Coming off a Friday night win against Michigan State, the Illini squared off against the University of Michigan on Halloween night at Huff Hall. The Illini triumphed in three sets, bettering themselves to a 6-6 record in the Big 10 this season.

“I thought we played well”, said Coach Kevin Hambly. “I thought offensively we were good, especially after the first set.” Senior Setter Alexis Viliunas was back in the starting line-up again for Illinois, leading her team with 35 assists. “I thought we had a really balanced attack”, said teammate Michelle Strizak. “Lex did a really great job of distributing the ball. What it came down to was that our defense was awesome. We shut down a lot of good hitters.” Strizak scored 15 kills on the night, and Libero Brandi Donnelly led the Illini with 12 digs.

Illinois came into the weekend ranked #21 and hope to begin the move back up after their back-to-back victories. The Illini head to Evanston to play Northwestern this Wednesday, and the same Wildcats will travel to Champaign on Saturday, Nov. 7, to face off again at Huff.

Outside Hitter Jocelynn Birks

Outside Hitter Michelle Strizak

Coach Kevin Hambly

Middle Blocker Ali Bastianelli hits for the point.

Libero Brandi Donnelly

Outside Hitter Katie Roustio

Opposite Side Hitter Ali Stark

Defensive Specialist Julia Conard

Setter Alexis Viliunas

Broadcaster Dave Loane

Opposite Side Hitter Naya Crittenden

Illini Volleyball Alumni Courtney Abrahamovich