By Pat Brozynski

Benet, Cary-Grove top list of ranked Illinois teams

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Benet moved up to No. 12 in the most recent national poll of high school volleyball teams released by

Newly-crowned Class 4A state champion Benet rose to No. 12 from No. 18 in the latest 2011 Century Club National High School Rankings released by Cary-Grove made the biggest leap, however, rising to No. 44 from No. 67 in the previous week's poll.

Class 3A champion Breese Mater Dei checked in at No. 48, followed by No. 50 St. Charles East, No. 53. Marist, No. 62 St. Francis, No. 67 York, No. 68 Edwardsville, No. 70 Joliet Catholic, and No. 71 Mother McAuley.

Illinois teams that finished on the bubble included Hersey, Huntley, Lyons Township, Marian Central, Minooka, New Trier, Quincy, Providence, Sandburg, Stevenson and Whitney Young.

Note: released a new list just before Thanksgiving. Benet moved up to No. 11 and York, Edwardsville, Joliet Catholic and Mother McAuley each moved up one spot. There were no other changes.


The 2011 High School Volleyball All Star Game sponsored by will be played at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. Proceeds benefit A Silver Lining Foundation for breast cancer awareness.


And is it too soon to talk boys volleyball?

Tommy Leonard, a 6-foot-8 middle hitter from Barrington, recently committed to the University of Southern California.

"It's incredible how far he's come in a few years because of his hard work and passion for the sport," Barrington coach Rob Ridenour said.

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