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.
Illinois got their first win against Nebraska since 2014 as they went to Lincoln for a top 10 victory.
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.
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.
The Girls 18s USAV National Championships begin today in Anaheim, California.
The 2017-18 Gatorade State High School Players of the Year have been announced for all 50 states, including the District of Columbia.
Today is a big day for a number of prospective collegiate volleyball athletes, as it is the first day players can sign their early period National Letters of Intent for their programs in the NCAA.
Fighting Illini volleyball and head coach Chris Tamas announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Thursday (November 9) as Diana Brown (Columbus, Ohio) and Taylor Kuper (Lenexa, Kansas) will join the Orange and Blue for the 2018 season.