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Old May 24, 2017, 06:05 PM   #1
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Schedule was released today:
http://www.fightingillini.com/schedule.aspx?path=wvball

Looking forward to Stuff Huff against defending national champion Stanford, now with Kevin Hambly as their coach.
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Old May 24, 2017, 11:01 PM   #2
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Schedule was released today:
http://www.fightingillini.com/schedule.aspx?path=wvball

Looking forward to Stuff Huff against defending national champion Stanford, now with Kevin Hambly as their coach.
That's gonna be fun! So what are the expectations for this year with a first time HC? Any polls or prognostications out there someone can link?
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Old May 27, 2017, 12:43 AM   #3
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That's gonna be fun! So what are the expectations for this year with a first time HC? Any polls or prognostications out there someone can link?
We lose a lot of key players from last year (Strizak, Crittendon, Stadick, Davis) but bring back maybe our three best players in Poulter, Bastianelli, and Donnelly. We also bring in the 7th ranked recruiting class in the nation. Still, we'll be a young team and the Big Ten is ridiculously good at volleyball. If I had to guess, I'd say we're a middle of the pack conference team but still maybe top 25. Hoping for better though. It's hard to say with a new coach and all the new players. Gotta give Coach Tamas credit for keeping this team together after the coaching change. No transfers from anyone who was expected to contribute this year.

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Old May 27, 2017, 08:43 AM   #4
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Sounds good, thanks for the update.
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Old Jun 1, 2017, 08:56 PM   #5
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Late to the party, but I expect that Quade will have a big year this season. We have a chance to be pretty good. We need depth and better passing this season. Last season, Poulter ran her ass off too much to make good/great sets. Better serve-receive and better passing leads to better sets and more kills. The conference is loaded, but we have the pieces to surprise.
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Old Jun 11, 2017, 12:29 PM   #6
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Isn't Stadick back as a senior?
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Old Aug 25, 2017, 10:02 AM   #7
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First match of the season.

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Old Aug 25, 2017, 10:48 AM   #8
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Thanks, that's a good feed. Looking good. Is Gonzaga normally a good team? They aren't looking real good so far.
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Old Aug 25, 2017, 05:04 PM   #9
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Looks like the ladies play again at 9est/8cst at that same link

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Old Aug 25, 2017, 06:55 PM   #10
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Is the earlier game vs Gonzaga archived anywhere? Also, is there a way to stream tonight's game via Roku? I can't find what network Big Sky is on. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Old Aug 25, 2017, 08:08 PM   #11
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Game's on Pluto tv, FYI. Illini took 1st set.
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Old Aug 25, 2017, 08:12 PM   #12
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Is the earlier game vs Gonzaga archived anywhere? Also, is there a way to stream tonight's game via Roku? I can't find what network Big Sky is on. Any help is greatly appreciated!
You can apparently get the Pluto app on Roku. I'm watching it online at the Pluto site.

http://pluto.tv/watch/montana-state

I had never heard of Pluto before but it looks like a cool site, legal, free, and some various programming.
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Old Aug 25, 2017, 08:34 PM   #13
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MSU won a tough second set. We aren't looking as sharp as we did this morning.
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Old Aug 25, 2017, 09:05 PM   #14
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The girls got it together and smoked them the third set.
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Old Aug 25, 2017, 09:49 PM   #15
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Won the match, 3-1. Fourth set not as clean as the 3rd, but still a win.
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Old Aug 26, 2017, 10:32 AM   #16
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Fighting Illini take on Air Force in the final day of the Montana State Bobcat Classic @ 11:30 CST on PlutoTV: Link

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Old Aug 26, 2017, 10:54 AM   #17
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Illinois takes first set by a 15-point margin.

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Old Aug 26, 2017, 11:19 AM   #18
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Illinois wins close second set 25-20.

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Old Aug 26, 2017, 11:43 AM   #19
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Illini finish off the AFA in the final set by a final score of 25-14 to win the Bobcat Classic.

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Old Aug 26, 2017, 11:55 AM   #20
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Good start to the season, but next weekend will show where we are right now. Should be tougher opponents in Louisville.
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Old Sep 2, 2017, 07:34 PM   #21
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Old Sep 2, 2017, 10:53 PM   #22
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Rats, after catching the first few matches I've missed the last few. I need to start checking the schedule.
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Old Sep 3, 2017, 12:17 AM   #23
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Great to see a 6-0 start! Next weekend's matches will be fun. Stanford's obviously a very dangerous team; I wonder if our ladies will get a boost from their familiarity with Hambly's typical coaching decisions, if Kevin will try to throw in a lot of different looks to prevent that, or if Stanford's skill will make those moot points. Weirdly, Stanford just lost to Penn State yesterday and the two play again at Huff on Saturday. Don't know much about Colorado, but coming out of the Pac-12 I'd assume they'll be the same tough challenge as any B1G team.

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Old Sep 4, 2017, 08:47 PM   #24
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Great to see a 6-0 start! Next weekend's matches will be fun. Stanford's obviously a very dangerous team; I wonder if our ladies will get a boost from their familiarity with Hambly's typical coaching decisions, if Kevin will try to throw in a lot of different looks to prevent that, or if Stanford's skill will make those moot points. Weirdly, Stanford just lost to Penn State yesterday and the two play again at Huff on Saturday. Don't know much about Colorado, but coming out of the Pac-12 I'd assume they'll be the same tough challenge as any B1G team.
Colorado is 6-0, like us, but have played a tougher schedule. Stanford, under Hambly, has shown very little middle attack. Guess we should expect that from a Hambly team.
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Old Sep 4, 2017, 10:42 PM   #25
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Colorado is 6-0, like us, but have played a tougher schedule. Stanford, under Hambly, has shown very little middle attack. Guess we should expect that from a Hambly team.
Western Kentucky and Louisville are both better than anyone on Colorado's schedule. We've definitely had the tougher schedule. Both matches this weekend should be fun though. Stanford is still a very talented team and will favored. We've come really close to beating them each of the last 3 years, I'd love to see us finally get that W being at home this time.
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