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Illini sports update: Wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball teams off to undefeated starts

Senior Dylan Duncan attempts to break the hold of his opponent during the meet against Purdue on Friday. The men’s wrestling team is undefeated this season (4-0).
January 25, 2021

Just 10 months ago, the sports world came to a sudden halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winter sport playoffs and tournaments were canceled, and almost the entirety of spring seasons were never played....

Illinois continues strong start, completes sweep over Iowa

Redshirt Freshman Ellie Holzman bumps the ball during the game against Iowa on Saturday.
January 23, 2021

The Illini continued their strong start to the season, moving up to 2-0 with a dominant 3-1 win over Iowa. After going back and forth yesterday, Illinois left little doubt they were the better team on...

Illinois starts season strong with 3-1 win at Iowa

The Illinois volleyball team celebrates after scoring a point during the match against Iowa on Friday.
January 22, 2021

After over a year between matches, Illinois began its season strong with a 3-1 win at Iowa. The Illini started the match a little shaky, facing a 6-2 deficit in the first set, but ultimately got it together...

Illinois kicks off 2021 season at Iowa for first time in over a year

The Illinois volleyball team places a game during the 2019-2020 season. The team will play its first match of this season today at Iowa.
January 22, 2021

The Illini will begin their volleyball season starting at 3:30 p.m. with a trip to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday along with a second match at Iowa at noon on Saturday. This will mark Illinois’...

Illini defensive specialists prepare for expanded role

Junior Taylor Kuper bumps the ball during the game against Michigan on Nov. 1, 2019.
January 19, 2021

Over the past offseason for Illinois volleyball, the only constant for the team has been change. Five starters have departed, the traditional fall season was postponed to spring and the coaching...

Illinois releases volleyball schedule

A post from the official Illinois volleyball Instagram details the team's schedule for the 2020-2021 season.
December 30, 2020

After months of anticipation, the Illini finally have a volleyball schedule. This season will be like no other, consisting of 22 regular-season conference-only games. These will be done in the format of...

Illinois athletics receives National Letters of Intent from dozens of athletes on Signing Day

The Illinois volleyball team huddles up in a match against Michigan on Nov. 1, 2019. The volleyball team was one of the many Illinois programs to have players sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
November 11, 2020

The NCAA’s national signing period for high school athletes of all sports except football began on Nov. 11. Today, dozens of athletes from across the country signed their National Letter of Intent to...

Illinois middle blockers prepare for spotlight

Sophomores Kyla Swanson and Kennedy Collins block a spike during the match against Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2019. Collins and two of her teammates stayed in touch last semester to workout over zoom.
October 26, 2020

In recent years, Illinois volleyball has developed a rich history of excellence at the middle blocker position, with players like Ali Bastianelli and Ashlyn Fleming leaving marks on Illini record books....

Tamas prepares young team for spring season

Volleyball head coach Chris Tamas watches from the sidelines during the game against Penn State on Nov. 15. Tamas remains optimistic about the extended offseason and the opportunity for new player improvement.
October 8, 2020

On Sept. 21, the NCAA Division I Council approved pushing the volleyball season to the spring, with a regular season start date of Jan. 22 and a 48-team postseason tournament rather than the typical 64....

Shorter practices may be Illini’s secret to success

Head volleyball coach Chris Tamas speaks with current senior Megan Cooney during the game against Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2019.
September 30, 2020

A typical Illinois volleyball practice looks different from most college programs across the country for one key reason: brevity. Head coach Chris Tamas has brought a ‘less-is-more’ philosophy to the...

Megan Cooney ready for final run with Illini

Then junior Megan Cooney speaks to her team during the game against Marquette at Redbird Arena on Sept. 14, 2019 in Normal, IL.
September 23, 2020

Illinois senior Megan Cooney is a true veteran. The easy-going outside/opposite hitter has seen Illinois volleyball at some of its highest and lowest points over the past few years, but now she may face...

NCAA board approves postponement of fall championships to spring

Then seniors Ashlyn Fleming and Jacqueline Quade attempt to block the ball during the game against the Pacific Tigers on Sept. 20, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN.
September 22, 2020

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved the postponement of fall sports championships to the spring, with the exclusion of football, on Tuesday. The postponement was originally recommended by the...

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