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Illinois volleyball fell short of championship expectations

May 8, 2016


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illinois volleyball team came into the 2015 season with championship expectations but fell short in the Sweet Sixteen. Head coach Kevin Hambly’s squad finished the season with a 21-13 overall record but a 10-10 Big Ten record that resulted in a seventh-place regular season finish in conference p...

Former volleyball player Viliunas brings energy to women’s hoops

Former volleyball player Viliunas brings energy to women’s hoops

By Daniel Dexter

February 29, 2016


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Tweet: Former #illini volleyball player Alexis Viliunas added energy and excitement in her first and only season on the Illinois women’s basketball teamCheck out Brian Heidegger's Radio Story on Alexis Viliunas here.Thunderous applause typically accompanied the entrance of senior Alexis Viliu...

IIAA brings together kids and volleyball at the ARC

IIAA brings together kids and volleyball at the ARC

By James Boyd

December 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

Play to win. Have fun. Be a good person. Hold yourself accountable.Those were the four rules that Tom Corr, executive director of the Illinois Inter-Agency Athletic Association, said to each youth volleyball team before they faced off at the Activities and Recreation Center on Saturday.Normally, the...

Illinois swept by Minnesota in Sweet 16

By Daniel Dexter

December 12, 2015


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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


Filed under Sports

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 8, 2015


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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 volleyballers nab several All-Conference awards

Illini volleyballers nab several All-Conference awards

By Lucas Wright

December 2, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illini volleyball team earned its third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and its sixth in seven years with head coach Kevin Hambly at the helm.Based on records, this year is one of Hambly’s weakest teams, entering the tournament with only 19 wins as opposed to 26 wins in 2014 and 32 in 2011MD....

Illinois volleyball to begin NCAA Tournament against Southern Illinois

By Daniel Collins

December 1, 2015


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Southern Illinois stands as the Illini volleyball teams first task in the 2015 NCAA Tournament on Friday. The Illini hold an 18-12 edge against the Salukis all-time. The two faced each other last season at the Illini Classic — Illinois prevailed 3-0.This is Illinois’ 23rd trip to the tournament in progra...

Illinois volleyball to begin NCAA Tournament against Southern Illinois

By Daniel Collins

December 1, 2015


Filed under Sports

Southern Illinois stands as the Illini volleyball team’s first task in the 2015 NCAA Tournament on FridaySO. The Illini hold an 18-12 edge against the Salukis all-timeSO. The two faced each other last season at the Illini Classic — Illinois prevailed 3-0.SOThis is Illinois’ 23rd trip to the tournament in program history, a...

Illini volleyball drops heartbreaking five-setter to Wisconsin

By Lucas Wright

November 19, 2015


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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...

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