Volleyball coaches corner

Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted every volleyball coach from conferences in our area for their thoughts about the upcoming season. Here they are, league by league:

Big 12 Conference

Preseason Coaches Poll

(81 points maximum; first-place votes in parentheses)

SCHOOL POINTS

Centennial (8) 79

Bloomington 71

Normal Community (1) 64

Normal West 54

Champaign Central 45

Urbana 31

Decatur MacArthur 27

Danville 23

Decatur Eisenhower 11

Top Returning Offensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Kara Johnson, Centennial, Sr., OH 4

Rachel Jones, Centennial, Sr., MH 3

Mary Lawrence, Bloomington, Sr., MH 3

Lauren Cloyd, Centennial, Sr., MH 1

Alayna Jackson, Urbana, Jr., MH 1

Sonni Pealer, MacArthur, So., MH 1

Jaelyn Westfield, Central, Sr., MH 1

Top Returning Defensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Cate Hummel, Urbana, Sr., L 4

Lindsay Rogan, Centennial, Sr., L 3

Mary Lawrence, Bloomington, Sr., MH 2

Lauren Cloyd, Centennial, Sr., MH 1

Top Returning Setters

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Maddy Weldon, Centennial, Sr., S 6

Madison Moser, Normal West, Sr., S 2

Sydney Hendricks, Bloomington, Sr., S 1

Mia McDonald, Central, Sr., S 1

Corn Belt Conference

Preseason Coaches Poll

(64 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

Normal U-High (7) 63

Bloomington Central Catholic (1) 56

Mahomet-Seymour 47

Olympia 35

Prairie Central 28

Eureka 27

Rantoul 21

Pontiac 11

Top Returning Offensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Danielle Davis, Bloomington CC, Sr., OH 3

Logan Walling, Normal U-High, Sr., OH 2

Elise Dahlke, Mahomet-Seymour, Sr., OH 1

Meredith Boe, Bloomington CC, Sr., OH 1

Top Returning Defensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Chaquera Cross, Rantoul, Sr., L 3

Erica King, Olympia, Sr., L 2

Jade Mortimer, Normal U-High, Sr., L 2

Top Returning Setters

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Bailey Nichol, Normal U-High, Sr., S 7

East Central Illinois

Preseason Coaches Poll

(64 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

DeLand-Weldon (5) 58

Decatur Lutheran (1) 50

Urbana Uni High 50

Decatur Christian (2) 48

Cornerstone 26

Christ Lutheran 19

Judah Christian 19

Normal Calvary 18

Top Returning Offensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Hayley Salefski, Decatur Lutheran, Jr., OH 3

Mikayla Jones, DeLand-Weldon, Sr., MH 2

Emma Hoyer, Urbana Uni High, Sr., MH 1

Rowan Crozier, DeLand-Weldon, Jr., MH/S 1

Top Returning Defensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Meredith Artime, Decatur Christian, Jr., OH 3

Emily Gewirtz, Judah Christian, Jr., L 2

Olivia Bruntjen, Decatur Lutheran, Sr., MH 1

Top Returning Setters

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Rowan Crozier, DeLand-Weldon, Jr., S 7

Heart of Illinois Conference

Preseason Coaches Poll

(169 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

Deer Creek-Mackinaw (8) 155

Tri-Valley (1) 149

El Paso-Gridley (2) 139

Heyworth (1) 113

Blue Ridge 107

Fisher (1) 91

Fieldcrest 85

Lexington 85

LeRoy 65

Tremont 61

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 57

Ridgeview 48

Flanagan/Cornell 28

Top Returning Offensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Rebekah Ehresman, EP-Gridley, Jr., OH 7

Lauren Anderson, Dee-Mack, So., MH 6

Stefanie Sanidas, Tri-Valley, Sr., MH 3

Alyssa Chapman, Fisher, So., MH 1

Kaitlyn Peterson, Fieldcrest, Jr., MH 1

Savannah Ross, Heyworth, Sr., OH 1

Tessa Walcott, Lexington, Jr., MH 1

Emily Zelhart, Blue Ridge, So., S 1

Top Returning Defensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Rebekah Ehresman, EP-Gridley, Jr., OH 4

Jessey Lee, Dee-Mack, Jr., MH 3

Carli Clifton, Fisher, Sr., OH 2

Emily Zelhart, Blue Ridge, So., S 2

Shelby Clanton, Fisher, Jr,, L 1

Ally Hanlin, LeRoy, Sr., L 1

Top Returning Setters

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Cassie Norman, Tri-Valley, Sr., S 5

Emily Zelhart, Blue Ridge, So., S 3

Cayley Meiners, Dee-Mack, Sr., S 2

Carli Clifton, Fisher, Sr., S 1

Lauren Russell, LeRoy, Sr., S 1

Codee Schlipf, El Paso-Gridley, Sr., S 1

Kali Sanders, Tremont, Sr., S 1

Little Okaw Valley

(121 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

Tri-County (11) 121

Arthur-Lovington 90

Heritage 89

Arcola 77

Cerro Gordo 76

Martinsville 75

Bement 53

Atwood-Hammond 52

Shiloh 41

Okaw Valley 39

Villa Grove 13

Top Returning Offensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Lizzy Barnard, Tri-County, Jr., OH 3

Kara Edwards, Arcola, Sr., OH 2

Kyla Skinner, Tri-County, Sr., OH 2

Julia Cohan, Arthur-Lovington, Sr., MH 1

Taylor Edwards, Arcola, So., OH 1

Karly Goodman, Arthur-Lovington, Jr., MH 1

Stephanie Sanderson, Heritage, Sr., OH 1

Maddie Woolen, Martinsville, So., MH 1

Top Returning Defensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Autumn Meyer, Tri-County, Sr., L 4

Ashley Tabb, Arthur-Lovington, Sr., L 4

Stephanie Sanderson, Heritage, Sr., OH 2

Cedar Richards, Heritage, Jr., MH 1

Sydney Strange, Martinsville, Jr., OH 1

Top Returning Setters

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Amber Meyer, Tri-County, Sr., S 6

Sherelle Coller, Arthur-Lovington, Jr., S 4

Kelly Higginbotham, Martinsville, So., S 1

Taylor Wienke, Heritage, Jr., S 1

Okaw Valley Conference

(144 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

Decatur St. Teresa (12) 144

Clinton 122

Shelbyville 103

Monticello 102

Maroa-Forsyth 95

Central A&M 77

Warrensburg-Latham 69

Unity 62

Argenta-Oreana 48

Tuscola 48

Meridian 35

Sullivan 31

Top Returning Offensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Marie Less, St. Teresa, Jr., OH 10

Kylie Lowry, Central A&M, Sr., OH 1

Bailey Mason, Maroa-Forsyth, So., OH 1

Matti Mason, Maroa-Forsyth, Jr., MH 1

Bailey Walker, Clinton, Sr., OH 1

Top Returning Defensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Kaitlyn Hunt, Monticello, Sr., L 5

Shae Genebacher, St. Teresa, Sr., L 3

Joan Maxwell, Unity, Sr., L 2

Heather Doyle, Meridian, S., OH 1

Alexa Jones, Argenta-Oreana, Jr., MH 1

Rachel Townsend, Central A&M, Sr., OH 1

Top Returning Setters

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Morgan Hickman, Clinton, Sr., S 10

Courtney Huck, St. Teresa, Sr., S 1

Elise Pontious, Monticello, Sr., S 1

Sangamon Valley

(64 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

St. Joseph-Ogden (5) 59

St. Thomas More (3) 52

Watseka 47

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 40

CPCI 36

Clifton Central 27

Momence 17

Iroquois West 10

Top Returning Offensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Lexi Wallen, St. Thomas More, So., MH 3

Hayley Gray, Watseka, Jr., MH 2

Kortnie Schroeder, PBL, Sr., OH 2

Kandace Hofer, PBL, Sr., OH 1

Shelby Simmons, St. Joseph-Ogden, Jr., OH 1

Top Returning Defensive Players

Hayley Gray, Watseka, Jr., MH 4

Lexi Wallen, St. Thomas More, So., MH 3

Top Returning Setters

Kat Grimes, Watseka, Sr., S 5

Kayla Cowan, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Sr., S 1

Hannah Murray, St. Thomas More, So., S 1

Vermilion Valley Conference

(100 points maximum)

SCHOOL POINTS

Bismarck-Henning (6) 96

Schlarman (4) 94

Armstrong-Potomac 64

Westville 62

Chrisman 60

Milford 50

Oakwood 47

Salt Fork 32

Hoopeston Area 27

Georgetown-Ridge Farm 18

Top Returning Offensive Players

NAME, SCHOOL, YR., POS. VOTES

Laura Gross, Schlarman, So., MH 6

Kaitie Shaw, Westville, Sr., OH 3

Jordan Marganski, Schlarman, Jr., MH 2

Erika Sieberns, Armstrong-Potomac, Sr., MH 2

Maranda Witty, Bismarck-Henning, Sr., OH 2

Peyton Jones, Oakwood, So., MH 1

Janelle Marion, Schlarman, Jr., OH 1

Top Returning Defensive Players

Morgan Gerbsch, Bismarck-Henning, Sr., L 3

Laura Gross, Schlarman, So., MH 1

Mikayla Rolinitis, Westville, Jr., L 1

Kaitie Shaw, Westville, Sr., OH 1

Erika Sieberns, Armstrong-Potomac, Sr., MH 1

Alissa Totheroh, Milford, So., L 1

Top Returning Setters

Lauren McKenzie, Bismarck-Henning, Sr., S 7

Taylor Ellis, Bismarck-Henning, Sr., S 1

Kinsey Knauth, Milford, Sr., S 1

Kaylee Morman, Oakwood, Sr., S 1

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