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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...

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 ...

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