In front a boisterous crowd of over 3,700 Illini fans, the No. 3 seeded and ranked Illinois volleyball team earned its second-straight trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 and ninth in the last 11 seasons with a hard-fought 3-1 (25-22, 28-26, 25-17, 25-18) victory over Louisville.
The top of the standings remains in tact with Pittsburgh on top at 11-1 and Louisville and Florida State right behind at 10-2, but Sunday saw surprise results with both the Panthers and Cardinals falling.
Pitt continued its historic season, extending its win streak to 22 matches, while posting its best ever ACC start (10-0) with a four-set win over co-league leader Louisville on Sunday.
9th-ranked Pittsburgh cruised to an ACC victory at Virginia Tech in straight sets to remain undefeated on the season, while RV Louisville outlasted NC State in 4. A total of 6 sweeps occurred in Friday action with Florida State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Miami and Boston College emerging victorious.
9th-ranked Pittsburgh, one of 6 remaining undefeated Division I volleyball programs nationally, is viewed as the heavy favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship this year. VolleyMob and a vote of league coaches in the preseason were unanimous.
Kentucky hit at a .434 clip and Louisville could not find its footing offensively, hitting .080, in a quick 3-0 decision between the instate rivals.
MVP Khalia Lanier and trio of true freshmen highlight Bubly Invitational action in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend.
Ranked programs played their way to victories Sunday in Bubly Invitational finale action. #7 USC swept past Louisville, while #3 Florida notched a 4-set victory over UCF.
Louisville started the Bubly Invitational with an sweep of UCF, but it was the nightcap between No. 7 USC and No. 3 Florida that lived up to the hype with the Trojans pulling up the road upset in four sets.
Amanda Green led Louisville in scoring on the weekend, and her teammate Molly Sauer was named the tournament MVP.