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Illinois swept by Minnesota in Sweet 16

By Daniel Dexter

December 12, 2015

A Minnesota kill in the third set put an end to a tumultuous season for the Illinois volleyball team.The Illini entered Friday's Sweet 16 match in Des Moines, Iowa, against Big Ten champion Minnesota looking to accomplish a feat they failed to accomplish the past two seasons: advance past the Sw...

Illini volleyball ready to take on No. 2 Minnesota

Illini volleyball ready to take on No. 2 Minnesota

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

Illinois advances to Sweet Sixteen for third straight year

By Daniel Dexter

December 7, 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...

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

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

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 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 volleyball run at NCAA tournament begins with Wisconsin

By Lucas Wright

November 17, 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 volleyball decimates Rutgers in three sets.

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...

Illinois volleyball looks for redemption at Ohio State

By Lucas Wright

November 10, 2015

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

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 ...

Illini volleyball freshman Ali Bastianelli used to fighting for what she wants

Illini volleyball freshman Ali Bastianelli used to fighting for what she wants

By Eli Schwadron

November 4, 2015

Freshman Ali Bastianelli is a 6-foot-3, tough-as-nails middle blocker who leads the Illinois volleyball team with 98 blocks on the season.The source of Bastianelli’s toughness behind the net may come as a surprise. She’s a black belt in Karate.The Marysville, Michigan native participated in martial arts fo...

Illinois volleyball looks to capture first road win against Northwestern since 2012

By Eli Schwadron

November 4, 2015

Tweet: No. 18-ranked #Illini volleyball looks to keep win streak alive at Northwestern on Wednesday night.By Eli SchwadronStaff writerIllinois volleyball hasn’t won on the road against Northwestern since 2012. No. 18 Illinois is looking to change that Wednesday night in Evanston.The Illini (15-8) fa...

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