Illinois Will Face 13 NCAA Tournament Teams in 2018

  0 volleymob | July 16th, 2018 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News, Women's NCAA Schedules

Courtesy: Illinois Athletics

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Second-year head coach Chris Tamas and the Illinois volleyball team announced its 2018 schedule on Monday (July 16), featuring 31 matches, including 13 matches at Huff Hall plus the Orange and Blue Scrimmage. This coming season the Illini will face off against 13 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, including six Sweet 16 teams, two Final Four foes and two matches against 2017 National Champion Nebraska.

The 2018 season will be one to keep an eye on as Tamas and the Illini will look to build on their NCAA Sweet 16 appearance from a season ago, returning 12 members from the 2017 squad, while welcoming in newcomers Diana Brown and Taylor Kuper.

Season tickets are now on sale to the general public. Season ticket packages include a ticket to all 13 home matches (plus the Orange & Blue Scrimmage) and start as low as $40. Fans can also purchase the Volleyball/Women’s Basketball Season Ticket Combo Package for just $55. This package includes a general admission ticket to all Volleyball and Women’s Basketball home games. Single match tickets will go on sale on August 8. For more information and to purchase season tickets click HERE.

All games and times are subject to change. All times are central standard time


  • 31 total matches
  • 13 matches at Huff Hall + Orange & Blue Scrimmage
  • 13 away matches, five neutral-site matches
  • Four non-conference tournaments
  • B1G/Pac-12 Challenge note: Illinois entering new four-year rotation with Iowa, Washington and Colorado.
  • Ranked in the final AVCA poll: 14 matches vs. 10 teams, 1 match vs. RV
  • RPI Top 50: 18 matches vs. 14 teams
  • 2017 Conference Champions/Tournament Champions: 6 (Colorado State, Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Creighton, Penn State, Nebraska)
  • NCAA Tournament:
    • Qualifiers: 13 (Colorado State, Colorado, Washington, Cleveland State, UNI, Creighton, Purdue, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Minnesota)
    • NCAA Second Round: 11 (Colorado State, Colorado, Washington, UNI, Creighton, Purdue, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Nebraska, Minnesota)
    • Sweet 16: 6 (Colorado, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Nebraska, Minnesota)
    • Elite Eight: 3 (Nebraska, Penn State, Michigan State)
    • Final Four: 2 (Nebraska, Penn State)
    • National Champion: Nebraska (Home: Sept. 29 // Away: Oct. 27)
  •  Season opener: August 24 vs. UNCW in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Home opener: September 14 vs. Northern Iowa
  • B1G opener: September 21 at Purdue
  • B1G home opener: September 28 vs. Iowa
  • NCAA Tournament First & Second Rounds: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at campus sites
  • NCAA Tournament Regionals: Dec. 7-8 at campus sites
  • NCAA Tournament Semifinals & Championship: Dec. 13 & 15 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

2018 Illinois Schedule

Colorado State Tournament (Fort Collins, Colorado)
Aug. 24 vs. UNCW
Aug. 24 at Colorado State
Aug. 25 vs. Northern Colorado

B1G/Pac12 Challenge (Seattle, Washington)
Aug. 31 vs. Colorado
Sept. 1 at Washington

CSU Invitational II (Cleveland, Ohio)
Sept. 7 vs. Bowling Green
Sept. 7 at Cleveland State
Sept. 8 vs. UC Irvine

Illini Classic
Sept. 14 vs. UNI
Sept. 15 vs. Lipscomb
Sept. 15 vs. Creighton

Sept. 21 at Purdue
Sept. 23 at Indiana
Sept. 28 vs. Iowa
Sept .29 vs. Nebraska
Oct. 3 vs. Wisconsin
Oct. 6 vs. Northwestern
Oct. 12 at Minnesota
Oct. 13 at Wisconsin
Oct. 19 vs. Michigan
Oct. 20 vs. Michigan State
Oct. 24 vs. Maryland
Oct. 27 at Nebraska
Nov. 2 at Ohio State
Nov. 4 at Maryland
Nov. 9 vs. Rutgers
Nov. 10 vs. Penn State
Nov. 14 at Northwestern
Nov. 17 at Rutgers
Nov. 21 at Michigan State
Nov. 24 vs. Purdue

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