After opening the 2018 season on the road for four of the first five weekends, the No. 4 Illinois volleyball team returns to Huff Hall for a four-match homestand beginning with contests against Iowa and #5 Nebraska this weekend.
Ohio State earned the upset in 4 sets over 4th-ranked Penn State, while 8th-ranked Illinois fended off a feisty Indiana volleyball program in 5 sets to remain undefeated on the season. 5th-ranked Nebraska and 19th-ranked Michigan downed Michigan State and Iowa, 3-1, respectively to round out Big Ten opening week.
It was a barn-burner in West Lafayette, Ind., as a pair of unbeaten volleyball programs went at it in Big Ten-opening action. 4th-ranked Illinois emerged the victor, downing 20th-ranked Purdue in a 4-set battle.
The No. 6 Illini recovered after dropping the opening set against No. 14 Creighton in the tournament finale, winning three straight sets to stay perfect on the season at 11-0.
For the second-straight day, the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conference split in challenge action. #20 Colorado opened the night with…
2017 Elite 8 participant Kentucky and 2017 Sweet 16 participant Illinois competed in a spring match on Friday, March 30 at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana.
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.
Illinois stunned #8 Washington on the road to reach their second Sweet 16 in three seasons.
(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.