Dec. 13 Illinois volleyball & basketball chat

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 12:30pm

This week's chat will come to you live from Minneapolis in the hours before Illinois volleyball faces Nebrsaka in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. Beat writer Scott Richey plans on spending most of the week in Minnesota (hotel is booked through Saturday night's championship match), and since Wednesday is a big media day for the tournament this week's chat gets bumped to 12:30 p.m.

What's on tap for Illinois volleyball?


Their coach is ... Chris Tamas. The start of his head coaching career has gone pretty well with 55 wins in two seasons and now a trip to the Final Four.

UI volleyball notes: 'This team fights'

CHAMPAIGN — Beth Prince broke away from Illinois volleyball's celebration of its Elite Eight victory on Saturday at Huff Hall to envelop former Illini Alexis Viliunas in a hug.

Work kept Viliunas from attending Friday's Sweet 16 match against Marquette, but nothing was going to keep her from the match that ultimately sent Illinois back to the Final Four for the first time since 2011.

Quick hits: Illini win four-setter over Wisconsin to reach Final Four

What happened

A still-red hot Jacqueline Quade got Illinois going in the Elite Eight against Wisconsin. The Illini's typical balanced effort finished off the Badgers in four sets.

What it means

Four down. Two to go. And there's some history being made. Only three other Illinois teams have ever made the Final Four. These Illini are angling for the first NCAA title.

Magical season continues for Final Four-bound Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Chants of "I-L-L, I-N-I" rained down from the still-full Huff Hall bleachers with the Illinois volleyball team gathered at midcourt after Saturday's Elite Eight slugfest with Wisconsin.

The same cheer that rocked the sellout arena throughout the match.

Tate | Tamas' team offers feel-good story for starving fan base

More than anything, long-suffering Illini fans needed something to cheer about ... a spirit lifter ... a team to truly get lost in.

UI Volleyball vs. Wisconsin: NCAA Tournament Elite 8

Illinois defeats Wisconsin 25-19, 15-25, 25-22, 25-23 in the Elite 8 match of the NCAA 2018 Division I Women's Volleyball Championship at Huff Hall Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.

Next stop: Final Four!

LIVE! Elite Eight

Illinois 3, Wisconsin 1

Next stop: Minneapolis.

The Illinois volleyball team continued its memorable 2018 season with an exclamation point at its home venue, Huff Hall, on Saturday afternoon.

Last remaining hurdle between Illini and Final Four ... Wisconsin

CHAMPAIGN — The Sweet 16 has been anything but for Illinois throughout the program's history with some obvious exceptions. Mike Hebert's teams made a pair of Final Four appearances in the late 1980s. The 2011 team played for a national championship.

But the Sweet 16 has been a fairly formidable road block for the Illini.