Volleyball commit explains choice

The Illini volleyball team’s latest recruiting commitment could have joined her older sister at another Big Ten program.

McKenna Kelsay strongly considered it, too.

“That would have been really cool,” the Wheaton St. Francis senior said. “I’ve been to Michigan State a lot and I loved Michigan State. Definitely being able to play with Kristen was a big thing.”

State volleyball champ picks Illini


Setter McKenna Kelsay, who guided Wheaton St. Francis to a state volleyball title last fall, has orally committed to Illinois.

The 5-foot-8 senior announced her decision this week on Twitter.

“She’s the real deal,” St. Francis coach Peg Kopec said Friday. “She’s a very athletic, talented girl. Very competitive.”

Delgado pulls wrestling upset

CHAMPAIGN — Jesse Delgado knocked off top-ranked Matt McDonough, but three other Illinois wins weren’t nearly enough as No. 2 Iowa claimed a 25-12 Big Ten wrestling victory Friday night at Huff Hall.

Indiana star to join Hambly's team

Beth Prince, a one-time National Freshman of the Year in high school volleyball, has orally committed to the University of Illinois.

The Avon (Ind.) High School sophomore announced her decision Monday night via Twitter after informing Illini coach Kevin Hambly.

Ex-Illini joins volleyball staff

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois All-American Johannah Bangert has returned to her alma mater as director of volleyball operations.

Hambly adds 'tremendous depth' with Class of 2013

Plenty of Illinois sports had a number of recruits ink letters of intent on Nov. 14.

Even with National Signing Day taking place three weeks ago, we'll take a look each Wednesday leading up to Christmas at some of the recruits other Illini teams were able to sign. Last week we profiled Matt Bollant's first women's basketball recruiting class.

Ex-IIlini aide Kordes honored

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Illinois assistant Anne Kordes was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year on Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Thomas Q&A: 'We have to earn it'

Seated in his second-floor Bielfeldt office, Mike Thomas is generally isolated from the grumbling that has swept through Illini Nation after a 2-10 football season.

McMahon named All-Big Ten

PARK RIDGE — Illinois volleyball players Liz McMahon and Jocelynn Birks were honored Tuesday by the Big Ten in the conference’s annual presentation of postseason awards.

Big Ten honors volleyball duo

PARK RIDGE — Illinois outside hitter Jocelynn Birks was honored by the Big Ten for the third time in four weeks on Monday. This time, the redshirt freshman was joined by teammate Annie Luhrsen in the conference’s weekly volleyball awards.

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