Three teams drop out. Three teams join the fray. More teams take a tumble.
One week into the boys high school season, there is a shakeup in the Illprepvb.com rankings. But Lincoln-Way East has clearly established itself as the team to beat in 2018 ... or at least the team to beat this weekend at the Tiger Classic hosted by Wheaton Warrenville South.
Illprepvb.com Top 25 Boys Volleyball Teams
(preseason rankings in parenthesis)
1. Lincoln-Way East 2-0 (1)
Takes down New Trier at Loyola’s Gentile Center.
2. Glenbard West 1-1 (2)
Ben Harrington is a sophomore to keep an eye on.
3. Brother Rice 8-0 (3)
Crusaders win Vernon Hills/Barrington tournament.
4. Naperville Central 6-0 (5)
Egharevba, Davis lead Redhawks at Marist invite.
5. Barrington 5-1 (6)
Broncos lose to Brother Rice for title of own invite.
6. Marist 5-1 (7)
Falls to Naperville Central in title match of own invite.
7. Neuqua Valley 2-0 (8)
Faces Lincoln-Way West Wednesday at Tiger Classic.
8. Stevenson 6-0 (NR)
Patriots roll to championship of Joliet West tournament.
9. Libertyville 6-1 (NR)
Only loss to Barrington at Vernon Hills/Barrington invite.
10. Lincoln-Way West 4-3 (4)
Brutal pool at Tiger Classic with Neuqua Valley, St. Charles North.
11. Lockport 4-2 (10)
Draws Lincoln-Way East, Loyola Thursday at Tiger Classic.
12. Benet 4-2 (11)
Faces Naperville Central Wednesday at Tiger Classic.
13. Lake Park 0-0 (12)
Tackles Andrew, Downers South Wednesday at Tiger Classic.
14. New Trier 0-2 (13)
Faces hot Stevenson April 3 after rough start.
15. Hersey 1-1 (14)
Off until April 3 when it travels to Elk Grove.
16. Sandburg 4-2 (15)
Falls to Libertyville, Brother Rice at Vernon Hills
17. Deerfield 4-1 (16)
Off until April 6 when it participates in Warren invite.
18. Glenbrook North 0-0 (17)
Faces Barrington in opener Thursday at Tiger Classic.
19. St. Patrick 6-1 (21)
Shamrocks take care of business at Oswego invite.
20. Wheaton North 5-1 (22)
Only loss to Stevenson at Joliet West tournament.
21. St. Ignatius 5-2 (20)
Jack Fyda, Harrison Detroy too much for Payton.
22. Glenbard East 3-3 (23)
Rams will be dangerous when they get healthy.
23. Loyola 4-4 (24)
Tough pool at Tiger with Lincoln-Way East, Lockport.
24. Glenbrook South 0-1 (18)
Looks to even slate April 4 at Lincoln-Way Central.
25. Plainfield East 6-0 (NR)
Breezes to championship at Homewood-Flossmoor.
Dropped out: Wheaton Warrenville South 2-5 (9), Downers Grove South 1-2 (19), Oswego East 2-3 (25).
On the bubble (in alphabetical order): Addison Trail, Belleville West, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Hinsdale Central, Lincoln-Way Central, Lyons, Maine East, Metea Valley, Naperville North, Niles West, Palatine, St. Charles North, St. Rita, Vernon Hills, Warren, York.