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Redshirt Junior Diana Brown sets the ball during the game against the University of Colorado Boulder Sept. 4. Brown asserts dominance at the net which could elevate the team going into conference play.

Brown asserts dominance at net, sets Illini up for success heading into conference play

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 21, 2021

Having a good, reliable setter is essential to a balanced and dynamic offense. Former Illinois star and one-time Big Ten Setter of the Year Jordyn Poulter was a huge reason why the Illini made a run all...

The Illinois volleyball team bands together during the game against  the University of Colorado Boulder Sept. 4. The team goes undefeated in the Redbird Classic and scores 9-0 in final three nonconference matches.

Illinois goes undefeated in Redbird Classic, goes 9-0 in final three nonconference matches

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor September 18, 2021

The Illinois volleyball team (8-3) won the Illinois State Redbird Classic on Friday and Saturday, playing in three matches and not losing a set. Coming into the weekend, Illinois defeated Omaha and...

The Illinois womens volleyball team huddles during the game against the University of Colorado Boulder Sept. 4. The Illini will head to Normal, IL for the Redbird Classic for their final non conference tournament.

Illinois travels to Normal for Redbird Classic for final nonconference tournament

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 17, 2021

Quiet gyms. Conference matches. Restrictions galore. After a spring season stuffed with special circumstances, Illinois has returned to its regularly scheduled programming. With three weekends against...

The Illinois volleyball team huddles together during the Bluejay Invitational this weekend. The Illini beat Omaha and Southern Methodist on Friday before falling to host No. 19 Creighton on Saturday.

Illinois wins two of three matches at Bluejay Invitational in Omaha

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor September 11, 2021

The Illinois volleyball team traveled to Omaha for the Bluejay Invitational  and played in a trio of matches this weekend. Illinois played Omaha and Southern Methodist Friday, and Creighton on Saturday. Heading...

Illini volleyball alumni and olympic athletes Jordyn Poulter, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Erin Virtue pose for a photo at Huff Hall on Friday. The olympians reflect on their gold medal win.

Home at Huff: Illinois’ Olympians reflect on historic gold-medal glory

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 8, 2021

For the first time in history, members of Team USA women’s volleyball left the Olympics with gold medals around their necks.  Not just this, though. Three former Illini volleyball standouts stood...

Illinois huddles as a team during the match against Washington on Friday. The Illini fell in both matches, which were part of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.

Fans return to Huff Hall as Illinois drops matches to No. 11 Washington, Colorado

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 4, 2021

Huff Hall is known for its rowdy crowds, intensity and noise. For almost two years, none of those defining characteristics were present, with matches forced to be played behind closed doors during the...

Sophomore Riana Terry dives for the ball during their game against Indiana March 27. Riana Terry is a forced to be messed with and has prepared for the upcoming season.

‘There’s no place like Huff’: Illinois welcomes fans for first time since 2019 for matches against Washington, Colorado

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 3, 2021

Raina Terry has already established herself as a force to be reckoned with on the court.  After a dominant freshman season — which included 17 starts, leading the team in kills, notching six double-doubles...

Graduate Student Megan Cooney sets the ball during their volleyball game against Valparaiso Aug. 28. Megan Cooney had 13 kills during their game as they ride the high back to Champaign.

Illinois volleyball leaves Panther Invite with polished record

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer August 28, 2021

The Illinois volleyball team is off to a successful start. The Illini racked up three wins at the Panther Invitational in Milwaukee this weekend. A five-setter with the University of California, Santa...

Junior Diana Brown hits the ball during a game against Purdue at Holloway Gym on April 3.  The team prepares to play against several different team in Milwaukee this weekend.

Illinois opens season in Milwaukee for Panther Invite

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer August 26, 2021

Illinois volleyball is back and looking to be better than ever. The Illini will make their debut in the Panther Invite this weekend at Milwaukee and compete against the Milwaukee, Valparaiso and University...

Diana Brown celebrates during the game against Maryland on March 20.  Illinois volleyball setters are set to make a big impact this season.

Setters preview: Get set for Illini volleyball season

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer August 24, 2021

Illinois has a trio of setters this season: graduate student Kylie Bruder, redshirt junior Diana Brown and freshman Brooke Mosher.  Following last year’s shortened season, Bruder decided to opt in...

Senior Megan Cooney celebrates with Rylee Hinton during the game against Indiana March 27. Illinois volleyball will consist of star newcomers and well seasoned veterans for the upcoming season.

Illini middle blockers, outside hitters feature veterans, newcomers for 2021 season

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer August 19, 2021

On account of its young roster and the NCAA’s eligibility extension, Illinois will see a familiar cast of faces throughout the season, with the exception of a few new additions who surely will capture...

Taylor Kuper hits the ball during the match against Indiana on March 27. Super, who earned All-Big Ten First-Team honors last season, will be an important returner for the Illini in 2021 due to a lack of depth in her position.

Building its backbone: Take a look at Illinois’ defensive specialists

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer August 16, 2021

For what Illinois volleyball lacks in numbers with defensive specialists, it holds up its end with its talent. This season, the backcourt of Illinois volleyball will fall into the hands of senior Taylor...

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