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Illinois volleyball loses pair of matches in the Great Lake State

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All of the action from Illinois’ olympic sports this week.

Twitter: Chris Tamas (@ChrisTamas)

Volleyball (18-9 overall, 9-7 Big Ten)

The Fighting Illini can not afford many more losses with the Big Ten Tournament coming up. The past week Illinois dropped both games against Michigan State and Michigan. In their first contest against the No. 8 Spartans the Illini struggled to find consistency, and dropped the match in straight sets (25-18, 26-24, 25-19). A trip south to Ann Arbor saw a different game but the same results.

After losing at Huff Hall in five sets last week, the Wolverines got revenge on the Illini at home. The match went five once again, as the two team’s traded sets. Sophomore Jacqueline Quade led the way for the Illini with 21 kills and five blocks.

Next Week’s Schedule:

11/17 - vs. Wisconsin

11/18 - vs. Minnesota

Women’s Basketball (1-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten)

The Fighting Illini Women’s Basketball team tipped-off a new era with Head Coach Nancy Fahey is now at the helm of the team. In their first contest against Fort Wayne, Illinois picked up a 64-50 victory behind leading scorer Brandi Beasley’s 13 points.

Illinois then hit the road for a Sunday night game against Florida Gulf Coast University. The Illini lost 85-61.

Next Week’s Schedule:

11/15 - vs. Chicago State

11/18 - vs. Bradley

11/21 - vs. Western Illinois