UI Volleyball NCAA Regionals

Illinois volleyball vs. Michigan State in NCAA Regionals at Penn State on Friday, December 8, 2017.

Illinois falls in Sweet 16

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Illinois fought off three Michigan State match point opportuntiies, but an ace Autumn Bailey — a strength the entire match — gave the Spartans the fourth set victory and a 25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 29-27 victory in the Sweet 16 against the Illini.

Poulter is running the show for Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter’s physical tools are apparent.

At 6-foot-2, the Illinois junior is one of the best blocking setters in the country. Her physicality at the net can change matches. 

Tamas, Illini like how they're progressing

CHAMPAIGN — Amid all the volleyball and travel, Chris Tamas watched basketball on Sunday night.

The Illinois volleyball coach — who will guide the Illini in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament at 3 p.m. on Friday against Michigan State — liked what he saw, too, from Illinois men's basketball despite its 92-91 overtime loss to Maryland at State Farm Center.

Volleyball: Despite pressure, playing at their best

Hear more from coach Tamas Monday at 5:10 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Jacqueline Quade didn't have any elaborate celebration plans on Sunday.

A long flight from Seattle to Indianapolis with her Illinois volleyball teammates filled the sophomore's time.

Tate: A trying time

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." — Thomas Paine

Illini volleyball advances to Sweet 16

SEATTLE — The timeout didn’t yield an inspiring speech or legendary advice that will go down in Illinois volleyball lore.

Illini volleyball advances in NCAA tournament

SEATTLE — The Illinois volleyball team didn’t make the first NCAA tournament win an easy one for Chris Tamas.

The first-year Illini coach experienced a gamut of emotions on Friday night but felt the one he was hoping for by the time his team walked off the Alaska Airlines Arena court.


Illini's Quade looking to unwrap a win in first NCAA tourney game

SEATTLE — Illinois volleyball player Jacqueline Quade turns 20 today. She already got her present from her parents, Jennifer and Rick, who came through with a Kindle.

The present she wants to give herself? A win in the NCAA tournament tonight.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 1, 2017

We took a call in the sports department Thursday from a volleyball fan. His question: What TV station is the Illinois-Hawaii NCAA tournament match on?

Sorry, but the answer is "none of them."

Unlike the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which splits the games between four networks and shows every one live, volleyball doesn't have the same kind of coverage.