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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 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...

Illinois volleyball’s strong defense led it to wins over lowly Maryland and Rutgers

Illinois volleyball’s strong defense led it to wins over lowly Maryland and Rutgers

By Daniel Dexter

September 29, 2015

The Illinois volleyball team (11-2) put forth two strong defensive performances in its weekend sweeps of Maryland (10-6) and Rutgers (3-10).The team out-blocked its opponents by a significant margin, recording 11 and nine blocks against Maryland and Rutgers, respectively. Middle blocker Katie Stadick ...

No. 9 Illini to face Maryland and Rutgers this weekend

No. 9 Illini to face Maryland and Rutgers this weekend

By Eli Schwadron

September 24, 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...

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

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

By Daniel Dexter

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, limiting them to a negative hitting percentage throughout the match. On the other end, Illinois’ ...

Illinois faced new challenges against Kentucky

Illinois faced new challenges against Kentucky

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...

No. 7 Illini prepare for Shocker Classic

No. 7 Illini prepare for Shocker Classic

By Eli Schwadron

September 10, 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...

Volleyball looks to carry momentum into Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge

Volleyball looks to carry momentum into Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge

By Eli Schwadron

September 3, 2015

Fresh off finishing first among four schools in the Illini Classic this past weekend, the No. 6 Illinois volleyball team (3-0) will travel to University Park, Pa., to compete in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.The Illini’s first test is No. 2 Stanford on Friday. Then, head coach Kevin Hambly’s squad w...

Illinois volleyball features two elite freshmen in starting lineup

Illinois volleyball features two elite freshmen in starting lineup

By Daniel Dexter

September 1, 2015

The first time Illinois volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly met his starting setter Jordyn Poulter, she was 12 years old.Eight years later, she and fellow freshman middle blocker Ali Bastianelli find themselves in the starting lineup for the No. 6 volleyball team in the country.Their impact, both positive and ...

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...

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