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New VERT jumping sensors help Illinois volleyball players get higher

By Eli Schwadron

October 27, 2015

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...

Illinois volleyball starts Big Ten play undefeated

Illinois volleyball starts Big Ten play undefeated

By Daniel Dexter

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 on Maryland (10-6) and Rutgers (3-11) on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The team was able to fin...

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...

Illini of the Week Oct. 15: Jocelynn Birks

Illini of the Week Oct. 15: Jocelynn Birks

October 15, 2014

A visiting team winning at Rec Hall, the home court of the Penn State volleyball team, is a rare occurrence. Coming into last Saturday’s match against Illinois, the Nittany Lions had won 44 of their last 45 at home, and 94 of the last 96. There must have been a blue moon in the sky on Saturday as th...