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

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

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...

Illinois volleyball team drops two matches at home

Illinois volleyball team drops two matches at home

By Daniel Dexter

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 put the No. 13 Illini away in the third. But with match point at 24-21, outside hitter Jocelynn Birks...

No. 13 Illinois volleyball returns home to face defending champs

No. 13 Illinois volleyball returns home to face defending champs

By Eli Schwadron

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) — a team the Illini defeated on the road in 2014 — on Friday at 7 p.m. After facing the defendin...

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

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

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...

Illinois taken down in five set thriller against Minnesota

Illinois taken down in five set thriller against Minnesota

By Daniel Dexter

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 earlier.RB But Illinois failed to rise to the occasion against No. 16 Minnesota (11-3)RB and was sent home with its second l...

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. 9 Illini to face Maryland and Rutgers this weekend

No. 9 Illini to face Maryland and Rutgers this weekend

By Eli Schwadron

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 kills, 10 digs, .444 hitting percentage) and setter Alexis Viliunas (14 assists. 10 digs) spearhe...

Illini volleyball enters Big Ten play with strong core in place

Illini volleyball enters Big Ten play with strong core in place

By Eli Schwadron

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 is the second highest-ranked Big Ten team behind the defending champs, No. 1 Penn State (11-0). The s...

No. 7 Illini prepare for Shocker Classic

No. 7 Illini prepare for Shocker Classic

By Eli Schwadron

September 9, 2015

The No. 7 Illinois volleyball team (4-1) travels to Wichita, Kansas this weekend to play in the Shocker Volleyball Classic. The Illini will face No. 21 Kentucky (4-3) Friday at 1 p.m. before Saturday’s double-header against South Dakota State (1-8) and Wichita State (4-3) at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., res...

Illini faces top non-conference competition at Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge

Illini faces top non-conference competition at Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge

By Daniel Dexter

September 8, 2015

Three weeks before conference play, the Illinois volleyball team (4-1) has already played two top-25 teams: No. 3 Stanford (3-1) and No. 23 Colorado (2-3).As a part of the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge, the Illini traveled to University Park, Pa., to participate in the tournament alongside Big Ten rival No. 1 Penn...

Illinois finishes Illini Classic with two more sweeps

By Daniel Dexter

August 30, 2015

The Illinois volleyball team finished the Illini Classic with sweeps of Miami (Ohio) and Creighton on Saturday, finishing their opening weekend 3-0.After struggling in early sets against Louisville on Friday, the Illini started the day off with a dominant victory over the Redhawk...

Illini complete clean sweep in Stuff Huff match

By Eli Schwadron

August 29, 2015

The Illinois volleyball team (1-0) started slow in its season opener against Louisville (0-1) on Friday night. But as the match wore on, the No. 8 Illini gained momentum offensively and edged the Cardinals 27-25, 25-23 and 26-24 for a clean sweep in front of a crowd of 3,344 at Huff Hall. Head coach ...

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