Illinois’ Brandi Donnelly completed a full warmup with the team prior to the start of the Nebraska match, her first reappearance on the court following her October 6 knee injury. Donnelly has been rehabilitating her knee ever since the injury occurred, according to The Daily Illini.
Despite participating in warmups in the Illini’s loss to Nebraska, Donnelly did not see any court time during the match, still needing time to feel comfortable enough to rejoin the action.
Donnelly injured her knee in the second set of the Illini’s three-set loss to Purdue and has not seen the court since. Her replacements came in sophomore Annika Gereau, freshman Morgan O’Brien and sophomore Caroline Welsh.
In her career with Illinois, Donnelly has made a name for herself, currently sitting in third place in program history for career digs with 1,827. The lone senior on the Illini squad has posted 223 digs so far this season and is just 94 digs away from taking over Ashley Edinger’s 1,921 digs. The overall record holder for career digs is Jennifer Beltran with 2,220.
Illinois has a tough slate this week as they will head to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota along with a home match against the #1 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.