- (RV) Illinois def. Indiana, 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-15)
- Illinois improves to 10-2; Indiana drops to 11-2
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Attedance: 603
- Box score
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana natives Jacqueline Quade (Fort Wayne, IN) and Beth Prince (Avon, IN) led the Fighting Illini to a straight-set victory over the Indiana Hoosiers in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams. Quade led all attackers with 13 kills. Beth Prince added 12 kills to the attack while also posting a career high 7 blocks on the night. Ali Bastianelli, currently leading the nation in blocks per set, added 5 more blocks and 10 kills (hitting .615) to round out the double-digit attackers for the Illini. Jordyn Poulter led the efficient (.365) offense with 38 assists. Brandi Donnelly had a match-high 11 digs to lead all defenders.
For the Crimson and Cream, Kendall Beerman had 12 kills and 7 digs. Kamryn Malloy also added double-digit kills with 11 while hitting .333 for the Hoosiers.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Illinois volleyball team made quick work of Indiana en route to a straight-sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-15) win in its Big Ten Conference opener on Wednesday (September 20) night at University Gym.
The win marks the fifth-straight conference opening victory for the Illini (10-2), both in overall matches and in road contests.
A pair of Indiana natives – sophomore Jacqueline Quadeand redshirt-sophomore Beth Prince – propelled the Illini to victory, with Quade totaling a match-high 13 kills, while Prince turned in 12 kills as well as a match and career-high seven stuffs on the night. Junior Ali Bastianelli joined the duo in double figures with 10 kills on a .615 hitting percentage and five blocks.
In a tightly contested opening match that saw 14 ties and seven lead changes, neither team grabbed more than a point advantage until the Hoosiers (11-2) used a 5-0 run to take 10-7 lead. The Illini responded with four-straight points, including a pair of Bastianelli kills, to take back the edge at 14-13. From there the two teams sided out until the Illini took advantage of back-to-back IU errors to break a 23-23 tie for the 25-23 set one win.
A string of four-straight points – including three on the serve of Bastianelli – gave the Illini an early 7-4 edge in the second set. IU closed within two at 11-9, but an 8-3 run, capped by a Quade and junior Blayke Hranicka block, pushed the advantage to 19-12. Back-to-back blocks from Bastianelli and Prince then set up set point at 24-15, before a service ace from sophomore Annika Gereau gave UI the 25-17 win and a 2-0 lead in the match.
It was all Illini in the third as a 7-2 run early in the period gave the Illini an 11-6 lead that they were not relinquish. Back-to-back Hoosier points cut the edge to three, but it would as close as IU would get. The Illini then finished the period on a 9-3 run as a Quade kill sealed the 3-0 victory with the 25-15 set win.
Junior Jordyn Poulter led the Illini to a team hitting percentage of .365, including a .438 mark in the second and a .452 clip in the third, while posting 38 assists on the night.
Defensively, senior Brandi Donnelly led the team with a match-high 11 digs, with Poulter and freshman Morgan O’Brien each adding seven.
As a team, the Illini registered 11 blocks to the Hoosiers’ five, with Hranicka contributing six stuffs in the win.
The Illini continues their Big Ten Conference opening road swing with a trip to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern on Saturday (September 23) at 7 p.m. CT in the Evanston Township High School Gym.
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Bloomington, Ind. – Redshirt sophomore Kendall Beerman led the Indiana volleyball team with 12 kills, but they fell in three sets (23-25, 17-25, 15-25) against Illinois on Wednesday at University Gym.
Freshman Kamryn Malloy tallied her second straight productive match for the Hoosiers. After a nine kill on 12 attempt performance in the win over Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, Malloy came back with 11 kills and hit .333 against the Fighting Illini.
For Beerman, who added seven digs it was her eighth-straight match with double-digit kills.
“We will look at some things we didn’t do as well in the second and third set as we did in the first set,” IU head coach Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan said. “It’s a mentality thing and we need to be a little more locked into where our jobs are on the court. We will learn from this and get ready for Saturday.”
The Hoosiers (11-2, 0-1) and the Fighting Illini (10-2, 1-0) matched each other point for point in the first set, a set that included 14 ties and seven lead changes.
The statistics were nearly equal in the opening set, but with the score tied 23-23 the Hoosiers made a service error, followed by a ball handling error which ended in Illinois winning the set 25-23.
The Hoosiers out-hit Illinois in the opening set, .256 to .244 and held slim advantages in assists (14-13) and digs (17-16).
In the second set Illinois converted 17 kills and three errors, while Indiana made six attack errors and 11 kills. The Fighting Illini won set two, 25-17. Beerman hit .750 with three kills on four swings in the set, while Malloy hit .300 with six kills.
In the third set it was a similar scenario as Illinois recorded 16 kills and two errors and Indiana tallied 13 kills, but seven attack errors.
After a kill by junior Elizabeth Asdell cut the Illinois lead to 8-6, The Fighting Illini scored six of the next eight points to build a 14-8 lead. Illinois would go on to win the match with a win in set three, 25-15.
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