Illini outside hitter named to American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Northeast Region team

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Tyler Courtney | The Daily Illin

Jocelynn Birks spikes the ball during the game against Penn State at Huff Hall on Friday, October 9. Illinois lost 1-3.

By Daniel Collins

Illinois volleyball’s Jocelynn Birks can add being selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Northeast Region for a third straight year to her list of accomplishments.

The senior outside hitter, who is coming off a season-high 26 kills against Louisville in the second round of the NCAA tournament, has 426 kills and 276 digs on the year. Her team-leading 426 kills is good enough for fifth in the Big Ten.

Illinois’ all-time kills leader become the 12th player in program history to record 1,000 digs and is seventh with 1,152.

The Illini face off in a Sweet 16 matchup against Minnesota on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa. Illinois has been eliminated in the Sweet 16 the past two years.

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