Pioneer Press Boys Volleyball First Team

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Colin Castagna, Sr., MH, Barrington

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Castagna was selected the MSL West Player of the Year. The conference-champion Broncos reached the sectional finals behind his 202 kills and 37 blocks. Castagna also played defensive end on the football team.

Dante Chakravorti, Jr., S., New Trier

The 6-4 setter is a member of the 19-player USA Boys Youth National Training Team. He led the Trevians (32-8) to the state quarterfinals, where he had 15 assists in a loss to Lake Park. He finished with 656 assists on the season.

John Harlan, Sr., OH, Deerfield

The Warriors won a regional title behind the 6-2 Harlan, who was named CSL North Player of the Year. He had 300 kills, 18.5 blocks, 47 aces and 248 digs.

Marko Kostich, Sr., S, Lyons

The 6-4 Kostich, a Harvard recruit, moved over to become a key outside hitter to help boost Lyons’ offense when backup Jake Bobrowski set in the back row. Kostich finished with 459 assists, 156 kills, 129 digs and 56 aces.

Anthony Lebryk, Sr., MH-OH, Glenbrook South

The 6-7 Lebryk moved to OH later in the season and finished with 437 kills, 101 blocks and 248 digs. The CSL South Player of the Year signed with Ball State. 

Collin Merk, Sr., L, Loyola

Merk’s coach, Lionel Ebeling, called him “the best passer I’ve ever coached.” The Quincy recruit had 290 digs and 17 aces for the sectional finalists.

David Wieczorek

Sr., OH, Loyola

See Player of the Year story.

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