Cooney, Illini finish off another unbeaten weekend

CLEVELAND — Megan Cooney moved to outside hitter out of necessity in Illinois’ opening weekend in Colorado. She got more productive from that spot as the Illini started the season with three wins, but it wasn’t her most efficient volleyball.

Illini don't let up in sweeps

CLEVELAND — Chris Tamas had a message for his team after a pair of top 25 wins against Colorado and Washington last weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge.


CHAMPAIGN — Blayke Hranicka is a planner. The Illinois senior has been mapping out her life after college — after volleyball — since she arrived at Illinois in 2016 for her sophomore year after transferring from North Carolina State.

Mark it down: Basketball season is coming

An early start to the college basketball season means an earlier start to official practices. After a spring and summer of workouts limited to four hours on the court with the coaches and four more in the weight room, Illinois will jump into the 2018-19 season in about three weeks.

Poulter earns Big Ten honor

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter has kept the Illinois attack on point even as the rotation changed the past two weeks. The Illini's offensive improvements in a pair top 25 wins this past weekend in Seattle helped the senior setter claim the fourth weekly conference honor of her career after she was named Big Ten Co-Setter of the Week on Tuesday.

Illini volleyball still ranked 11th

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois volleyball finished the second weekend of the season with two more top 25 victories, beating both Colorado and host Washington in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge after knocking off Colorado State in the opening night of the season.

Illinois earns another top 25 win

SEATTLE — Illinois found itself in familiar territory Friday night, up 2-0 against a top 25 opponent. A week prior, the No. 11 Illini let that advantage slip before rallying to finish off Colorado State in five sets.

Kuper brings wide range of skills to Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Taylor Kuper started to come to this realization about two years ago: If she was going to play at the highest level of college volleyball, she’d likely have to make a position switch.  

Illinois returns to memorable place

CHAMPAIGN — Chris Tamas wanted his nonconference schedule to provide as much of an RPI boost and as many quality road wins as possible. Hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament is the goal.

Illini up one spot in AVCA poll

CHAMPAIGN — Three wins in the opening weekend of the season, including one in a top 25 matchup, saw Illinois volleyball jump one spot to No. 11 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll released Monday afternoon. The Illini (3-0) beat UNC-Wilmington, No. 25 Colorado State and Northern Colorado to start their 2018 season.