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Illini volleyball ready to take on No. 2 Minnesota

Head coach Kevin Humbly talks to his team during the game against Iowa at Huff Hall on Friday, Oct. 16. Illinois won 3-0.
December 9, 2015

The inevitable has finally come for the Illinois volleyball team — it has to face a Big Ten powerhouse in the NCAA Tournament.Following the team’s wins over Southern Illinois in the first round...

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...

Oregon transfer Naya Crittenden settling into increased role for Illini volleyball

(right) Naya Crittenden stuffs an Iowa attack during Illinois' 3-0 win at Huff Hall on Friday.
October 20, 2015

Naya Crittenden hadn’t played a single set of volleyball until her sophomore year at Peter Johansen High School in Modesto, California.Crittenden was a track star whose athleticism carried over naturally...

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 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. 13 Illinois volleyball returns home to face defending champs

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

The No. 13 Illinois volleyball team will be “fired up” to play at Huff Hall for the first time since August, according to head coach Kevin Hambly.Illinois (11-4) takes on No. 3 Penn State (14-1) —...

Illinois taken down in five set thriller against Minnesota

Brenton Tse/Illinois Athletics Communication
October 4, 2015

The Illinois volleyball team (11-4) is officially on its first losing streak of the season.RBThe No. 7 IlliniRB entered Minneapolis looking to rebound after being upset by No. 19 Wisconsin just three days...

Illinois volleyball starts Big Ten play undefeated

Illinois' Michelle Strizak (4) attempts to spike the ball during the game versus Miami at Huff Hall on Saturday, August 29, 2015.The Illini won 3-0.
September 27, 2015

The No. 9 Illinois volleyball team (11-2) started off Big Ten play with two convincing sweeps of conference foes, Maryland and Rutgers.Illinois went on the road for a fourth-consecutive weekend to take...

Illini volleyball enters Big Ten play with strong core in place

Illinois' Jocelynn Birks (7) attempts to spike the ball during the game versus Louisville at Huff Hall on Friday, August 28, 2015.The Illini won 3-0.
September 22, 2015

After going 2-1 over the weekend, the Illinois volleyball team (9-2) kicks off conference play at Maryland (10-4) on Friday and at Rutgers (3-9) on Saturday. Head coach Kevin Hambly’s No. 9-ranked squad...

Illinois volleyball cruise to a sweep of Texas Southern in Sun Devil Invitational

Illinois' Ali Stark (13) spikes the ball during the game vs Louisville  at Huff Hall on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.  Illinois won 3-0.
September 21, 2015

The No. 6 Illinois volleyball team opened the Sun Devil invitational on Friday with a masterful sweep of Texas Southern (25-13, 25-7, 25-11).The Illini (9-2) defense stifled the Tigers’ (2-9) offense,...

Illinois drops second match of season, goes 2-1 on weekend

Illinois' head coach Kevin Hambly during the game vs Louisville  at Huff Hall on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.  Illinois won 3-0.
September 20, 2015

If volleyball matches ended after one set, the No. 6 Illinois volleyball team (9-2) would be undefeated.Unfortunately for the Illini, No. 10 Arizona State (11-0) overcame an early deficit Saturday night...

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...

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