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Illinois volleyball back on the road against Iowa and Nebraska

Illinois volleyball back on the road against Iowa and Nebraska

By Christian Evans, Staff writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

After winning three matches out of their four-match homestand, the Illinois volleyball team will depart from Champaign to face Iowa and Nebraska this weekend. Head coach Chris Tamas said the team will have to adjust to Iowa’s tendencies. “Iowa is a little bit like Ohio State,” Tamas said. “...

Cooney named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week

Cooney named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Outside hitter Megan Cooney was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week after helping the Illini secure two wins last weekend. Illinois swept Ohio State and Maryland during its three-game homestand. Cooney recorded 19 total kills, averaging 3.17 per set over both matches. She allowed only fou...

SAAC lets volleyball players lead off the court

SAAC lets volleyball players lead off the court

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Junior Beth Prince looked beyond the volleyball court to improve the campus she calls home. Two years ago, Prince volunteered to represent the Illinois volleyball team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Since then, her involvement has cultivated into a role on the executive board as ...

Illinois volleyball go 2-0 on the weekend

Illinois volleyball go 2-0 on the weekend

By Christian Evans, Staff writer

October 15, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

In its first full weekend of play without senior libero Brandi Donnelly, Illinois volleyball defeated both Ohio State and Maryland. Freshman Morgan O’Brien stepped in as Donnelly’s replacement and said the transition has gone well so far. “(Donnelly) is someone who is great to look up to, and s...

Illinois volleyball begins life without Donnelly against Ohio State, Maryland

Illinois volleyball begins life without Donnelly against Ohio State, Maryland

By Christian Evans, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


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

After losing senior Brandi Donnelly to injury over the weekend, Illinois volleyball is looking at upcoming matches against Ohio State and Maryland to show it can still play without its lone senior. Head coach Chris Tamas expects the whole team to step up and replace her production. “These situatio...

IlliNOISE Night is loudest yet

IlliNOISE Night is loudest yet

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

 The Illinois women’s volleyball team was welcomed home last Friday night by thousands of fans and 116 decibels of sound during the fourth annual IlliNOISE Night at Huff Hall. Although the Illini were swept by No. 13 Purdue, fans and the Marching Illini set a noise record that surpassed last year...

Illinois volleyball loses defensive specialist to injury over 1-1 weekend

Illinois volleyball loses defensive specialist to injury over 1-1 weekend

By Christian Evans, Staff writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Lone senior Brandi Donnelly was injured in the Illinois volleyball 1-1 over the weekend, as they lost to Purdue on Friday but rebounded Saturday with a win over the Indiana. It was IlliNOISE night on Friday and the crowd set a new program sound record with 116 dB; however, the energy was not enough...

Illinois volleyball prepares for weekend matchups against Purdue, Indiana

Illinois volleyball prepares for weekend matchups against Purdue, Indiana

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

October 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

After five weeks on the road, the Illinois volleyball team will make a long-awaited return to Huff Hall Friday against No. 18 Purdue. Huff Hall will host its fourth annual IlliNOISE Night Friday in lieu of the team’s homecoming. The promotional night is celebrated to the tone of over 2,000 fans, inc...

It’s a small (club) world for Illinois volleyball

It’s a small (club) world for Illinois volleyball

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

October 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Some collegiate volleyball players — like sophomore Jacqueline Quade — are lucky. When athletes hang up their high school and club volleyball jerseys for good, they often say goodbye to a slew of teammates they grew up playing the game with. Coaches pull players in all different directions, breaki...

Illini of the Week: Prince gets her time to shine

Illini of the Week: Prince gets her time to shine

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Illini of the Week, Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Redshirt sophomore Beth Prince is just getting started on her collegiate volleyball career. In high school, the Avon, Indiana native was named a PrepVolleyball.com All-American four consecutive times and found her home at the University of Illinois after she broke into the top 60 on the website’s...

Illinois volleyball starts Big Ten play with two road wins

Illinois volleyball starts Big Ten play with two road wins

September 25, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s volleyball team (11-2) beat both Indiana and Northwestern this week to start off 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Illini have won five matches in a row since losing to Stanford and Colorado in the Big Ten    /Pac-12 Challenge. Head coach Chris Tamas said the team has improved on thei...

Going undefeated not enough for Illinois Volleyball

Going undefeated not enough for Illinois Volleyball

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illini are returning home with a 3-0 run at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational this weekend, but not with a trophy. Despite a flawless record at the invite, Illinois finished second to Washington State as a result of set differences. Junior setter Jordyn Poulter and freshman Tyanna Omazic were na...

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