What a weird first few matches it’s been.Illini get some redemption on the weekend, winning in 5 over #7 Marquette. Came back from down 0-2 again. Marquette is a very good team with road wins over Wisconsin and BYU. At least we know we can hang with top teams when we play well. It’s just a matter of finding consistency.
Consistency won't come until our lineup stabilizes. Too much flux so far.Illini get some redemption on the weekend, winning in 5 over #7 Marquette. Came back from down 0-2 again. Marquette is a very good team with road wins over Wisconsin and BYU. At least we know we can hang with top teams when we play well. It’s just a matter of finding consistency.
Thanks for the heads up, game on B1G. I will flip back and forth btw Cards/Cubs and IL/UN, I better get off, IL lost last 3 points.exciting game vs. Nebraska. lose 1st 25-22. win 2nd set in nail biter 27-25. 3rd - came from down to take lead ... now trading points at 22 23 24 25 26 and WIN 3rd set 28-26 on the 4th set point!
The second set was there for the taking until Kuper sent the match point serve long.Almost came back from way back to win the 2nd set last night. Could have made the difference in the overall match. Setting needs to get consistent - too many opportunities in that 2nd set to put it away with a kill and what should have been some easy sets just were not there.
In hers and Beth Prince's absence, though, a nice surprise in Mica Allison as a hitter has emerged. I was pretty impressed with the ferocity on some of her hits in the Minnesota match last week. Not too bad for a young lady who was an all-freshman SEC setter last year for Auburn!Is Vrankovic injured? Was expecting her to tear it up, but she hasn't played much.
Plus, we seem to be getting healthier. Prince was solid last night and Bruna was dressed, even though she didn't play.Team has been close against the B10 elite but can’t quite get over the hump for a signature win yet. Lost a 2-0 lead at Ped State tonight. Had 4 chances to win in 4 but couldn’t put it away. Now 9-9 but the schedule gets easier the rest of the way.
We'll still make the tourney if we win out. Remaining schedule puts us against second division conference teams. Still, not sure that we can win out. Making the tourney is academic anyway because we don't have the (healthy) talent to advance.I think it's fairly safe to say after being swept at home by Penn State tonight, that for the second time in a row the Illinois volleyball team will miss the NCAA tournament the year after making it to the Final Four