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Energy, teamwork lead Illinois to sweep

Energy, teamwork lead Illinois to sweep

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

September 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Illinois volleyball has been perfect this season. The team has continued to move up in the rankings, earning the No. 8 spot in the country before it even set foot on its home court. While senior middle blocker Ali Bastianelli said she sees room for improvement, the Illini still managed to open their hom...

Illini come home to Huff Hall

Illini come home to Huff Hall

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

For the first time in the 2018 season, the Illinois volleyball team will have a game at Huff Hall. While it may be a familiar haven for both students and athletes, for opponents, Huff’s looks may be misleading. “A lot of people are confused coming into Huff,” said Senior Setter Jordyn Poulter...

Cooney, O’Brien, Kuper lead way to tournament sweep

Cooney, O’Brien, Kuper lead way to tournament sweep

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

September 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball

The Illini swept up another tournament title at the CSU Invitational in Cleveland Sept. 7 and 8. Illinois blanked Bowling Green, Cleveland State and UC Irvine 3-0 in consecutive matches, lifting their record to 8-0, with especially strong moments sprinkled throughout the tournament weekend. “We’ve ...

Business as usual for Illini

Business as usual for Illini

By Rachel Spencer, Staff writer

September 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

It’s been over a week since the Illinois volleyball team lost a set. It’s been over half a year since it’s lost a game. The Illini have started their season with eight wins (only losing five total sets), an NCAA ranking and several conference honorees. Senior Jordyn Poulter grabbed the team...

Illinois sweeps Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge

Illinois sweeps Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

September 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illinois volleyball team boosted its winning  streak to five with a pair of wins in the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge in Seattle. After blanking No. 21 Colorado in the first round of the tournament, Illinois  took No. 13 Washington to five sets (25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22). Illinois got strong play ...

Tamas unifies team through social media pushes

Tamas unifies team through social media pushes

By Brian Binz, Sports Reporter

August 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

When Illinois volleyball head coach Chris Tamas was hired from Nebraska on Feb. 10, 2017, it didn’t make headlines on the usual sports news channels. But the signing did resonate early with an audience that has become so much bigger in the last handful of years: social media. “When he made the ...

Volleyball adds talents and refines skills heading into new season

Volleyball adds talents and refines skills heading into new season

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

August 27, 2018


Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Volleyball

Head coach Chris Tamas and the Illinois volleyball team began their 2018 season with a sweep at the Colorado State Tournament. The Illini posted a 3-0 performance against North Carolina Wilmington, a 3-2 victory over No. 25 Colorado State and a dramatic 3-2 win over Northern Colorado to close out the tour...

Morgan O’Brien makes US national team

Morgan O’Brien makes US national team

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

April 16, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

nIf you asked freshman Morgan O’Brien about her volleyball career five years ago, the answer would have been vague. The defensive specialist has been a cornerstone defensive presence for Illinois after just one season with the team. But O’Brien’s biggest athletic success came unexpectedly t...

Spring volleyball update

Spring volleyball update

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

April 16, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Spring volleyball isn’t anything new for the Illini, but some of the teams they play are. Illinois has faced Kentucky several times in previous fall seasons; however, local teams like Bradley and Illinois State represent uncharted territory for Illinois. So far during the spring season, Illinois has twice o...

Illinois volleyball gears up for spring season

Illinois volleyball gears up for spring season

March 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The 2017 season was a good one for Illinois volleyball. For the Illini, “good” meant finishing sixth overall in the Big Ten – behind five teams that were ranked well into the top-20 nationally, including the eventual NCAA Champion. It meant breaking through to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA to...

The only sport that matters

The only sport that matters

By Cole Henke, Sports editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The first sporting event I ever went to as a student at the University was a volleyball game. The Illini took on a ranked North Carolina team. It was the first college volleyball game I had ever seen, and the place was packed. To this day, it is still one of my favorite memories I have as a fan. Huff H...

Illinois Volleyball ready for Sweet 16 revenge against Spartans

Illinois Volleyball ready for Sweet 16 revenge against Spartans

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illinois volleyball team isn’t just looking to advance through the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament, it’s also looking for redemption. After nailing down a five-set win against Hawaii in the tournament opener, Illinois went on to upset No. 8 seed Washington on its home court in another fi...

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