By Pat Brozynski

Colleges continue to tap into Illinois pipeline

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Illinois volleyball players continue to make their college choices, including Lyons' Erin Juley (391 assists, 17 aces), a 5-foot-10 junior dynamo who was often overlooked while serving as the Lions' second setter behind 6-foot-1 Alexis Viliunas.

Juley has verbally committed to Long Beach and is slated to practice for the Junior National team over the holidays.

Benet will also send four players to the college ranks next fall. In addition to early commits Gina Finke (Yale) and Brianne Riley (Kansas), the Redwings' Meghan Byrne (Washington University) and Sierra Young (Cornell University) have also signed letters of intent.

Meanwhile, on the boys side, Hinsdale Central's 6-foot-5 setter/opposite hitter Graham McIlvaine has committed to play at Ball State beginning with a 2020-2011 season.

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Finally, here is a look at the final top 40 teams in Illinois, compiled for Prepvolleyball.com:

1. Joliet Catholic 39-1
2. St. Francis 35-3
3. Cary-Grove 36-4
4. Lyons 35-3
5. Breese Mater Dei 36-6
6. Glenbrook South 36-4
7. Benet 35-5
8. Hinsdale Central 33-6
9. St. Charles East 32-7
10. Mother McAuley 29-11
11. Sandburg 32-7
12. Freeburg 38-2
13. Evanston 33-7
14. York 28-9
15. Quincy 36-5
16. Geneva 35-3
17. Belleville Althoff
18. Marist
19. Naperville North 30-8
20. Neuqua Valley 23-10
21. Lemont 31-8
22. Lanark Eastland 40-2
23. Moline
24. Lemont 31-8
25. Champaign Centennial 34-6
26. Downers Grove North 27-11
27. Naperville Central
28. Sycamore 35-7
29. Crystal Lake Central 37-5
30. Oak Forest 30-8
31. St. Ignatius 30-8
32. Lake Zurich 33-7
33. Hersey 35-4
34. Nazareth 29-11
35. Chicago Payton 28-8
36. O'Fallon 28-9
37. Chicago Christian 27-10
38. Carlinville 36-4
39. Decatur St. Teresa 34-3
40. Murphysboro 34-4

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