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Oregon transfer Naya Crittenden settling into increased role for Illini volleyball

(right) Naya Crittenden stuffs an Iowa attack during Illinois' 3-0 win at Huff Hall on Friday.

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 team drops two matches at home

Illinois basketball players (top left) Khalid Lewis, (bottom left) Mike Latulip, (middle) Alex Austin, (second from right) Jaylon Tate and (right) Kendrick Nunn cheer on the women's volleyball team during their game against Penn State on Friday at Huff Hall.

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

Illinois' Jocelynn Birks (7) spikes the ball during the game versus Louisville at Huff Hall on Friday, August 28, 2015.The Illini won 3-0.

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...

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...

McDermott sisters enjoy last season together

Illinois’ Callan McDermott swims during the Annual Orange and Blue Meet at the ARC on Oct. 3. Callan, a senior, is enjoying her last season swimming with her younger sister, Sloane.

By Daniel Collins

January 27, 2015

Callan McDermott is accustomed to sprinting toward the finish line. However, in her senior season on the Illinois swimming and diving team, she will go through the year at the slowest pace possible, trying to enjoy as many moments as possible with her sister and teammate, junior Sloane McDermott. It al...