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Illinois Volleyball tops Bradley in exhibition match

The Illini started 2018 with a win.

Jonathan Bonaguro

Illinois volleyball head coach Chris Tamas had a wildly successful first season in Champaign, finishing with a 23-11 record and bringing the program back to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year absence. The Illini finished fifth in the Big Ten and fell to Michigan State in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.

And now Illinois is back — with exhibition matches.

The Illini hosted the Bradley Braves at Huff Hall on Friday night, taking all four sets in the exhibition (25-18, 25-19, 25-16, 25-15). Usually a collegiate volleyball match is best of five, but The News-Gazette’s Scott Richey put it best.

Illinois will host Illinois State on Friday, April 13, in a second exhibition match before closing the spring season at Iowa State on April 20.

Below you will find a photo gallery from Illinois’ win over Bradley, courtesy of TCR photographer Jonathan Bonaguro.