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.
Holt, originally from Hercules, California was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American as a senior, in which she hit .207 and averaged 3.83 kills/set in 124 sets
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).
Scambray will be joined by former Washington State All-American Kyra Holt and Martenne Bettendorf from Oregon.
Illinois stunned #8 Washington on the road to reach their second Sweet 16 in three seasons.
Ali Bastianelli took over in the fifth set as Illinois overcame a late surge from Hawaii before #8 Washington swept through LIU Brooklyn.
Barring an uncharacteristic stumble, the No. 1 seeded Penn State Nittany Lions should be through to the Final Four with four home victories. No. 8 seeded Washington, however, might offer a challenge in the Elite Eight.
Washington brought in a season-high 4,491 fans for their final regular season match and sweep over in-state opponent Washington State.