On Monday, Team USA released its initial 25-woman roster for the Pan American Cup, including three setters, four liberos, five opposites, six outside hitters and seven middle blockers.
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).
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.
Eleven schools were represented on the 14 member first team All-America team with Stanford earning three honors and Penn State notching two. Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke was named AVCA Freshman of the Year.
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.
(RV) Illinois quickly took care of business Wednesday evening with a three-set sweep of visiting Iowa in Big Ten play.
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.