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Team now prepares to play 2017 champions

Team now prepares to play 2017 champions

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


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

Final Four-bound Although he’s typically known as a calm and cool personality, Illinois head volleyball coach Chris Tamas couldn’t hold back tears  while reflecting on his team’s journey to qualify for the Final Four in his second season with the program. “To do it as a head coach, just t...

Illinois volleyball players come straight from the comics

Illinois volleyball players come straight from the comics

By Eli Schuster, Sport Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

First of all, I would like to apologize for any awkward eye contact. When I reminisce about my experience with the Illinois volleyball program, I can’t help but think about the numerous amounts of time I’ve locked eyes with one of the players and come up blank. Interviewing athletes has become ...

Win secures Final Four spot

Win secures Final Four spot

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

December 8, 2018


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

Beth Prince, Jordyn Poulter and Blayke Hranicka sat on the bench laughing as the clock on the Huff Hall scoreboard ticked under the 30-minute pregame mark. Two hours and 14 minutes later, the three would meet again but piled in a group hug and accompanied by their teammates, celebrating the Illinois...

Illinois headed to Elite 8 after sweep of Marquette

Illinois headed to Elite 8 after sweep of Marquette

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


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

Despite an unusual 11 a.m. start time, the Illinois women’s volleyball team continued its postseason run with a sweep over Marquette. The Illini got a strong performance in all aspects of the game to clinch a spot in the program's seventh-ever Elite Eight that will take place at Huff Hall on Saturday. For...

Illinois to play Friday in Sweet 16

Illinois to play Friday in Sweet 16

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

NCAA tournament play will return to Huff Hall this Friday as the Illinois volleyball team competes for a spot in Saturday’s regional final. Illinois advanced to this weekend’s competition after beating tourney newcomer Eastern Michigan on Friday in three sets and Louisville on Saturday in fo...

Volleyball stays on winning track

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The 2018 season marks Illinois volleyball’s second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 under second-year head coach Chris Tamas. But the NCAA tournament isn’t unfamiliar territory for the Illini. The 44-year-old program has made 25 NCAA appearances and clinched four Big Ten conference titles sin...

Illinois tops Louisville, heads to Sweet 16

Illinois tops Louisville, heads to Sweet 16

By Brain Binz, Staff writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Sports Top Stories, Top Stories, Volleyball

After breezing through Eastern Michigan during the first round of the NCAA tournament at Huff Hall, the No. 1-seed Illinois volleyball team faced a more challenging test in round two. Fresh off a three-game sweep of Dayton, the Louisville Cardinals found themselves in a position very similar to one ...

Illinois blocks NCAA competition in home victories

Illinois blocks NCAA competition in home victories

December 3, 2018


Filed under Volleyball

It is unlikely any team wants to face the Illini at Huff Hall. While the venue is known for its various fan nights — including the ever-popular Stuff Huff and IlliNOISE Night — the crowd for Friday’s NCAA tournament match was nothing short of impressive. Attendance was just over 4,000 and a major...

Illinois takes care of Eastern Michigan in first round

Illinois takes care of Eastern Michigan in first round

December 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Another packed crowd filled Huff Hall but this time Illinois volleyball team’s season was on the line against Eastern Michigan. Nevertheless, to senior setter Jordyn Poulter, it felt like just another game for the Illinois women’ volleyball team. “I’m gonna be honest it felt like a preseason...

Volleyball to take on Eastern Michigan in first round of NCAA Tournament

Volleyball to take on Eastern Michigan in first round of NCAA Tournament

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

This year’s first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament is full of new experiences for the Illini. Last year, Illinois was on the road and traveled to the University of Washington to face off against the University of Hawaii, a team well outside Illinois' normal Big Ten competition. However, th...

No. 3 volleyball enters NCAA tournament

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Volleyball, Women's Sports

It’s been only 355 days since the Illini volleyball team has played in an NCAA tournament match. But this year’s postseason play couldn’t look more different from the year before. For starters, the Illini will be hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament after clinching a No....

Team set for NCAA tournament after win

Team set for NCAA tournament after win

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

November 26, 2018


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

Illinois athletics hasn’t had a lot to cheer about in recent years. With a football program that’s gone 9-27 over the last three years and a men’s basketball team that’s setting school records for postseason futility, the “revenue sports” supposed to be the face of a university’s athleti...

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