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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.

By Eli Schwadron

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 when she made the switch to volleyball. Four years later, the junior opposite hitter is now a key player o...

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.

By Daniel Dexter

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 points on. His message was that he wanted greater emotional investment from everybody.“The margins are too thin to miss...

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

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Huff Hall

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...