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Illinois volleyball run at NCAA tournament begins with Wisconsin

Illinois' Katie Stadick (12) and Jocelynn Birks (7) attempt a block during the game against Rutgers at Huff Hall, on Saturday, Nov. 14th. The Illini won 3-0.
November 17, 2015

It’s hard for the Illinois volleyball team to not look ahead.The program has had lots of success in recent years under head coach Kevin Hambly, and NCAA tournament appearances are a common experience...

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...

New VERT jumping sensors help Illinois volleyball players get higher

October 27, 2015

Tweet: #Illini volleyball uses VERT technology to track vertical leap and jumps per practiceNot-so-breaking news: The Illinois volleyball team can jump high.Michelle Strizak hovers around 37 inches on...

Illinois seeks help of Viliunas, goes 1-1 on weekend

October 25, 2015

The No. 18 Illinois RBvolleyball team struggled to connect on passes early in both weekend matches, so head coach Kevin Hambly called upon a familiar face to help revitalize the team: Alexis Viliunas.The...

No. 18 Illini back on the road to face Indiana, No. 19 Purdue

Brandi Donnelly sets the ball during the game against Iowa at Huff Hall on Friday. Illinois won 3-0.
October 21, 2015

There’s no rest for weary volleyball players, especially not in the Big Ten.After a 3-0 loss to Nebraska Saturday, the No. 18 Illini (12-7)JT is looking to bounce back in their two matches slated for...

No. 13 Illinois volleyball returns to Huff Hall after five weeks on road

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Huff Hall
October 6, 2015

Five weeks on the road can take its toll.The No. 13 Illinois volleyball team (11-4)ss has strictly played away matches since the Big Ten/Pac 12 Challenge in University Park, Pennsylvania on Sept. 4-5.At...

No. 7 Illini volleyball commits 28 errors, falls to No. 19 Wisconsin in four sets

October 1, 2015

Redshirt junior Romana Kriskova transferred from Virginia Commonwealth to Wisconsin in 2013.Shortly after arriving in Madison, Wisconsin, Kriskova was hit by a car while riding her bicycle on campus —...

No. 6 Illini to face Texas Southern, UNLV, ASU this weekend

Illinois' Katie Stadick (12) and Jocelynn Birks (7) attempt to block Louisville's hit during the game vs Louisville  at Huff Hall on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.  Illinois won 3-0.
September 16, 2015

The No. 6 Illinois volleyball team (7-1) travels to Tempe, Arizona, this weekend to play in the Red Lyon Invitational. The Illini will face Texas Southern (2-6) on Friday at 12 p.m. before Saturday’s...

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...

Larry Schook made vice president for research

September 2, 2011

Dr. Larry Schook will be made the permanent vice president for research, pending approval from the Board of Trustees a the Sept. 9 meeting. According to an email from President Michael Hogan, Schook has...

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