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No. 24 Illinois earns at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

No. 24 Illinois earns at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

Head coach Chris Tamas and the No. 24-ranked Illinois volleyball team secured their third-straight NCAA tournament bid in as many years Sunday. The Illini will travel to Provo, Utah, to take on the Utah Utes at Brigham Young University's Smith Fieldhouse in the first round of the tournament on Friday...

Illinois defeats Northwestern in final regular-season match

Illinois defeats Northwestern in final regular-season match

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

November 28, 2019

In their last regular-season match at Huff Hall, seniors Jaqueline Quade and Ashlyn Fleming led the No. 24 Illinois volleyball team (16-12, 11-8) to victory over Northwestern (13-18, 4-15). Quade ended the night with 20 kills on a .366 hitting percentage, while Fleming contributed a dozen kills with e...

Illinois volleyball prepares to face Maryland and Ohio State on the road

Illinois volleyball prepares to face Maryland and Ohio State on the road

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

The No. 25 Illinois volleyball team is 13-12 and 8-8 in the Big Ten. With four matches left in the regular season, the Illini are just above .500 before heading into the postseason and need to earn a few more wins before heading into the playoffs.  This weekend, the team will travel to face Maryland (13-15, 5...

O’Brien earns Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors

O’Brien earns Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

November 18, 2019

Junior libero Morgan O'Brien became the third Illini volleyball player to earn Big Ten Player of the Week accolades this season. The conference recognition follows O'Brien's performance against No. 8 Penn State and Rutgers this weekend. No. 25 Illinois volleyball's backcourt threat registered 41 digs...

Illini bounce back after Nittany Lions’ loss

Illini bounce back after Nittany Lions’ loss

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

It was a tale of two sweeps in Champaign this weekend for the No. 25 Illinois volleyball team. Illinois lost to No. 7 Penn State in three sets on Friday (25-15, 25-22, 25-18), but it also won in three sets against Rutgers on Saturday (25-11, 25-15, 25-20).  The first time Illinois and Penn State faced...

Illini fall to Wolverines, look forward to weekend matches

Illini fall to Wolverines, look forward to weekend matches

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

The No. 25 Illinois volleyball team (12-11, 7-7) will return to Huff Hall after being on the road for the last two matches. Illinois will host Penn State (19-4, 12-2) on Friday and Rutgers (8-17, 2-12) on Saturday.  The Illini lost their last match-up last weekend against the Wolverines 3-1 in Ann Arbor, Michig...

Illinois falls to Michigan on the road

Illinois falls to Michigan on the road

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

November 11, 2019

No. 21 Illinois volleyball dropped a road game at the University of Michigan, making Saturday’s 3-1 loss the program’s second difficult meeting with the Wolverines this season. The loss follows a familiar pattern for the Illini this season, as their road struggles have culminated to a 4-5 away recor...

Illinois volleyball prepares for Iowa

Illinois volleyball prepares for Iowa

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

The No. 21 Illinois volleyball team has eight regular-season matches left before the NCAA tournament in December. The Illini currently sit at 11-10 with a 6-6 conference record, following their last stretch of matches, where they went 2-6. The team is preparing for their second match against Iowa on ...

Illinois volleyball splits weekend series to pick up milestone victory

Illinois volleyball splits weekend series to pick up milestone victory

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

The No. 19 Illinois volleyball team (11-10, 6-6) secured their 1,000th program win as the team hosted both Big Ten Michigan teams this weekend, losing to Michigan (14-7, 7-4) on Friday night and winning against Michigan State (13-9, 4-8) on Saturday night. In the first match against Michigan, the Ill...

Huff Hall houses home-court advantage for Illini

Huff Hall houses home-court advantage for Illini

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

October 30, 2019

Illinois volleyball continues the action at Huff Hall this weekend as the team takes on Michigan and Michigan State. The two matchups mark the midpoint of what has been a rocky Big Ten season for the 10-9 Illini, who come into the weekend with an even-split 5-5 conference record. Illinois’ return t...

Volleyball wins 3-0 against Ohio State, ends road losing streak

Volleyball wins 3-0 against Ohio State, ends road losing streak

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

After three consecutive losses on the road, the No. 17 Illinois volleyball team returned to Huff Hall on Saturday to host Ohio State. The Illini (10-9, 5-5) swept the Buckeyes (11-11, 4-6), winning their first match in two weeks.  “It’s good to be back home,” said head coach Chris Tamas. “That’s about ...

Illinois falls to Penn State

Illinois falls to Penn State

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

October 25, 2019

The No. 17 Illinois volleyball team lost to No. 8 Penn State in five sets after being up 2-0 to cap off a three-match losing streak against the three top teams in the Big Ten. The last time the Illinois volleyball team played Penn State was last season when the Illini won a five-set match to win their n...

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