Fighting Illini Fall in Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Illinois volleyball team was on a four-game winning streak Wednesday as the Fighting Illinois lost in four sets to Indiana at Wilkinson Hall.

With the loss, the Fighting Illini fell to 15-14 on the year and 10-9 in the Big Ten Play. Indiana improved to 16-15 overall and 9-10 in league play.

Illinois came out hot to start the game, scoring the first five points before Indiana capitalized on one of his timeouts. However, a 3-0 turn favored Indiana and reduced Illini’s lead to just three. Illinois saw their lead after a 5-0 run with a KennedyCollins Kill snapping the rally but leaves Orange and Blue trailing 15-13. Illinois crawled within a pair after an Indiana attacking error helped the Illini fall 21-19 behind. However, Illinois failed to regain their lead, falling 25-21 in the opening frame.

The second stanza saw 14 draws and three lead changes as teams battled it out point by point. Late in the set, one block down Rylee Hinton and a service ace by Raina Terry gave the Illini the slight 20-18 advantage, forcing the Hoosiers to burn a time-out. Terry served a second straight ace from the break, but back-to-back points favored Indiana, leading to a time-out in Illinois. The team continued to battle back and forth, but Indiana finished the set with a 5-0 scoring run and won the frame 25-23.

Looking for a spark in the third set, kills from Hinton and Terry gave the Illini a 15-13 lead and forced the Hoosiers to call a time-out. Terry got a scare after the break and pulled off three straight kills before Indiana capitalized on their final timeout, with Orange and Blue leading 18-13. However, Indiana charged back and traveled a 4-0 run together to reduce Illini’s lead to one. The Fighting Illini didn’t budge and, after a serve error, put the orange and blue on target, an ace wide Caroline Barnes brought the Illini the 25:21 triumph in the third set.

To force a fifth set, the Illini fell early 9-4 after a 3-0 round in Indiana’s favour. A back-to-back three for the Illini put the team on a pair and a block from Hinton and Terry resulted in a timeout in Indiana. An ace over Becca Sakoda brought Illinois to a point, 15-14, but the opposition added two unanswered to rebuild their advantage. Diana Brown and Hinton posted a block late in the set, bringing the Illini back just a point, 20-19, but Indiana pulled off two kills in a row before Illinois capitalized on a time-out. The Hoosiers scored a pair to earn a match point and although Terry kept Illini’s hopes alive, the squad lost the final set 25-20.

Terry and Brown scored double-doubles during the game. Terry recorded a team high of 13 kills and 13 digs. Brown had 36 assists and 10 digs. The performance marked the duos 14thth and 53approx Career double double. Hinton recorded a total of six blocks defensively, including one solo block and five block assists.

Remarks:

Appetizers: KennedyCollins, Rylee Hinton, Diana Brown, Jessica Nunge, Caroline Barnes, Raina Terry and Brooke Mosher

The Illini went 74-18 with the loss to the Hoosiers

Illinois wore long sleeve blue jerseys for the eighth time this year. The team is 4-4 when wearing these.

Participation was called up with 1,073.

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