Penn State is the lone team of the four in the University Park regional to make it to the Elite Eight or further in the last five years. Illinois last advanced past the Sweet 16 in 2011, while Missouri and Michigan State last made the regional finals in 2005 and 1996 respectively.
With 14 tickets to be punched for the Sweet 16, Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament brought five upsets and three matches that went down to the wire.
Illinois stunned #8 Washington on the road to reach their second Sweet 16 in three seasons.
Ali Bastianelli took over in the fifth set as Illinois overcame a late surge from Hawaii before #8 Washington swept through LIU Brooklyn.
(RV) Illinois knocked off Ohio State in a five-set thriller, ending the Buckeyes’ hopes of an NCAA Tournament birth.
This is the second of a two-part scouting report covering the Big Ten match between #6 Minnesota and (RV) Illinois. Illinois topped Minnesota in four long sets Saturday night.
(RV) Illinois upset #6 Minnesota in four sets Saturday night in Big Ten play.
#6 Minnesota faces a tough road test as they head to Champaign to face (RV) Illinois; November 18 Preview
#19 Wisconsin earned a four-set victory on the road over (RV) Illinois in Big Ten action Friday night.
The Fighting Illini volleyball team returns to Champaign this weekend for two of their final three regular season home matches in Huff Hall as the Orange and Blue host No. 12 Wisconsin on Friday (November 17) at 6 p.m. CT, followed by a 7 p.m. CT contest on Saturday (November 18) against No. 7 Minnesota.