The Illinois volleyball team will participate in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge for the fifth-straight season this weekend, traveling to Seattle, Wash., to face Colorado and host Washington on August 31-September 1.
Minnesota is one of three teams in the top tier for Big Ten favorites, as the league should be brutal once again.
The Cardinal sit atop the VolleyMob 2018 Preseason Top 25.
Illinois comes in at #11, right on the fringe of the top 10, to lead a group of Pac-12 schools in the #11-15 range.
Stanford will look to claim the National Championship for the second time in three seasons; Way-Too-Early 2018 VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (Full List).
Illinois has six starters back and should be ready to compete with the best the Big Ten has to offer; Way-Too-Early VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (#11-15).
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.
(RV) Illinois knocked off Ohio State in a five-set thriller, ending the Buckeyes’ hopes of an NCAA Tournament birth.
(RV) Illinois quickly took care of business Wednesday evening with a three-set sweep of visiting Iowa in Big Ten play.
After a big week of NCAA volleyball, conferences have deemed their top players of the week.