ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) High school boys volleyball in the Rockford area has only been around for five years, but Boylan is playing like the program has been around for 25 years. At 14-1, the Titans are in position to make 2019 a special season not only for the school but the entire region.
That's because no NIC-10 boys volleyball team has ever made it to state, let alone a sectional. The sport has been dominated by Chicago suburban schools, but Boylan has shown it can play with the big boys.
The Titans recently beat New Trier, who took fourth in state a year ago and went the distance in a three-set loss against defending state champs Lincoln-Way East.
With only one underclassman on the roster, senior Parker Nelson believes they have the team to make a statement.
"Rockford hasn't been a name in the volleyball community at all, whatsoever," said Nelson. "Like I said, it was a grassroots effort."
"We beat New Trier in a tournament this past weekend and I think that really put us on the radar for other teams to watch out for and think, hey that Boylan team, they beat a really high ranked team in state, I think when we play them, we got to watch out and really put their focus in when they play us."