Illini beat Badgers, advance to NCAA Volleyball Final Four

This post was originally published on this site

Story Links

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – In front of an electric home-court crowd at Huff Hall, No. 3 Illinois volleyball punched its ticket to Minneapolis and the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Volleyball Championship – beating No. 6 Wisconsin in four sets (25-19, 15-25, 25-22, 25-23).

Illinois advances to the National Semifinal for the fourth time in program history and the first since 2011 and will face another familiar foe at the 2018 NCAA Volleyball Championship as they take on Nebraska on Thursday (December 13) at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

“This moment was a lot of work in the making, I’m really proud of these guys,” said head coach Chris Tamas. “Really impressive job by everyone here at the table, and our whole team. Our own team, staff, family at home, Spike Squad, The Networkers, Champaign-Urbana, the University of Illinois, everyone did a fantastic job throughout the season. We’re not done yet. I’m really happy for the team. I’m proud of my team and everyone in the program.”

Seniors Jordyn Poulter and Ali Bastianelli and junior Jacqueline Quade were named to the All-Region team after leading the Illini this weekend, with Poulter being voted the region’s most outstanding player.

“I think that’s probably the best way Jordyn {Poulter} and I could go out on the court,” said Bastianelli. “It was really special, and it speaks to our work ethic.”

“To celebrate that, not only with our program, but with all the fans and alumni, was a very special moment,” added Poulter. “For that to be our last game at Huff, to end it with a W, that’s something I’ll take with me forever.”

Quade had 25 kills on a .379 hitting percentage to pace the Illini (32-2) – who move their win streak to 17 matches, with Bastianelli adding 11 kills on a .318 hitting percentage and a match-high seven blocks, including three solo stuffs.

Poulter directed the Illini to a .294 team hitting percentage with 51 assists and added four digs, three kills and two blocks in her final match at Huff Hall.

Sophomore Morgan O’Brien and freshman Taylor Kuper led the Illini defense with 11 and 10 digs, respectively, while junior Ashlyn Fleming also turned in four blocks as UI outblocked the Badgers (25-7), 11 to 10. 

More information regarding the championships, match time, tickets, etc… will be made available at a later date.

For more Fighting Illini volleyball news, stay tuned to FightingIllini.com and follow @IlliniVBall on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook.

Print Friendly Version