 25-21, 15-8 in one semifinal, and
Club West taking AVA in the other, 19-25, 25-23, 15-12.

That set up the 16-Open Gold Championship match between 1st Alliance and Club West. 1st Alliance took the
first set 25-22, and carried that momentum into the second set. Club West fought hard, but 1st Alliance played
like a team possessed, and they just would not let the ball hit the floor. Symone Speech went up over everyone for
a kill to make it 8-2, then added a stuff block for good measure. With libero Riley Burchett making one incredible
dig after another and setter Hannah Juley showing off her “Chicago hands” (you’ll have to read my other story to get
that reference)
, 1st Alliance’s hitters were teeing off. Lexi Mantas walloped a nasty kill, then Speech again had
something to say with another kill. Toni Saracco ripped an ace, and Mary Boken crushed one from the right side to make
it 18-5 1st Alliance. Club West fought hard, as Makayla Wolfe slammed one down and then combined with Loryn Carter on
a stuff block, and then Skyler Williams and Tricia Brown-Grasha added their own stuff block, but there was no stopping
1st Alliance. Middle Megan Wernette whacked a kill off a slide and then had a solo stuff block, and Juley nailed a kill
from the back row. After Julia Saunders hit a wow wow wow !!! KILL (that’s exactly what my notes say) from the right side,
Saracco finished it off for 1st Alliance as they won the set 25-12, and the 16 Open Big South Championship.

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04.01.13 - 16Silver wins Big South 16 Open!


16Silver went 10-0 en route to the gold and open bid this past weekend at Big South
Congratulations 16Silver!

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03.19.13 - Many Alliance sophs make SOPH 79 list


PrepVolleyball.com has named its 2011 Soph 79, the Best VARSITY
PLAYING High School Sophomores in the Country and 1st Alliance
Players are among them. Here is what PrepVolleyball.com has to say
Making the 2012 SOPH 79!!

HIGHEST HONORABLE MENTION

Hannah Juley 5-10 S/RS, Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois) – A two-year varsity starter,
Juley was the starting setter this year for the Lions. She earned her selection to the
All-Conference Team by leading the Lions with 547 assists to go with 153 Kills and 62 blocks.
Behind the solid play of Juley, the Lions advanced to the second round of the IHSA state playoffs.

ELITE HONORABLE MENTION

Lexi Mantas, 5-11 MB, Stagg (Palos Hills, Illinois) – Mantas was an all-SWSC selection after
leading her team in kills with 278 and blocks with 92. She also was the team runner-up in aces with 38.
“Lexi is by far one of our two best players on the team,” coach Deanna Storino said. “She has been the starting
middle on varsity her freshman and sophomore years. She has a tremendous attitude and is 100% selfless on the court.
She is always our go-to hitter no matter who is in. As a middle, she gets to almost every block.”

Toni Saracco, 5-5 Libero, Lyons Township (LaGrange, Illinois) – A two-year varsity performer for the Lions,
Saracco solidified herself as one of the best defensive players in Illinois. She amassed 606 digs on the season
while also adding 24 aces. After just two years, she already holds the school career dig record. Her quickness
to the ball and willingness to go all out in pursuit of any ball kept her team in many long rallies. Her consistent
and outstanding play sets her apart from those both in her class and older.

HIGH HONORABLE MENTION

Julia Saunders, 6-3 OH/RS, Nazareth Academy (LaGrange Park, Illinois) - After beginning the season as the starting right
side, Saunders successfully transitioned to the outside where she became Nazareth’s go-to hitter. She led the team with 255
kills and 3.3 kills per game. Saunders was named to the Regional Championship Team, All-Conference and was the only underclassman
selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Bradley-Bourbonnais Invite.

HONORABLE MENTION

Mary Boken, 6-1 MB, St. Francis (Wheaton, Illinois) – Her 147 kills and 52 blocks helped pace the Spartans to the Illinois 3A title.
“Mary is a very talented young player who we have asked to play ‘out of position’ for two years to help our team win a state championship,”
said St. Francis coach Peg Kopec. “She is stronger than any young player should have to be. St. Francis is exceptionally proud of Mary’s perseverance.”
Expect Boken to be a MUCH bigger factor in 2013.

Kristi May, 5-8 S, St. Ignatius (Chicago, Illinois) – May finished the year with 422 assists, 180 digs and 35 aces. May broke
the program record for single-season assist percentage (.421) and currently is the program’s all-time leader in that category (.385).
May helped St. Ignatius win conference (first league title since 1987 thanks to a win over perennial power Mother McAuley) and
regional titles. “Kristi put up some impressive numbers this season,” coach Erik Eastman said. “May led the team in assists running
a 6-2 with Sophia Dodd and broke two of Sophia’s records she held since sophomore year.”

Haley Sullivan (pictured), 5-0 Libero, Lemont (Illinois)- Sullivan led the varsity team in digs this year. “Haley packs a big punch at the libero
position,” coach Chris Zogata said. “She is competitive and wants to improve. She is one to watch.” Sullivan was named the team’s best
defensive player. “Haley is a player who has incredibly high expectations for herself and pushes herself to achieve those expectations.
She is a very smart volleyball player and understands the game. She improves every match she plays. She’s very tough.” Sullivan finished
the year with 249 digs and 29 aces.

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02.20.13 - Teams have strong finishes in President's Day Tournaments


Lions 14-1 Takes Presidents Day Gold (pictured here)



The Lions 14-1 team had an outstanding weekend winning the
14/15 Open Wisconsin Jrs Presidents Day Classic.
They dominated their opponents winning matches 25-2, 25-7.
In the final match they overcame a 23-16 game 2 deficit
to win 28-26 and then won the third game 15-13.

1st Alliance 18White went 8-0 in the SPVB President's Day Challenge to capture gold!
The following players also received all tournament:

Sharon Anderson , 1st Alliance 18White (MVP)
Stephanie Korebakes , 1st Alliance 18White
Shannon Murphy , 1st Alliance 18White

1st Alliance 17Silver and 16Silver took home bronze in the SPVB Challenge.

The following players also received all tournament:

Jenna Lodewyk, 1st Alliance 17Silver
Hannah Juley, 1st Alliance 16Silver

Lions 12Blue won the Palos Tournament! Congrats to all the teams.

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02.12.13 - 1st Alliance welcomes Anne Kordes from U. of Louisville


A big thank you goes out to Anne for running a GREAT clinic last night!

Anne Kordes, Head Coach
University of Louisville

As she presents:



ALL-SKILLS CLINIC
Clinic Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Times: 13-15s – 6:00-7:30pm
16-18’s - 7:30-9:30pm

Location: The MAX, 4750 S Vernon Ave, McCook, IL 60525

Cost: $25 payable to 1st Alliance VBC

Contact: www.1stalliancevbc.net skecklions1@aol.com
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02.11.13 - 16Black undefeated in GL Power League


Teams continue to do well in their respective power leagues and tournaments
16Black is 12-0 in the 16 and under Great Lakes Power League
Good luck to all the teams that play this upcoming President's Day weekend

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01.28.13 - Volleycubs program is gaining popularity!


22 kids ages 4-7 are in the Thursday winter session at the Max!
These kids are having fun.

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01.25.13 - 1st Alliance and Lions recognized in 2013 PrepVolleyball.com Rankings


The 2013 PrepVolleyball.com Pre-Season National Rankings
are out and 1st Alliance and Lions Jrs. teams
are recognized across the board in the 15 -18 age
divisions. Here is a list of the teams recognized
and comments made by PrepVolleyball.com:



Lions 15-1 ranked 31st

1st Alliance 16Silver ranked 3rd
The Facts: As Lions 15-1, this team, led by the leadership and sheer
will of setter/hitter Hannah Juley and 6-2 Julia Sanders destroying
sets from either pin, finished 11th in 15 Open at Junior Nationals.
Seven return from that team, including 6-3 MB Symone Speech and libero Riley Burchett,
and the team has added two impact players, prompting coach Beth Keck to say:
“This will be the biggest and most athletic team I have ever coached at the 16s level.
That says a lot considering my team from 2011 won 16 Open at AAUs.” The newcomers are
6-3 MB/OH Mary Boken, who played for Sports Performance 15 Elite last year and was part
of St. Francis’ championship team this past fall season; and 6-0 OH Lexi Mantas,
who led a resurgent Stagg team in kills in 2012.

1st Alliance 17Silver ranked 32nd

1st Alliance 18Silver ranked 31st
The team coached by Jaclyn Hart is very good and includes terrific defenders
Sheila Doyle and Emily Milligan, butt-kicking outside Mallory Salis, athletic
middle Hanna Lee and smart setter Krista Brakauskas. Athletic Ciara Hill is a
newcomer to watch.

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01.25.13 - Kaminsky and Ryan candidates for Andi Collins Award


Kaminsky and Ryan candidates for Andi Collins Award to Nation’s Top Senior Setter
Hannah Kaminsky , 5-11 S, Benet (Lisle, Illinois) – First Team All-Area
and First Team All-State, Kaminsky was the constant in a season of
change for the Redwings. Behind her school-record 1,041 assists,


Benet won every tournament it entered in 2012, including the big one,
the Illinois 4A state tourney, where the team repeated as champion to
cap a remarkable 40-2 season.


Caleigh Ryan (pictured), 5-10 S, Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn, Illinois) – A Second Team
All-State choice, Ryan amassed 703 assists in 2012. The Northwestern recruit
led her team to a 37-3 mark and its first conference and regional titles in 17 years.

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01.25.13 - Lions 14-1 team celebrated their 6-0 record after their first weekend


The Lions 14-1 team celebrated their 6-0 record after their first weekend
of tournament play. They have now advanced to the WCPL top 12 power pool.
The team continues their play this weekend on january 28th.

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01.21.13 - 18Black, 16Silver bring home gold at the 'Winter Classic' MLK tourney


Both teams ran the table with undefeated 6-0 records on the weekend.

Lions 15-1 finished second place with a great win over last year's
AAU's 14 Open champoions Wisconsin Jr's 15-1.

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01.18.13 - Lions 15-1 is one of many teams to start off strong


Congratulations to all teams that have had a strong start to the 2012-2013 season.
Keep up the good work




Here are some of the other teams doing well:

1st Alliance 18Silver 6-0 start at GLC 18's Power League
1st Alliance 16Black 6-0 start at GLC 16's Power League
Lions 13-1 7-0 start at 13 and under Windy City Power League
Lions 13Red 6-0 start at 13 and under Windy City Power League
Lions 14-1 5-0 start at 14 and under Windy City Power League
Lions 14Red 5-0 start at 14 and under Windy City Power League
Lions 15Teal 7-0 start at 15 and under Windy City Power League

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01.09.13 - Kaminsky is a finalist for the National Player of the Year award


Hannah Kaminsky makes top 60 senior finalists for
the National Player of the Year award per prepvolleyball.com

To be considered for this honor, a senior had to make a
“massive” impact on her high school team and the state.




Hannah Kaminsky, 5-11 S, Benet (Lisle, Illinois) – First Team All-Area and First Team All-State,
Kaminsky was the constant in a season of change for the Redwings. Behind her school-record 1,041 assists,
Benet won every tournament it entered in 2012, including the big one, the Illinois 4A state tourney,
where the team repeated as champion to cap a remarkable 40-2 season.

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01.09.13 - Picture and Social Night details


What: Team and Individual Pictures, Team and Parent Apparel Sales,
Embroider your team apparel, Food, Drinks, Socializing







When: Friday 1/18/12 5:45 pm-9:00 pm (for most teams) Click here Info on Friday 1/18

Where: Lyons Township South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Rd

Who: The teams in the info doc are required to attend. Parents, siblings
and other family members are welcome!



When: Saturday 1/19 12-12:30pm (After your scrimmage) Click here Info on Saturday 1/19

Who: City Lions 11s, 12s; Fearless 12s; Lions Jrs. 12B, 12N, 11-1

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What to Wear: Team uniform, spandex, uniform socks, kneepads, volleyball shoes, and hair pulled back

Order Form: Click here Order Form

Photo Options: Click here Photo Options

Questions: For more info contact Melissa Cox melkeck1@aol.com

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01.09.13 - 18 and under GLPL began weekend of 1.5 and 1.6!


18 and under GLPL began weekend of 1.5 and 1.6.
16Silver is one of many teams that participated!
Check out the ACTION PHOTOGRAPHS sction under their
team site to see pictures.

Click here for their action shots!

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01.04.13 - Play begins this weekend!


Play begins this weekend for many teams. Good Luck to all!

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01.04.13 - Mahlke makes 2014 top 50 player list


Defining the top 50 recruits in a class is always a challenging one.
This list, which is determined exclusively by our panel of college coaches,
tasked those coaches to determine, as of this moment, who are the 50 players
in the Class of 2014 with the greatest potential to make
a deep impact at the next level?




The list was distributed several times, in several different forms, for comment and debate. Below are the consensus top 50 junior recruits
in the nation, with 35 more who just missed (and I mean just missed), as of January 4, 2013.


Congratulations Katherine!
Katherine Mahlke, 6-1 RS, Downers Grove North (Downers Grove, Illinois), 1st Alliance -- Michigan

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12.26.12 - 3CE 18-1's are Central Zone Tournament Champions!


-Entered the tournament as the #2 seed, went undefeated in pool play winning every match in 2 games
-In semis, beat Hitmen 18 Black in 2 games 25-16, 25-19, avenging an early season loss
-Beat North Shore Milwaukee 18-1 in finals, 25-21, 25-20, an impressive win beating a team that
played in "A" for Palos Points series and qualified last season
-Strong effort at the net blocking all day, winning every match in 2 games, 11-0

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12.12.12 - Winter Setting Clinic

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