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Illinois volleyball ready to forget about disappointing season

Illinois volleyball ready to forget about disappointing season

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Brandi Donnelly, the libero of the Illinois volleyball team, said at the beginning of the 2016 season that the Illini had as high hopes as they do every season. Donnelly, in her third season at Illinois, anchored the defense of a team with playoff expectations and championship dreams. “We had hopes of mak...

Former Illinois volleyball transfer writes open letter to Oregon

Former Illinois volleyball transfer writes open letter to Oregon

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 4, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Naya Crittenden spent two years at the University of Oregon before transferring to join the Illinois volleyball team. During her time in Eugene, she posted 231 kills, 34 digs, 64 blocks and 196 points. But none of that mattered to her then, and it still doesn’t matter to her now. She doesn’t rem...

Illinois volleyball’s 2017 recruiting class now nine players strong

Illinois volleyball’s 2017 recruiting class now nine players strong

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The 2017 season will be the beginning of a new era for the Illinois volleyball team. Huff Hall will feature many new faces this fall: Nine freshmen and a new head coach move in after seven seniors and a head coach depart. The final four members of former head coach Kevin Hambly's last recruiting class were announc...

Tamas’ contract represents investment in Illinois volleyball

Tamas’ contract represents investment in Illinois volleyball

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
February 13, 2017
Filed under Volleyball, Women's Sports

Illinois' Director of Athletics Josh Whitman was up front about the details of new head coach Chris Tamas' contract during his introductory press conference Friday afternoon. “It's a five year contract, it starts at $300,000 per year.” Whitman said. The contract represents a significant investment...

Illinois serves up a new head coach, Chris Tamas

Illinois serves up a new head coach, Chris Tamas

February 13, 2017
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Kevin Hambly's departure from the Illinois volleyball program was just as much a shock to the players as it was to the fans. While they were all aware the Illini head coach had interviewed for the position at Stanford, it wasn't until the morning of his decision that the players found out he was leaving. This...

Tamas hopes to bring winning ways to Illinois volleyball

Tamas hopes to bring winning ways to Illinois volleyball

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 10, 2017
Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Illinois volleyball’s new head coach Chris Tamas broke down crying during his introductory press conference. “I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people,” Tamas said. “All of the coaches that I had and the co-workers throughout the years taught me everything that I know now. I need to thank...

Tamas named Illinois volleyball head coach

Tamas named Illinois volleyball head coach

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
February 10, 2017
Filed under Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Illinois has a new head volleyball coach. Illini Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced Friday that Chris Tamas would be taking over. Tamas replaces Hambly who left in January to take the head coaching spot at Stanford. Tamas had been the assistant coach at Nebraska since 2015. “As...

Illinois volleyball looks for new leadership

Illinois volleyball looks for new leadership

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 2, 2017
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Kevin Hambly will no longer be the head coach of the Illinois volleyball team. After eight seasons — including six trips to the NCAA tournament and a national championship runner-up finish in 2011 —Hambly has decided to go home to California and take over at Stanford. The Cardinal are the defending NCAA ch...

Hambly’s style and wins will be missed for Illini fans

Hambly’s style and wins will be missed for Illini fans

Charlotte Carroll, Sports Editor
January 30, 2017
Filed under Columns, Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Kevin Hambly was the face of Illinois volleyball and one of the University’s most respected coaches. As far as the media was concerned, especially student journalists, Hambly was also extremely intimidating. But we'll get to that in a minute. On Monday, the former Illinois volleyball head coach bec...

Illinois volleyball’s Hambly leaving to take Stanford head coaching job

Illinois volleyball’s Hambly leaving to take Stanford head coaching job

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
January 30, 2017
Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

After eight seasons as the Illinois volleyball coach, Kevin Hambly will be coaching at a different school next season. Stanford's Director of Athletics Bernard Muir announced Monday that Hambly will be its Director of Women's Volleyball, meaning the school's head coach. "Leaving Illinois saddens...

Illinois volleyball falls short of NCAA tournament

Illinois volleyball falls short of NCAA tournament

James Boyd, Staff writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

For three consecutive seasons, the Illinois volleyball team not only qualified for the NCAA tournament, but advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Last season, the team was only .500 in conference but defeated Southern Illinois and Louisville before its national title hopes were crushed by Minnesota in st...

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