It's looking more likely that Illini volleyball player Jazmine Orozco will be medically cleared to play in the NCAA volleyball tournament this weekend at Huff Hall.
The sophomore right-side hitter, one of Illinois' top reserves, has missed the team's last seven matches due to a concussion. Orozco was injured during a collision with a teammate in prematch warmups on Nov. 5 at Indiana.
Illini coach Kevin Hambly indicated Wednesday morning that Orozco's status won't be known for sure until Friday. However, he also said: "But we are extremely optimistic that she will be available."
The concussion was Orozco's second head injury this year. In late February, the Lakewood, Calif., native suffered a brain contusion when by a ball during USA Volleyball open tryouts at Colorado Springs, Colo.
The No. 7 Illini will open the tournament against Central Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday. The other first-round match at Huff pairs No. 24 Western Kentucky against Marquette.
Friday's winners advance to the second round at 7 p.m. Saturday at Huff.