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Illinois moves onto the Sweet Sixteen after four-set victory over Louisville

Illinois' Jocelynn Birks (7) attempts to dink the ball during the game versus Louisville at Huff Hall on Friday, August 28, 2015.The Illini won 3-0.
December 6, 2015

After dropping the first set against Louisville in a hostile environment, Illinois volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly had a message for his team: Calm down.Frantic play has been a cause for concern for...

Illini volleyballers nab several All-Conference awards

Illinois' Jocelynn Birks (7) attempts to spike the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Illinois won 3-1.
December 2, 2015

The Illini volleyball team earned its third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and its sixth in seven years with head coach Kevin Hambly at the helm.Based on records, this year is one of Hambly’s weakest...

Illinois volleyball decimates Rutgers in three sets.

Illinois' Ali Bastianelli (5) attempts to spike the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Illinois won 3-1.
November 15, 2015

The Illinois volleyball team plays some of the best teams in the country week-to-week — that’s the nature of the Big Ten — but playing Rutgers is a bit of an exception.Saturday, the No. 17...

Illini volleyball freshman Ali Bastianelli used to fighting for what she wants

(left) Naya Crittenden and (right) Ali Bastianelli jump to block and attack during the game against Michigan State at Huff Hall on Friday, Oct. 30. Illinois won 3-1.
November 4, 2015

Freshman Ali Bastianelli is a 6-foot-3, tough-as-nails middle blocker who leads the Illinois volleyball team with 98 blocks on the season.The source of Bastianelli’s toughness behind the net may come...

Illinois volleyball looks to capture first road win against Northwestern since 2012

November 4, 2015

Tweet: No. 18-ranked #Illini volleyball looks to keep win streak alive at Northwestern on Wednesday night.By Eli SchwadronStaff writerIllinois volleyball hasn’t won on the road against Northwestern since...

Illinois volleyball looking to end losing streak against Iowa, Nebraska

Illinois' Naya Crittenden (9) spikes the ball during the match against Ohio State at Huff Hall on Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. Illinois lost 1-3.
October 14, 2015

The Illinois volleyball team’s schedule has been grueling thus far, and it doesn’t get much easier from here on out.The No. 13 Illini (11-6) will have a chance to end its four-game losing streak Friday...

Illinois volleyball coach Hambly wants more “emotional investment” from team

Jocelynn Birks spikes the ball during the game against Penn State at Huff Hall on Friday, October 9. Illinois lost 1-3.
October 13, 2015

Illinois volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly put together a video of missed opportunities on Monday.The video consisted of 75 moments throughout the weekend that Humbly thought his team should have scored...

Illinois volleyball team drops two matches at home

Illinois basketball players (top left) Khalid Lewis, (bottom left) Mike Latulip, (middle) Alex Austin, (second from right) Jaylon Tate and (right) Kendrick Nunn cheer on the women's volleyball team during their game against Penn State on Friday at Huff Hall.
October 11, 2015

On the precipice of being swept at home Friday night, the Illinois volleyball team (11-5) found its game, if only for a moment.Penn State (15-2) had its way for the majority of the match and looked to...

No. 9 Illini to face Maryland and Rutgers this weekend

Illinois' Brandi Donnelly (3) serves the ball during the game vs Louisville  at Huff Hall on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.  Illinois won 3-0.
September 23, 2015

Rutgers and Maryland are out for revenge.Illinois swept Maryland and Rutgers at Huff Hall in the opening two matches of conference play last season. Double-doubles from outside hitter Jocelynn Birks (15...

Illinois faced new challenges against Kentucky

Illinois' Michelle Strizak (4) bumps the ball during the game against Minnesota at Huff Hall, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The Illini won 3-0.
September 14, 2015

The No. 6 Illinois volleyball team (7-1) swept its weekend competition, but its biggest challenge came from No. 24 Kentucky (5-5).According to outside hitter Michelle Strizak, the Illini had to adjust...

Volleyball looks to carry momentum into Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge

Illinois' Michelle Strizak (4) attempts to spike the ball during the game versus Louisville at Huff Hall on Friday, August 28, 2015.The Illini won 3-0.
September 2, 2015

Fresh off finishing first among four schools in the Illini Classic this past weekend, the No. 6 Illinois volleyball team (3-0) will travel to University Park, Pa., to compete in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.The...

Illinois volleyball features two elite freshmen in starting lineup

Illinois' Ali Bastianelli (5) attempts to spike the ball during the game vs Louisville  at Huff Hall on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.  Illinois won 3-0.
September 1, 2015

The first time Illinois volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly met his starting setter Jordyn Poulter, she was 12 years old.Eight years later, she and fellow freshman middle blocker Ali Bastianelli find themselves...

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