Two teams that are getting a lot of mention on the message boards are Minooka and Lincoln-Way East.
Minooka went 16-3 in 2009 before losing to Plainfield North in the regional semifinals. The Indians return four starters from that group including highly-touted 6-foot-4 senior outside hitter Matt Phillips.
Also returning from last year's group are 5-10 senior outside Ryne Jacobson, 6-4 junior middle Kevin Hannon, libero Matt Lindstrom and 6-2 senior outside John Hynek. Expected to join that group in the starting rotation is 6-foot-5 junior middle John Savickas.
"We have a team that is full of potential," said Minooka coach Janel Grzetich. "The junior class has lost only nine times during the past two years they have played together. Wee have smart, powerful hitters and our defense has improved form last year as well."
Minooka will get a chance to test itself against some of the area's best at the Tiger Classic at Wheaton Warrenville South in two weeks.
Lincoln-Way East returns four starters from last year's 26-11 team including 6-foot-5 middle George Langheld, who set a school record with 308 kills in 2009. Also back is libero Pat Sinwelski, who led the Griffins with 268 digs a year ago.
A couple of sophomores to watch are 6-5 middle Jason Garnett and 6-foot outside Nathan Royer.
Kris Fiore, a former player at Lincoln-Way East, succeeds Dawn Murphy as head coach.
"We do have a lot of club players and have some talent, but we play arguably the most difficult schedule in the state," said Fiore, who will take his team to the Tiger Classic, the Marist invite, the Smack Attack at Brother Rice and the Lincoln-Way East invite.
An overzealous editor accidentally cut Warren and Waubonsie Valley off the list of "Teams to watch" in the volleyball preview that ran in Tuesday's Sun-Times. Warren should be among the best teams up north while Waubonsie Valley could supplant Neuqua Valley atop the Upstate Eight.
We apologize for the error.