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Volleyball takes down Penn State

Volleyball takes down Penn State

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

November 12, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

https://youtu.be/BtRn-vwwhNs Against Wisconsin, it was 2013. As for Nebraska and Penn State, it was 2014. Those were the last years the Illinois volleyball team beat its Big Ten opponents until this month, when the Illini beat all three, finishing off the trifecta with a dramatic five-set win over ...

Volleyball to face Rutgers, Penn State

Volleyball to face Rutgers, Penn State

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

November 8, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized, Volleyball, Women's Sports

It’s been almost two weeks since the Illini played their last match at Huff Hall. While away, Illinois beat the reigning national champions and extended its overall winning streak to seven games with victories over Nebraska, Ohio State and Maryland. The team’s conference record stands at 11-3,...

O’Brien’s play aids in recent victory

O’Brien’s play aids in recent victory

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

After defeating reigning national champions Nebraska on Saturday, the Illinois volleyball team has plenty of reasons to be proud. Illinois saw itself rise to the fourth-ranked team in the nation after the win. The only Big Ten team ranked ahead of them is No. 3 Minnesota, as the Illini continue to ...

Comeback effort extends win streak

Comeback effort extends win streak

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

About one month ago, the Illinois volleyball team lost its first two games of the year against No. 9 Nebraska and No. 7 Wisconsin in Huff Hall. The Illini have avenged their only home losses of the year over the last two weekends, including a four-set win over last year’s national champi...

Illinois sweeps Maryland before heading on road trip

Illinois sweeps Maryland before heading on road trip

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illini picked up another conference win at home yesterday while hosting the Terrapins. Illinois swept Maryland in three sets, beating the visitors 25-14 in the first and second sets before having to battle it out in the third to walk away with a set score of 25-19. The win pushed the No. 6...

Bastianelli hits record books

Bastianelli hits record books

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Nowadays, any Illinois volleyball fan can identify Ali Bastianelli, the starting senior middle blocker for the Illini, who is one of the best players to come through the program in recent years. However, not many people would remember the young, out-of-state freshman who was thrown into a starting spot on ...

Volleyball wins in emotional weekend

Volleyball wins in emotional weekend

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Crowds at Huff Hall couldn't have seen two more different games this weekend. No. 7 Illinois hosted both Michigan State and No. 13 Michigan, beating both Big Ten contenders in three and five sets, respectively. Friday’s match against Michigan was a close battle. Going into the weekend, both teams had similar c...

Quade continues to reach new heights

Quade continues to reach new heights

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

October 18, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

When a program is as prominent as No. 7 Illinois volleyball is in 2018, it’s hard to pick any one player who stands out. But week after week, one name continues to rise to the top of the box score — junior Jacqueline Quade has played a crucial role throughout the 2018 volleyball season. Whether...

Illini beat Badgers in away rematch

Illini beat Badgers in away rematch

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Just one week after losing to Wisconsin in Huff Hall, the Illinois volleyball team had a chance to flip the script. The No. 7 Illini headed to Madison to battle the No. 8 Badgers and picked up their first win of the year against a top-10 Big Ten team. The game started the same way as the last one, w...

Illinois embraces road game challenges

Illinois embraces road game challenges

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Balancing a competitive schedule and an intense academic career often involves one more challenging aspect — the reality of road games and all that they entail. Illinois is on the road this weekend to Minnesota and Wisconsin after consecutive weekends at home. The team's return to Huff Hall was fille...

Coaching staff brings professional energy

Coaching staff brings professional energy

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

In the summer after Illinois volleyball’s first Sweet 16 berth under Chris Tamas, the Illini needed an assistant coach whose focus would be passing and defense. Tamas knew who he wanted, bringing Alfred “Alfee” Reft on as the Illini’s second assistant coach. Reft and Tamas worked together i...

Illini back on track after win

Illini back on track after win

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

After the Illini sustained their first two losses of the year last weekend back-to-back against No. 3 Nebraska and No. 6 Wisconsin, two of the top teams in the Big Ten, Saturday’s match was more than just another run-of-the-mill sweep. “In practice after Wisconsin, we got in the gym and really ...

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