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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...

Illinois volleyball moves on to the Sweet 16

Illinois volleyball moves on to the Sweet 16

By Meghan Rest, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


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

“Sweet” was the word of the weekend for the Illini. After two thrilling five-set victories in the first rounds of the NCAA tournament Friday and Saturday, Illinois punched its ticket to the Sweet 16. This marks the eighth time in 10 years Illinois has advanced this far. The journey began Friday ni...

Illinois Volleyball ready for return to NCAA Tournament

Illinois Volleyball ready for return to NCAA Tournament

November 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Volleyball

The Illini have made up for missing last year’s NCAA tournament and then some. Illinois’ 21-10 overall season has spoken volumes over last year’s record of 17-14, and its 12-8 record in the Big Ten says even more. The Illini have climbed their way up from last season’s 10-10 conference record to a mo...

Donnelly’s final act with Illinois volleyball

Donnelly’s final act with Illinois volleyball

By Meghan Rest, Staff Writer

November 27, 2017


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

For college athletes, nothing is scarier than a serious injury. Just ask senior libero Brandi Donnelly. After sitting on the sidelines for almost a month, Illinois’ defensive cornerstone jumped back into action Nov. 1 against Northwestern. Donnelly hadn’t seen the court since the second set agai...

Strong finish earns Illini a tournament bid

Strong finish earns Illini a tournament bid

By Meghan Rest, Staff Writer

November 26, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

With 21 wins under their belt, the Illini are ready for the first round of NCAA regionals. The door has closed on the regular season for Illinois volleyball. But after tying it all together with a three-game winning streak, the women are more than hopeful for a successful trip to the tournament this...

Volleyball falls to No. 12 Wisconsin

Volleyball falls to No. 12 Wisconsin

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

November 17, 2017


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

Illinois got off to a fast start against No. 12 Wisconsin on Friday night. But, in its third-to-last home game of the season, the Illini fell to the Badgers 3-1. “I thought Wisconsin played well, but I also think we left a lot of point on the floor,” said head coach Chris Tamas. “We made too many...

Illinois volleyball set for last regular season homestand

Illinois volleyball set for last regular season homestand

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

November 17, 2017


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

Illinois volleyball will return to Huff Hall this Friday at 6 p.m. to begin the team’s final stretch of regular season home games. As the season winds down, Illinois will take on No. 13 Wisconsin for the first time this year. Despite Wisconsin's top-20 ranking in the NCAA, the Badgers are 8-8 in t...

Volleyball recap: Illinois’ rough weekend in Michigan

Volleyball recap: Illinois’ rough weekend in Michigan

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

November 13, 2017


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

Despite a 0-2 weekend on the road, the Illini are learning how to become more polished as the post-season approaches. Illinois is now 18-9 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten. According to head coach Chris Tamas, Illinois found silver linings in between losses to No. 8 Michigan State on Friday and M...

Illinois volleyball holds off Michigan in five-set win

Illinois volleyball holds off Michigan in five-set win

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

November 6, 2017


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

As the Michigan Wolverines failed to return Tyanna Omazic’s serve, the Illini volleyball team capped a thrilling five-set victory. Illinois dominated the beginning of the game, jumping out to a 2-0 set lead. It seemed as though it would be a short night for Michigan as the teams broke the huddle for...

Helping the Illini battle the best

Helping the Illini battle the best

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Volleyball

Big Ten volleyball, like many Big Ten sports, is a battle of the best. With three of the top-five teams in the country battling for the conference title, teams have to use all of their resources to win. A big secret behind Illinois’ 9-5 conference record isn’t a special food or workout plan – it’s ...

Illinois defeats Northwestern with the return of lone senior

Illinois defeats Northwestern with the return of lone senior

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

November 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Illinois welcomed back lone senior Brandi Donnelly Wednesday night in a sweep against Northwestern. After running through full warmups during last week’s match against Penn State, Donnelly showed signs that her time on the bench was coming to a close. According to head coach Chris Tamas, Donnelly wa...

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