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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...

Illinois looks for upset at Penn State

Illinois looks for upset at Penn State

By Gaby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 23, 2019

Losses against No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Minnesota last weekend dropped the Illinois volleyball team to a 9-8 overall record and 4-4 in the Big Ten. Nearing the halfway point of the conference season, Illinois looks to upset Penn State on the road Wednesday night. Keys to the upset  Sitting at No. 17 in ...

Former Illinois coach Mike Hebert passes away at 75

Former Illinois coach Mike Hebert passes away at 75

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

October 23, 2019

Former Illinois volleyball coach Mike Hebert passed away Monday in San Diego. He was 75. Hebert coached the Illini from 1983 to 1995. He led the Illinois volleyball program to two Final Four appearances in 1987 and 1988 and four Big Ten titles, including the program's first in 1986. During his...

Illini volleyball struggles in weekend conference

Illini volleyball struggles in weekend conference

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

Illinois volleyball began its three-match road trip against two Big Ten opponents ranked in the top 10 on Friday in Wisconsin. After falling to the Badgers in five sets, the No. 17 Illini traveled to Minnesota on Saturday in hopes of redemption but were beaten 3-1 by the Gophers. No. 6 Wisconsin rema...

Illini prepare to play three top-10 teams

Illini prepare to play three top-10 teams

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

The No. 17 Illinois volleyball team (9-6, 4-2) is halfway through its season, and over the next week, the team will travel to face three top-10 teams in six days. Illinois will start the stretch off on Friday at No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (10-4, 6-0), who’s most notable win came in sweeping the then...

Allison brings versatile talent from Auburn to Champaign

Allison brings versatile talent from Auburn to Champaign

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

Sophomore transfer Mica Allison is halfway through her first season with the Illini and just completed a four-match stretch where she consistently played hitter, a position she hasn’t played her whole college career so far. At Auburn University, Allison made the All-Freshman Southeastern Conference...

Illinois takes down Indiana for 16th consecutive time in clean sweep

Illinois takes down Indiana for 16th consecutive time in clean sweep

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

October 14, 2019

The No. 17 Illinois volleyball team (9-6, 4-2) took down the Indiana Hoosiers (12-7, 1-5) in a clean sweep at Huff Hall on Saturday, marking its 16th consecutive victory and a season sweep against the Hoosiers.  The match was the second time in eight days the two teams played one another,.With the...

Illinois falls to Minnesota

Illinois falls to Minnesota

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

The No. 17-ranked Illinois volleyball team (8-6, 3-2) were on a three-match win-streak before hosting the No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-2, 5-0) in a Wednesday night match at Huff. The Illini lost to Minnesota three sets to one, only picking up a win in the third set. In the first set of the match, I...

Cooney switches sides, shifts tide for Illinois

Cooney switches sides, shifts tide for Illinois

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 10, 2019

The Illinois volleyball team swept its first Big Ten weekend on the road, beating Indiana 3-0 on Friday before taking down Purdue 3-1 on Sunday. Leading the way on Friday was junior Megan Cooney, with 11 kills on a .588 hitting percentage. Senior Jacqueline Quade paced the Illini against Purdue with...

Illini win against Boilermakers 3-1

Illini win against Boilermakers 3-1

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

October 8, 2019

On Sunday, the No. 18-ranked Illinois volleyball team (8-5, 3-1) finished its weekend road trip against No. 17 Purdue (9-4,1-3), winning the match three sets to one behind a career-high for kills from junior Megan Cooney. After winning both road matches, the team is now on a three-match win streak, ...

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