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Illinois volleyball fell short of championship expectations

May 8, 2016

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...

Former volleyball player Viliunas brings energy to women’s hoops

Illinois' Alexis Viliunas bodying Northwestern's Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah during the game against Illinois at the State Farm Center on February 4. The Illini lost 69-59.
February 29, 2016

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...

IIAA brings together kids and volleyball at the ARC

Two teams face off in the IIAA's volleyball tournament at the ARC on Saturday, Dec. 12. Photo courtesy of Tom Corr, IIAA
December 17, 2015

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...

Illinois swept by Minnesota in Sweet 16

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...

Illini volleyball ready to take on No. 2 Minnesota

Head coach Kevin Humbly talks to his team during the game against Iowa at Huff Hall on Friday, Oct. 16. Illinois won 3-0.
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...

Illinois advances to Sweet Sixteen for third straight year

Katie Stadick spikes the ball during the game against Iowa at Huff Hall on Friday, Oct. 16. Illinois won 3-0.
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...

Illinois moves onto the Sweet Sixteen after four-set victory over Louisville

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

Illinois looks to turn season around in NCAA tournament

Illinois' Jordyn Poulter sets the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Nov. 7, 2015. Poulter is this week's Illini of the Week.
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...

Illini volleyballers nab several All-Conference awards

Illinois' Jocelynn Birks (7) attempts to spike the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Illinois won 3-1.
December 2, 2015

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...

Illinois volleyball to begin NCAA Tournament against Southern Illinois

December 1, 2015

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...

Illinois volleyball to begin NCAA Tournament against Southern Illinois

November 30, 2015

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...

Illini volleyball drops heartbreaking five-setter to Wisconsin

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...

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