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Illinois volleyball looks to rebound from mediocre 2015 season

Illinois volleyball looks to rebound from mediocre 2015 season

By James Boyd and Jacob Diaz, Staff writers

August 22, 2016


Filed under Special Sections, Sports, Volleyball, Welcome Back, Women's Sports

One thousand, nine hundred and seventy two kills and 5,656 attacks later, Jocelynn Birks’ career at the University is finally over. Birks finished her time in Champaign as Illinois’s all-time kills and attacks leader. Head coach Kevin Hambly and his team find themselves on the cusp of ushering in...

Illini volleyball ready to take on No. 2 Minnesota

Illini volleyball ready to take on No. 2 Minnesota

By Lucas Wright

December 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

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 and No. 15 Louisville in the second, the Illini will meet the top seed in their half of the bracket: the Minnes...

Illinois advances to Sweet Sixteen for third straight year

Illinois advances to Sweet Sixteen for third straight year

By Daniel Dexter

December 8, 2015


Filed under Sports

Tweet: #Illini volleyball advances to its third straight Sweet Sixteen behind strong performances from Stadick and PoulterWith its win on Saturday night, the Illinois volleyball team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament for the third straight year.Illinois is one of six Big Ten teams to adva...

Illinois moves onto the Sweet Sixteen after four-set victory over Louisville

Illinois moves onto the Sweet Sixteen after four-set victory over Louisville

By Daniel Dexter

December 6, 2015


Filed under Sports

After dropping the first set against Louisville in a hostile environment, Illinois volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly had a message for his team: Calm down.Frantic play has been a cause for concern for the Illini over the course of an up-and-down regular season. But in their second-round NCAA tournamen...

Illinois looks to turn season around in NCAA tournament

Illinois looks to turn season around in NCAA tournament

By Daniel Dexter

December 2, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly admits his team got lucky.When the NCAA tournament seeding was announced Sunday night, Illinois was placed in No. 15 Louisiville’s regional. The team will open the tournament against Southern Illinois, and will play the winner of the Louisville-Belmont mat...

Illini volleyballers nab several All-Conference awards

Illini volleyballers nab several All-Conference awards

By Lucas Wright

December 2, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illini volleyball team earned its third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and its sixth in seven years with head coach Kevin Hambly at the helm.Based on records, this year is one of Hambly’s weakest teams, entering the tournament with only 19 wins as opposed to 26 wins in 2014 and 32 in 2011MD....

Illini volleyball drops heartbreaking five-setter to Wisconsin

By Lucas Wright

November 19, 2015


Filed under Sports

Tweet: [email protected] falls in five sets to No. 10 BadgersAnother 50-50 game, another loss for the Illinois volleyball team.The No. 18 Illini (18-10, 9-8 Big Ten) fell in five sets to the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers (21-6, 13-4) Wednesday night in Huff Hall.Head coach Kevin Hambly’s squad had c...

Illinois volleyball run at NCAA tournament begins with Wisconsin

Illinois volleyball run at NCAA tournament begins with Wisconsin

By Lucas Wright

November 18, 2015


Filed under Sports

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 volleyball decimates Rutgers in three sets.

By Daniel Dexter

November 15, 2015


Filed under Sports

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...

Illinois volleyball looks for redemption at Ohio State

By Lucas Wright

November 11, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois volleyball team goes on the road to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State Wednesday. However, the Illini are bringing some extra commendations with them.Aside from riding a four-game winning streak into the Ohio State matchup, which is the team’s second-longest of the season, senior J...

Poulter regains starting setter position

Poulter regains starting setter position

By Daniel Dexter

November 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois freshman Jordyn PoulterCC returned to the starting setter position Saturday after she was replaced a week earlier by senior Alexis ViliunasCC.Poulter was put into the match against Northwestern on Wednesday. When she came in, the Illini were down 23-20 in the third set. The team would go on to lose the set ...

New VERT jumping sensors help Illinois volleyball players get higher

By Eli Schwadron

October 27, 2015


Filed under Sports

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...

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