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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... Read more »

Mid-season slump costs Illinois volleyball tournament berth

Mid-season slump costs Illinois volleyball tournament berth

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
November 27, 2016
Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illinois volleyball team won three of its final four matches, but it wasn't enough to offset the seven-game losing streak that preceded as the Illini failed to make the NCAA tournament. Nine other Big Ten teams qualified with Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin receiving No. 1 seeds. This is the firs... Read more »

Illinois volleyball snaps seven-game losing streak

Illinois volleyball snaps seven-game losing streak

James Boyd, Staff writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

  This is the last weekend in which the Illinois volleyball team will play at Huff Hall this season, and for the Illini seniors it is final home stretch of their careers. In the first of two weekend matchups, Illinois defeated Maryland in straight-sets (25-19, 25-19, 27-25). It was the Il... Read more »

From court to sidelines

From court to sidelines

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
November 17, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

When Katie Roustio debuted for the Illinois volleyball team in 2013, she was a true freshman who could often be seen at the end of the Illini bench. Roustio, an outside hitter, only played three matches as a freshman, not even recording a kill until her sophomore season. But by her junior year, Ro... Read more »

The time to win is now for Illinois volleyball

The time to win is now for Illinois volleyball

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
November 15, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Following its toughest weekend of the season, with matches against the No. 2 and No. 3 team in the country, the Illinois volleyball team has lost seven matches in a row. “This is the toughest weekend we're gonna see, I mean this could be a Final Four weekend,” Head Coach Kevin Hambly said. “We... Read more »

Illinois volleyball loses seventh-straight match

Illinois volleyball loses seventh-straight match

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
November 12, 2016
Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

In desperate need of a win, the Illinois volleyball team welcomed No. 2 Minnesota to Huff Hall on Saturday night with hopes of a major upset. However, from the opening point, it was clear that the Gophers were ranked so highly for a reason, and they went on to sweep the Illini 3-0, extending the I... Read more »

Illinois volleyball loses sixth-straight match

Illinois volleyball loses sixth-straight match

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

Kevin Hambly has won 175 games through eight seasons as head coach of the Illinois volleyball team, and on Friday night that number would stay the same. No. 3 Wisconsin swept Illinois (25-17, 25-18, 25-21) at Huff Hall to improve to 21-3 overall and 13-2 in conference play. It was the Illini’s sixth-consecutive... Read more »

Illinois volleyball’s recruiting class highlighted with top-25 recruit nationally

Illinois volleyball’s recruiting class highlighted with top-25 recruit nationally

James Boyd, Staff writer
November 10, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

There are seven seniors on the Illinois volleyball team this season, but next year the Illini will only have one. Outside hitter Michelle Strizak, opposite hitter Naya Crittenden and middle blocker Katie Stadick highlight a graduating class that has contributed significantly. Strizak and Crittenden... Read more »

Illinois volleyball eyes pivotal weekend

Illinois volleyball eyes pivotal weekend

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
November 10, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Illinois volleyball has lost five straight matches, and with only six games to go, head coach Kevin Hambly knows that his team needs to make a U-turn in order to save its season. “We have to get at least four wins (to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament),” Hambly said. “I think if we won five... Read more »

Illinois volleyball stock up on outsides with class of 2017

Illinois volleyball stock up on outsides with class of 2017

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
November 9, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Illinois volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly signed five new players to replace its seven outgoing seniors Wednesday. The Class of 2017 definitely has a theme, and that is height. Of the five players signed, the shortest is 6-foot-2, and two measure in at 6-foot-four — taller than anyone currently... Read more »

Quade continues to struggle for Illinois volleyball

Quade continues to struggle for Illinois volleyball

James Boyd, Staff writer
November 8, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Freshman Jacqueline Quade began her Illinois volleyball career with a team-high 15 kills against Arkansas earlier this season. The Illini earned a straight-sets victory behind Quade’s strong performance, and in the team’s following match, the freshman didn’t let up. She recorded another 15... Read more »

Illinois volleyball loses fifth straight match

Illinois volleyball loses fifth straight match

James Boyd, Staff writer
November 6, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

  On Oct. 21st the Illinois volleyball team defeated Indiana in straight sets to move to 14-6 on the season and 7-2 overall in the Big Ten. Since then, Illinois has lost five-consecutive conference matches, including its most recent loss to No. 16 Michigan State. In the two teams’ first... Read more »