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Viliunas earns starting setter role for Illini volleyball

Viliunas earns starting setter role for Illini volleyball

By Daniel Dexter

November 2, 2015

Tweet: #illini volleyball gets strong performances from Vilunas and Bastianelli in team’s weekend wins.After being subbed in early in both of last week’s matches, senior Alexis Viliunas was given the starting setter role in Illinois volleyball’s two weekend wins.Viliunas recorded respective assist tot...

Illinois goes 2-0 over the weekend against Michigan’s Big Ten teams

Illinois goes 2-0 over the weekend against Michigan’s Big Ten teams

By Daniel Dexter

November 1, 2015

This weekend, the No. 21 Illinois volleyball team accomplished a feat it hasn’t done since Sept. 26: win two consecutive matches.The Illini (15-8) returned to Huff Hall this weekend to take on Michigan State (14-9) and Michigan (16-7) on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The team found the consisten...

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 seeks help of Viliunas, goes 1-1 on weekend

By Daniel Dexter

October 25, 2015

The No. 18 Illinois RBvolleyball team struggled to connect on passes early in both weekend matches, so head coach Kevin Hambly called upon a familiar face to help revitalize the team: Alexis Viliunas.The senior setter started the weekend road matches against Indiana and No. 19 Purdue RBon the sideline, a spot...

No. 18 Illini back on the road to face Indiana, No. 19 Purdue

No. 18 Illini back on the road to face Indiana, No. 19 Purdue

By Eli Schwadron

October 21, 2015

There’s no rest for weary volleyball players, especially not in the Big Ten.After a 3-0 loss to Nebraska Saturday, the No. 18 Illini (12-7)JT is looking to bounce back in their two matches slated for this weekend. Friday night, Illinois faces Indiana (12-8)JT before traveling to No. 19 Purdue (15-4)JT for a no...

Oregon transfer Naya Crittenden settling into increased role for Illini volleyball

Oregon transfer Naya Crittenden settling into increased role for Illini volleyball

By Eli Schwadron

October 20, 2015

Naya Crittenden hadn’t played a single set of volleyball until her sophomore year at Peter Johansen High School in Modesto, California.Crittenden was a track star whose athleticism carried over naturally when she made the switch to volleyball. Four years later, the junior opposite hitter is now a key player o...

Illinois volleyball looking to end losing streak against Iowa, Nebraska

Illinois volleyball looking to end losing streak against Iowa, Nebraska

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 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 volleyball team drops two matches at home

Illinois volleyball team drops two matches at home

By Daniel Dexter

October 11, 2015

On the precipice of being swept at home Friday night, the Illinois volleyball team (11-5) found its game, if only for a moment.Penn State (15-2) had its way for the majority of the match and looked to put the No. 13 Illini away in the third. But with match point at 24-21, outside hitter Jocelynn Birks...

No. 13 Illinois volleyball returns home to face defending champs

No. 13 Illinois volleyball returns home to face defending champs

By Eli Schwadron

October 7, 2015

The No. 13 Illinois volleyball team will be “fired up” to play at Huff Hall for the first time since August, according to head coach Kevin Hambly.Illinois (11-4) takes on No. 3 Penn State (14-1) — a team the Illini defeated on the road in 2014 — on Friday at 7 p.m. After facing the defendin...

No. 13 Illinois volleyball returns to Huff Hall after five weeks on road

No. 13 Illinois volleyball returns to Huff Hall after five weeks on road

By Eli Schwadron

October 6, 2015

Five weeks on the road can take its toll.The No. 13 Illinois volleyball team (11-4)ss has strictly played away matches since the Big Ten/Pac 12 Challenge in University Park, Pennsylvania on Sept. 4-5.At the start of the season, head coach Kevin Hamblyss was adamant that the amount of travel makes no d...

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