Illinois Stays Perfect; Creighton, UNI also win at Illini Classic

  0 Wendy Mayer | September 14th, 2018 | Big East, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, Missouri Valley Conference, News

Illini Classic

  • Champaign, Illinois
  • Sept. 14-15, 2018

The No. 6 Fighting Illini opened their home season with a sweep of Northern Iowa to stay perfect at 9-0. Meanwhile, the Panthers and Creighton each topped Lipscomb in sweeps to round out Day 1 of the tournament.

Northern Iowa def. Lipscomb 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-16)


  • The Panthers outhit the Bisons .385 to .202, including a .517 effort in Set 3.
  • UNI led the way in kills (47-36), aces (5-2) and blocks (6-2) as well.
  • Karlie Taylor and Piper Thomas paced UNI with 14 kills apiece. Thomas also notched a team-best five blocks, while hitting .520.
  • Carlyle Nusbaum was tops among the Bisons with a 13-kill, 11-dig double-double.
  • The Panthers closed out the sweep on a service ace by Rachel Koop.

Illinois def. Northern Iowa 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 25-21)


  • Illinois outdid UNI at the net in kills (46-28), blocks (6-4) and hitting efficiency (.287 to .116). The Fighting Illini also served up six aces, while allowing just two.
  • Illinois started the match with a .429 hitting effort in Set 1.
  • UNI did not hit above .156 the entire night, hitting at low as .073 in Set 2.
  • Jacqueline Quade led the Illini with 15 kills, eight digs and two blocks, while hitting .333. Megan Cooney added 10 kills at a .400 clip (10-2-20). Ali Bastianelli added four blocks, six kills and three aces.
  • Jordyn Poulter notched 39 assists for Illinois, putting her over 4,000 for her career, making her just the fourth Illini player ever to reach the milestone.
  • Karlie Taylor was the lone Panther to reach double-digit kills, turning in 11 to go with six digs and an ace. Jaydlin Seehase was next on the team with eight putaways.
  • UNI boasted an 8-2 lead in Set 3 and boasted a two-point edge at 18-16 before Illinois turned things around to finish off the sweep with a 9-3 run. Quade notched three kills and the Illini had help from four Panther miscues down the stretch.

Creighton def. Lipscomb 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-23)


  • Creighton held the advantage in every statistical category: kills (43-39), hitting efficiency (.230 to .158), aces (3-2) and blocks (8-6).
  • Lipscomb led by as many as six in Set 3 (16-10), before succumbing to the Bluejays. Creighton tied it up at 18 en route to a 24-20 advantage. The Bisons staved off three match-point tries before a Naomi Hickman kill ended the night at 25-23.
  • Jaali Winters and Madelyn Cole each posted double-doubles for Creighton. Winters notched 12 kills and 12 digs, while Cole added 38 assists and 13 digs.
  • Megan Ballenger was second on the team with 11 kills, just behind Winters, while hitting at a team-best .579 clip (11-0-19).
  • Creighton rookie Annika Welty made her first collegiate start and posted six kills, five digs, three blocks and an ace while hitting at a .429 clip (6-0-14).
  • Megan Kuper carried the load for Lipscomb with an 11-kill, 10-dig double-double, the first of her career. Ca’Layci Coffey added nine kills and two blocks, while Maddie Phillips chipped in eight putaways and two stuffs.
  • Lipscomb star Carlyle Nusbaum pulled up 10 digs, but notched just four putaways, while hitting a -.097 clip (4-7-31).


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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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