Junior Jacqueline Quade guided the 11th-ranked Fighting Illini to a 3-2 win over Northern Colorado, their second five-set thriller of the young season, with 22 kills, 14 digs and a career-high five service aces Saturday night.
No. 11 Illinois started opening day with a sweep of UNC Wilmington and closed out a 2-0 effort in Fort Collins, Colorado, by outlasting homestanding Colorado State (RV) in five sets.
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.
Colorado State volleyball is aiming to help fans conquer two cravings at once, for fast food and for good volleyball, teaming up with McDonalds locations in the Fort Collins or Windsor area to give away tickets to its Aug. 24 match vs. Illinois.
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.
Mikaela Foecke was a unanimous choice on the All-Big Ten Preseason Team as Nebraska is the conference favorite heading into the year.
Illinois senior setter Jourdyn Poulter talked with NCAA’s Andy Katz about the upcoming season and more.
Taylor Louis of Iowa has more career kills than anyone returning to D-I women’s NCAA volleyball in 2018.
Justine Wong-Orantes, who recently finished a tour winning gold with the US at the Volleyball Nations League, will turn around quickly to join the Pan American Cup roster.