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Dosunmu, Quade win Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year awards

Senior Jacqueline Quade and Sophomore Ayo Dosunmu were named Dicke Eddleman Athletes of the Year on Wednesday.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 14, 2020

Illinois men’s basketball guard Ayo Dosunmu and women’s volleyball outside hitter Jacqueline Quade were named Dike Eddleman Athletes of the Year for their past season performances. The award is named after Dike Eddleman, who garnered 11 varsity letters at Illinois. Dosunmu became the first male b...

Best Illini Uniforms: Orange with blue stripe ranks at top of 2019 volleyball jerseys

Junior Kylie Bruder sets the ball during the match against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 21, 2019.

By Brendyn Jones, On-Air Editor

May 13, 2020

Any Illini fan that has ever been to an Illinois volleyball game at Huff Hall knows how great the atmosphere is. At full capacity, Huff Hall is aggressively loud, and combined with when the fans all come in the same color, the home-court advantage Huff Hall gives has to be great. The aesthetic of the ...

All-time starting six highlights Illini volleyball greats

Senior Michelle Bartsch serves the ball during the NCAA Championship against UCLA on Dec. 17, 2011

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

May 8, 2020

Over the years, the Illinois volleyball program has had many impressive seasons. One national championship appearance and four Final Four’s headline their achievements. The Illini have had so much success due to the skilled individuals that have passed through the program. Here are the all-time sta...

Tamas uses downtime, social media to connect with family, community

Illionois head coach Chris Tamas talks to his team during the match against Iowa at Huff Hall on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. The Illini won 3-0.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

For all players and coaches in the collegiate athletics world, unprecedented changes have been made due to the outbreak of COVID-19. For Illinois volleyball head coach Chris Tamas, that challenge comes with working with players and coaches from home as well as balancing his family life.  The spring is vital for co...

Former Illini Jordyn Poulter’s Olympic journey halted

Former Illini volleyball player Jordyn Poulter tips the ball over the net.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

April 29, 2020

Just over a year after she graduated from college, former Illini setter Jordyn Poulter had been pursuing her goal of making the Team USA Olympic volleyball roster. Like all of her Team USA teammates, Poulter had been competing overseas and was nearing the end of her first full season with Chieri ‘76, ...

Team of the century: 2018 Illini volleyball nearly dominate entire season

Illinois outside hitter Jacqueline Quade (7) points to setter Jordyn Poulter (1) after scoring a kill during the match against Nebraska in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament at the Target Center on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Nebraska defeated Illinois 3-2.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

The Big Ten is a volleyball powerhouse and to succeed in the conference is a huge accomplishment in itself. In 2018, though, the Illini didn’t only succeed in the conference; they did something the program had only done three other times in history. Since 2000, Illinois have made the postseason 11 times, bu...

Illini lose spring season, workouts

Illinois outside hitter Megan Cooney  spikes the ball during the match against Nebraska in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament at the Target Center on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Nebraska defeated Illinois 3-2.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

April 4, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 didn’t cut the Illinois volleyball team’s season short, but it is already starting to affect their 2020 fall season. A loss of workouts, team-bonding and time for planning their upcoming season puts the Illini in an unexpectedly difficult position. The spring season is very i...

Eli Sharping named new volleyball assistant

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant Sports Editor

February 13, 2020

Illinois volleyball has found its new assistant coach. Illinois athletics announced on Tuesday, via a press release, that head coach Chris Tamas has named Eli Sharping the new assistant coach for the volleyball program. The team was in need of a new assistant staffer after former coach Alfred Reft...

Illini volleyball assistant coach Reft accepts San Diego job

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant Sports Editor

February 5, 2020

Illinois volleyball’s assistant coach Alfred “Alfee” Reft has accepted the associate head coaching position with the University of San Diego, Illinois Athletics announced this week.  Reft, who spent two seasons with the Illini, helped coach the team to a 48-18 record in those two seasons a...

Quade named AVCA All-American Honorable Mention following senior season

December 18, 2019

Illinois volleyball senior Jacqueline Quade earned her second consecutive All-American accolade after being named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention. The All-American nod not only concludes Quade's career as an Illini but also adds to All-Big Ten Preseason an...

Fall sports lose traction throughout season, some exceptions

Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters rolls to the right and looks for an open receiver during Illinois' game at Iowa Saturday. The Hawkeyes beat the Illini 19-10, snapping their four-game win streak. Captured at Kinnick Stadium on 23 Nov. 2019 by Jonathan Bonaguro.

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

December 12, 2019

This fall, Illinois experienced memorable victories and tragic losses at nearly every turn. Some Illini teams saw serious growth in the latter part of 2019, while others fell victim to expectation-shattering campaigns. Despite what record books and scoreboards may suggest, the Illini were full of surpr...

Illinois falls to Utah at NCAA Tournament

Outside hitter Jacqueline Quade spikes the ball during the Illinois’ game in Utah at Provo, Utah, Friday. The Illini’s loss to the Utes in the first round of the NCAA tournament ended the team’s season.

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

December 9, 2019

On Friday, the Illinois volleyball team concluded its season in the first round of the NCAA tournament, losing in five sets against No. 17 Utah. Illinois gave up the first set, but won the next 2. Utah edged Illinois in the fourth set, and then a mid-set run by Utah in the fifth sealed the win for t...

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