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Illini volleyball ready to take on No. 2 Minnesota

Head coach Kevin Humbly talks to his team during the game against Iowa at Huff Hall on Friday, Oct. 16. Illinois won 3-0.

By Lucas Wright

December 9, 2015

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

Katie Stadick spikes the ball during the game against Iowa at Huff Hall on Friday, Oct. 16. Illinois won 3-0.

By Daniel Dexter

December 8, 2015

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...

Illini volleyball drops heartbreaking five-setter to Wisconsin

By Lucas Wright

November 19, 2015

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' Katie Stadick (12) and Jocelynn Birks (7) attempt a block during the game against Rutgers at Huff Hall, on Saturday, Nov. 14th. The Illini won 3-0.

By Lucas Wright

November 18, 2015

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' Ali Bastianelli (5) attempts to spike the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Illinois won 3-1.

By Daniel Dexter

November 15, 2015

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...

Poulter regains starting setter position

Jordyn Poulter sets the ball during a game against Iowa at Huff Hall. Poulter is this week's Illini of the Week.

By Daniel Dexter

November 9, 2015

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

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 looking to end losing streak against Iowa, Nebraska

Illinois' Naya Crittenden (9) spikes the ball during the match against Ohio State at Huff Hall on Saturday, Oct 10, 2015. Illinois lost 1-3.

By Daniel Dexter

October 14, 2015

The Illinois volleyball team’s schedule has been grueling thus far, and it doesn’t get much easier from here on out.The No. 13 Illini (11-6) will have a chance to end its four-game losing streak Friday against lowly Iowa (10-9), winless in six matches against Big Ten teams. It will be the first non-ra...

Illinois taken down in five set thriller against Minnesota

Brenton Tse/Illinois Athletics Communication

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 face tough road test at No. 19 Wisconsin

Illinois' head coach Kevin Hambly talks to Morganne Criswell (1) during the game against Rutgers at George Huff Hall, on Saturday, Sept. 27th. The Illini won 3-0.

By Eli Schwadron

September 30, 2015

The No. 7 Illinois volleyball team’s wins against Maryland (10-6) and Rutgers (3-11) over the weekend were near-mirror images of last season’s opening two Big Ten matches. Like last year, the Illini (11-2) began conference play with 3-0 sweeps of the Terps and the Scarlet Knights, led by stellar...

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

Illinois' Katie Stadick (12) attempts to block a spike during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The Illini won 3 of 4 sets.

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 ...

Illinois volleyball starts Big Ten play undefeated

Illinois' Michelle Strizak (4) attempts to spike the ball during the game versus Miami at Huff Hall on Saturday, August 29, 2015.The Illini won 3-0.

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...

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