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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.

By Lucas Wright

November 18, 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 for the Illini.Yet, this year Illinois is situated firmly on the bubble with four regular season matc...

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.

By Daniel Dexter

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 (18-9, 9-7)JT dismantled the struggling Scarlet Knights (4-24, 1-15)JT in three sets. Illino...

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.

By Eli Schwadron

November 5, 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 as a surprise. She’s a black belt in Karate.The Marysville, Michigan native participated in martial arts fo...

New VERT jumping sensors help Illinois volleyball players get higher

By Eli Schwadron

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 her vertical leap. On her best days, she can reach 40 inches – or 3 1/3 feet off the ground. Teammate...

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

By Daniel Dexter

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 senior setter started the weekend road matches against Indiana and No. 19 Purdue RBon the sideline, a spot...

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.

By Eli Schwadron

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 this weekend. Friday night, Illinois faces Indiana (12-8)JT before traveling to No. 19 Purdue (15-4)JT for a no...

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

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By Eli Schwadron

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 the start of the season, head coach Kevin Hamblyss was adamant that the amount of travel makes no d...

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

By Eli Schwadron

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 — the injury required surgery and she missed most of the 2014 season. This year, the 6-foot-2 Slovakia...

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.

By Eli Schwadron

September 17, 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 double-header against UNLV (6-3) and Arizona State (8-0) at noon and 9 p.m., respectively.In last weeke...

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.

By Daniel Dexter

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 to the tough blocking presence that the Wildcats presented. Kentucky scored off 13 blocks — si...

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 been serving as interim vice president since March 2011. He was chosen by a search committee led...