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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


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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


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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 team drops two matches at home

Illinois volleyball team drops two matches at home

By Daniel Dexter

October 11, 2015


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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...

Illinois taken down in five set thriller against Minnesota

Illinois taken down in five set thriller against Minnesota

By Daniel Dexter

October 4, 2015


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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 starts Big Ten play undefeated

Illinois volleyball starts Big Ten play undefeated

By Daniel Dexter

September 27, 2015


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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’ ...

No. 6 Illini to face Texas Southern, UNLV, ASU this weekend

No. 6 Illini to face Texas Southern, UNLV, ASU this weekend

By Eli Schwadron

September 17, 2015


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The No. 6 Illinois volleyball team (7-1) travels to Tempe, Arizona, this weekend to play in the Red Lyon Invitational. The Illini will face Texas Southern (2-6) on Friday at 12 p.m. before Saturday’s double-header against UNLV (6-3) and Arizona State (8-0) at noon and 9 p.m., respectively.In last weeke...

Illinois faced new challenges against Kentucky

Illinois faced new challenges against Kentucky

By Daniel Dexter

September 14, 2015


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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


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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...

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


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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...

Illini complete clean sweep in Stuff Huff match

By Eli Schwadron

August 29, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois volleyball team (1-0) started slow in its season opener against Louisville (0-1) on Friday night. But as the match wore on, the No. 8 Illini gained momentum offensively and edged the Cardinals 27-25, 25-23 and 26-24 for a clean sweep in front of a crowd of 3,344 at Huff Hall. Head coach ...

Stuff Huff set for Friday for Illini volleyball

Stuff Huff set for Friday for Illini volleyball

By Eli Schwadron

August 25, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois volleyball team kicks off its 2015 campaign Friday night with the 10th annual Stuff Huff matchup against Louisville. The 7 p.m. match is the opening match of the weekend long Illini Classic, which will also feature Miami (OH) and Creighton. Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly has yet to set a starting li...

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