Barrington Junior Noah Ricchetti setting one up during a tournament match against Vernon Hills. | Mark Ukena/Sun-Times Media
1. Graduation will take a heavy toll on many of this year’s top teams. Barrington, however, will return four starters from its 28-9 sectional finalist, including 6-4 junior twins Justin and Adam Glader, 6-3 junior setter Noah Ricchetti and 6-7 sophomore middle Ethan Carroll. “[Reaching the sectional final] is definitely something for us to build on,” Justin Glader said. “The four starters coming back … we’ve been working really hard for this year and especially for next year.”
2. Payton’s Earl Schultz isn’t quite calling it a career when he heads to Pitzer College in California this fall. He plans to play club volleyball and take the occasional train to the beach to play a little sand volleyball. Pitzer is part of a consortium of seven colleges that includes Pomona College, where his sister Michelle, a 2011 Sun-Times all-area selection, is an outside hitter.
3. Don’t expect the crazed atmosphere this weekend at Hoffman Estates to bother Lake Park. “I didn’t learn a whole lot [when Lake Park lost in the quarterfinals in 2012],” coach Tim Murphy said. “These seniors, who were sophomores that year and stuck around for the second day, they learned. They felt what it was like on Saturday. It’s all about being there on Saturday, and I think these guys know what it’s like.”