Illinois Fighting Illini Women's Volleyball Tickets
Division and Conference: NCAA Division I, Big Ten Conference
Head Coach: Chris Tamas
2019 Record: 16-14 Overall (.533), 11-9 Conference (,550), 7-5 Home Games, 6-6 Away Games, 3-3 Neutral
Rivals: Northwestern University Wildcats
Illinois Fighting Illini Women's Volleyball TicketsThe Illinois Fighting Illini women's volleyball club have a strong record of wins. Between 1974 and 2019, the team has had less than 10 losing seasons. Equally impressive is the number of times the Fighting Illini have made it to the NCAA Tournament: 29. Last season, the team, as a whole, posted impressive statistics in a few different categories, including kills (1,606), attacks (4,177) and assists (1,503) to name a few. Most notable was the team's number of service aces, which stood at 182 and earned them 2nd place among other Big Ten women's volleyball teams. The players and coaches are the main reason why the Fighting Illini do so well on the courts. However, the fans are also a big help at home. The home-crowd attendance numbers for the Fighting Illini have consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation over the years. Get your Illinois Fighting Illini Women's Volleyball tickets today at StubHub.
What is the Fighting Illini's home arena?The Fighting Illini play volleyball at Huff Hall, which was constructed back in 1925. It underwent a $1.2 million renovation in 2014 to expand its capacity to 4,536.
What is coach Tamas' background in volleyball?Chris Tamas was named head coach of the fighting Illini in 2017. During his first year at the helm of the program, Coach Tamas brought the goods. He produced a winning season (23-11 overall), took his Fighting Illini to the NCAA regionals and earned the team its 17th Sweet 16 appearance in its history. It's worth noting that 2017 was his first year as an NCAA Division I head coach. In both 2018 and 2019, Tamas would also help the Fighting Illini produce winning seasons and make NCAA Tournament appearances as well. Coach Tamas played at the University of the Pacific and was a four-year starter for the team. As a senior, he was unanimously voted AVCA All-American first-team and named the Tigers' Most Valuable Player.
Who are some notable alumnae of the Fighting Illini women's volleyball team?Johannah Bangert played for the Fighting Illini from 2007-2010. By the time she graduated, she had stacked some impressive records, including all-time blocking leader. Additionally, Bangert holds the Big Ten record for block assists, which sits at 613. Another notable former player is Disa (Johnson) Garner. Garner's number of assists, which stands at 5,550, puts her in second place in the team's record books.
Who are some of the Fighting Illini's stand out players from 2019?Outside hitter Jacqueline Quade proved herself a force to be reckoned with last year, so much so that for the second year in a row, she received AVCA All-American Mention. She also earned AVCA All-Northeast Region honors and made the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge All-Tournament team. It was her senior year. Freshman Diana Brown was also a powerhouse on the court. She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice in 2019 and led the Fighting Illini in double-doubles.
What are some notable achievements of the Fighting Illini assistant coaches??Rashinda Reed joined the staff as an assistant coach in 2017. Much of her exemplary work has been with the middle blockers, such as Ali Bastianelli, who garnered AVCA All-America Third Team and All-Big Ten First-Team honors two years in a row. Eli Sharping, another assistant coach, joined the staff in early 2020. He previously worked as an assistant coach at Milwaukee, where he helped the team improve their record of wins by 18 between 2018 and 2019. Get the Illinois Fighting Illini Women’s Volleyball schedule at StubHub.
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