LEXINGTON, Ky. — Illini outside hitter Jocelynn Birks and libero Jennifer Beltran were selected to the All-Northeast Region team, and UI outside hitter Liz McMahon was an honorable-mention pick by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday.
Birks, an All-Big Ten player, ranks fifth in the league and 40th in the nation in kills per set.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Rayvonte Rice, Illinois
The Champaign native continued to display his scoring prowess, scoring a team-high 13 points and becoming the first UI newcomer to reach double figures in each of his first 10 games since Kiwane Garris.
Illinois 72, Dartmouth 65 — FINAL
CHAMPAIGN — Malcolm Hill scored a career-high 10 points to go along with four rebounds while Rayvonte Rice added 13 in helping the Illini survive ahead of Saturday’s matchup with No. 15 Oregon in Portland.
Jon Ekey, Nnanna Egwu and Joseph Bertrand all scored 11 points for the Illini, who improved to 9-1 with the win.
Illinois seemed to be on its way to a 20+ point win over Dartmouth tonight, leading by 17 points with just over eleven minutes to play. Then the Big Green started hitting some shots, and the Illini started missing some free throws. The lead would shrink to six before the Illini held on for a 72-65 win. There were some nice plays for the Illini tonight, and here are my three no
Steve Kelly, Marcus Jackson and Loren Tate are courtside to preview the Illini's first-ever matchup with the Big Green of Dartmouth. They're joined by Derrick Burson from sports information, while Brian Barnhart talks with assistant coach Dustin Ford, and Loren chats with Dartmouth's Rick Bender.
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I can feel the excitement in the air as the Illini host Dartmouth tonight at State Farm Center in the first-ever matchup between the two schools. Okay, not really. But I am intererested to see if the Illini can avoid a post-road trip hangover. That was an issue against IPFW after the road win at UNLV before Thanksgiving. Here are a few tidbits courtesy of stats guru
This won’t be 2013’s most popular decision, but it’s final ... for 2014.
Tim Banks, much-chastised UI defensive coordinator, will return in that capacity after his unit set school records for inefficiency.
Southeast parking area to be closed a couple of years
CHAMPAIGN — The massive renovation of State Farm Center kicks off Wednesday as the university cordons off one of its parking lots for a staging ground.