Illini Volleyball

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Ellie Holzman (now out for the season) was Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year in 2018-19.
Somewhat confusingly the Gatorade National Volleyball player of the Year award is not always given to the #1 recruit in the country. I don't mean to diminish the honor, but it involves a more holistic evaluation, taking into account high schools stats, service, personality and whatever else. It takes into account a lot more than talent and potential.

While Holzman was highly rated, she wasn't close to the top rated recruit. She was ranked #36. https://fightingillini.com/sports/womens-volleyball/roster/ellie-holzman/10243
 
#30      
Seems like its going to be a rebuilding/experience building year with a young roster. They definitely have had their moments though.

Ellie Holzman, former Gatorade Player of the Year who missed all of last season, is out for the season again after an ACL tear last week against Wisconsin. Huge shame, she was looking really good in the first few games and I think we could've had a better-than-expected season with her. Really feel for her after missing so much time the last couple years to have yet another season-ending injury.
 
#31      
This thread's really fell off. The girls started the season 2-10, but have won their last 4 matches to get to 6-10. End the season next weekend at Purdue. Certainly lot of questions about the future under Tamas. Been quite a fall over 2 seasons
 
#32      
This thread's really fell off. The girls started the season 2-10, but have won their last 4 matches to get to 6-10. End the season next weekend at Purdue. Certainly lot of questions about the future under Tamas. Been quite a fall over 2 seasons
To be fair, the team is young and has been plagued with injuries this season. Five of their six first matches were against Top 10 teams and the Illini pushed several of these veteran Top 10 teams to five-set matches. Illinois has two very good, young outside hitters with three more years of eligibility and a very good setter with two more years of eligibility - they will be back in the Top 20 soon.
 
#37      
As I posted earlier, this team has a lot of potential and will be back in the Top 20 sooner than later. It was announced today that Megan Cooney will return next year, which will only make them better.
However, Mica Allison is in the transfer portal.
 
#38      
However, Mica Allison is in the transfer portal.

She's switching to beach only. She's obviously really athletic and competitive, but she just never seemed to have a set position on the team. She's valuable as someone who can set and hit, but just never lived up to expectations
 
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#39      
Megan Cooney's return is more consequential than Mica Allison's transfer. Cooney is a four-year starter and one of the team's best blockers.
 
#40      
Congratulations to former Illinois players, Jordyn Poulter and Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, for making the Olympic roster. Go Illini.

 
#42      
Congratulations to former Illinois players, Jordyn Poulter and Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, for making the Olympic roster. Go Illini.

Also congrats to Illini Alumnae, Erin Virtue, being named an assistant coach