Aug. 29 Illinois basketball, football & volleyball chat

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:30pm

The Illinois volleyball team opened the season 3-0 but faces a tough test this weekend in Seattle. Saturday also marks the start of the 2018 Illinois football season, with all eyes on new quarterback AJ Bush and the Illini. Meanwhile, the Illinois basketball never truly ends. Players are back on campus, practices start in a month and recruiting is a year-round constant.

Illini grind out another five-set win

GREELEY, Colo. — Chris Tamas called his final timeout of Saturday’s match with Illinois trailing Northern Colorado 10-7 in the fifth set. The 1,102 fans at Bank of Colorado Arena included a fair amount in orange and blue, but chants of “overrated” filled the venue with the Bears’ fans sensing an upset in the making against the 12th-ranked Illini.

Five-set thriller nets Illini top 25 win

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Illinois found itself in multiple five-set matches throughout the 2017 season and ultimately figured out how to close them out. Like the regular season finale against Ohio State that helped make an NCAA tournament bid a no brainer. Then consecutive five-set wins against Hawaii and Washington in the opening two rounds.

Aug. 22 Illinois basketball, football and volleyball chat

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 12:30pm

Beat writer Scott Richey spent his weekend at scrimmages for both Illinois football and volleyball, so feel free to send questions about Lovie Smith and Chris Tamas' team his way for this week's chat. But, of course, it's always basketball season.

Fleming shores up middle for Illini volleyball

CHAMPAIGN— Chris Tamas maintained throughout the offseason he wouldn't use one of his open scholarships and add a transfer simply to fill a roster spot.

Media Day: U of I Volleyball 2018

University of Illinois volleyball Media Day at Huff Hall on UI campus in Champaign on Friday, August 17, 2018.

Questions about the Illini? We have some answers

Will Jordyn Poulter ascend to become the top setter in the country?

Aug. 15 Illinois basketball chat

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 12:30pm

Illinois has missed out on Kahlil Whitney and Terrence Shannon Jr., but E.J. Liddell, Drew Timme and Kofi Cockburn are still in play. What will ultimately become of the Illini's 2019 recruiting class? Which prospects are the realistic targets? When do recruiting misses start to become worrisome?

Ex-Illini picked as volleyball captain for Team USA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The U.S. Women's National Team will continue its preparation to defend its FIVB World Championship with a four-match friendly exhibition tour against Brazil. Former Illinois All-American Michelle Bartsch-Hackley will serve as team captain.

Illini volleyball 12th in preseason poll

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois finished the 2017 season ranked among the top 25 teams in the country after a Sweet 16 run in the NCAA tournament. It was the Illini's only week ranked among the nation's elite teams.