CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Illinois volleyball picked up its sixth-straight victory when the team swept Northwestern at Huff Hall on Wednesday night.
With the win, the Fighting Illini own a 13-10 on the year with a 8-5 mark in Big Ten play. The Wildcats moved to 11-12 this season and 5-8 in league play.
The Orange and Blue recorded 50 kills as a team while hitting .268 in the match. Raina Terry led the way with 22 kills, her eighth match this season with 20 or more kills. Defensively, Caroline Barnes shined with 18 digs and Cari Bohm tallied five blocks. Jessica Nunge tied her season best with three aces and Brooke Mosher dished out a team-high 40 assists.
How it happened
In the opening frame, the Illini used a 4-0 run that included an ace by Barnes to claim the 12-11 advantage, leading to a Wildcat timeout. However, a 4-0 turn favored Northwestern and put the Illini squad behind, 16-13. With Nunge behind the service line, Illinois added a 3-0 run to hold the 20-19 edge late in the set. Back-and-forth the squads battled, leveling the frame at 23 before kills by Mosher and Nunge closed out the 25-23 victory. Terry impressed in the opening set, recording nine of the team’s 14 kills.
The Fighting Illini built on their momentum from the first frame, starting the second set with an 8-1 run. The Orange and Blue continued to dominate and following Terry’s 13th kill of the match, and the Wildcats called…