Sunday, 3 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Fighting Illini Power Past Indiana in Five-Set Thriller


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Wednesday night’s match at Huff Hall favored Illinois as the Fighting Illini took down Indiana in a five-set thriller.

With the victory, the Fighting Illini own a 11-10 on the year with a 6-5 mark in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers, who were receiving votes in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, dropped to 16-8 this season and 6-5 in league play.

The Orange and Blue tallied 55 kills and 66 digs in the match. The team added 49 assists and 10 strikes from the service line.

Three Fighting Illini players tallied double digit kills with Raina Terry pacing the squad with 16. Kennedy Collins added 12 kills and logged five aces along with four blocks. Cari Bohm notched a career-best 10 kills on hitting .643 in the victory.

Caroline Barnes recorded 21 digs, one behind her season best. Vanessa Pan tallied a stunning 19 digs, the most this season and in her Illini career.

How it happened

Illinois jumped ahead 8-5 early following a rally with Collins behind the service line. However, Indiana countered with a 3-0 run to tie the match at eight apiece. The team’s battled back-and-forth, but at the media break, the score favored the Hoosiers, 15-12. The Orange and Blue did not go away quietly, with an IU attack error tying the set at 16. The Fighting Illini burned a timeout following back-to-back Hoosier kills, leaving Illinois behind 19-17. A stuff by Mosher and Collins tied the set at 22 following a timeout by IU. The Zion, Ill.,…

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