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Illini volleyball struggles in weekend conference

Illini volleyball struggles in weekend conference

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

Illinois volleyball began its three-match road trip against two Big Ten opponents ranked in the top 10 on Friday in Wisconsin. After falling to the Badgers in five sets, the No. 17 Illini traveled to Minnesota on Saturday in hopes of redemption but were beaten 3-1 by the Gophers. No. 6 Wisconsin rema...

Illini prepare to play three top-10 teams

Illini prepare to play three top-10 teams

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

The No. 17 Illinois volleyball team (9-6, 4-2) is halfway through its season, and over the next week, the team will travel to face three top-10 teams in six days. Illinois will start the stretch off on Friday at No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (10-4, 6-0), who’s most notable win came in sweeping the then...

Allison brings versatile talent from Auburn to Champaign

Allison brings versatile talent from Auburn to Champaign

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

Sophomore transfer Mica Allison is halfway through her first season with the Illini and just completed a four-match stretch where she consistently played hitter, a position she hasn’t played her whole college career so far. At Auburn University, Allison made the All-Freshman Southeastern Conference...

Illinois takes down Indiana for 16th consecutive time in clean sweep

Illinois takes down Indiana for 16th consecutive time in clean sweep

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

October 14, 2019

The No. 17 Illinois volleyball team (9-6, 4-2) took down the Indiana Hoosiers (12-7, 1-5) in a clean sweep at Huff Hall on Saturday, marking its 16th consecutive victory and a season sweep against the Hoosiers.  The match was the second time in eight days the two teams played one another,.With the...

Illinois falls to Minnesota

Illinois falls to Minnesota

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

The No. 17-ranked Illinois volleyball team (8-6, 3-2) were on a three-match win-streak before hosting the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2, 5-0) in a Wednesday night match at Huff. The Illini lost to Minnesota three sets to one, only picking up a win in the third set. In the first set of the match, I...

Cooney switches sides, shifts tide for Illinois

Cooney switches sides, shifts tide for Illinois

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

The Illinois volleyball team swept its first Big Ten weekend on the road, beating Indiana 3-0 on Friday before taking down Purdue 3-1 on Sunday. Leading the way on Friday was junior Megan Cooney, with 11 kills on a .588 hitting percentage. Senior Jacqueline Quade paced the Illini against Purdue with...

Illini win against Boilermakers 3-1

Illini win against Boilermakers 3-1

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

October 8, 2019

On Sunday, the No. 18-ranked Illinois volleyball team (8-5, 3-1) finished its weekend road trip against No. 17 Purdue (9-4,1-3), winning the match three sets to one behind a career-high for kills from junior Megan Cooney. After winning both road matches, the team is now on a three-match win streak, ...

Illini winning streak continues

Illini winning streak continues

By Gabby Hajudk, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

Illinois volleyball (7-5, 2-1) swept its second-straight Big Ten opponent after traveling to Indiana (11-5, 0-3) on Saturday. The Illini beat the Hoosiers 25-20, 25-13 and 25-19. “It was a really great team win for us because we really fought for every point,” said junior Megan Cooney. “In pas...

Brown steps into leadership role

Brown steps into leadership role

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 3, 2019

Just a month into the season, Illinois volleyball setter Diana Brown has proved she is the new commander on the court. After redshirting her freshman season behind former setter Jordyn Poulter, Brown has quickly adjusted to being back on the court. “Comfortability comes with confidence,” Brown said....

Illini lose to Cornhuskers, win against Hawkeyes

Illini lose to Cornhuskers, win against Hawkeyes

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

Approximately 4,152 fans stuffed Huff Hall Friday night to watch No. 20-ranked Illinois’ Big Ten home against No. 3 Nebraska. The last time the Illini and Cornhuskers met was during last year’s NCAA Final Four when Illinois fell to Nebraska 2-3 so upsetting one of the best teams in the country was ...

Illinois prepare for No. 3 Nebraska

Illinois prepare for No. 3 Nebraska

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

The Illinois volleyball team is preparing to face No. 3 Nebraska after finishing its nonconference schedule this weekend 5-4 after winning it’s last two matches against Pacific and Loyola Marymount. The Illini started the season as the No. 6 ranked team, according to the American Volleyball Coache...

Illini go 2-0 at Bulldog Brawl, veterans lead way out of slump

Illini go 2-0 at Bulldog Brawl, veterans lead way out of slump

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

Illinois volleyball is climbing out of its slump at the right time. With less than a week until the Big Ten season opens, the Illini focused on closing their nonconference season on a high note. No. 19 Illinois (5-4) did just that after going 2-0 at the Bulldog Brawl at Butler this weekend. Illinois...

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