11/20/2022 | 1pm CT
Nov 20 (Sun) / 1 pm CT
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois volleyball extended its winning streak to three matches as the team topped Michigan State in four sets at Huff Hall on Friday night.
The Fighting Illini improved to 14-13 overall and 9-8 in Big Ten play. Michigan State fell to 11-17 this year and 2-15 against league opponents.
The Illini found themselves down early in the opening set after a 4-0 rally favored MSU, putting Illinois behind 7-4. The Orange and Blue charged ahead with a 4-0 turn that included a pair of aces by Diana Brown putting Fighting Illini ahead, 13-10. Michigan State did not go away quietly with the Spartans retaking the lead following four-straight scores. A service error ended the run, but Michigan State held all the momentum, stringing together a 3-0 run to take the 20-17 edge over the Illini. The Spartans added four-straight points to close out the first set, handing the Illini the 25-20 defeat.
The teams kept the second set close but the Spartans used a timeout with the Illini leading 11-7. A 4-0 rally by Illinois led to the Spartans final timeout with the Orange and Blue ahead 15-9. Illinois looked to stop a 3-0 rally by the opposition with a timeout while still maintaining the 18-15 edge. The Illini built back its lead with back-to-back kills by Raina Terry pushing Illinois ahead 22-18, but MSU creeped within a point, forcing the Fighting Illini to use a timeout. Brooke Mosher recorded a kill to force set point before sealing the 25-22 Illini victory with an ace.
The Fighting Illini held all the momentum heading into the third set and the Orange and Blue held the 15-10 edge at the media break. The team built on its advantage, adding four-straight to lead the Spartans, 19-12. MSU tallied a 4-0 rally late in the set, but the Illini held onto the 20-14 advantage. Another turn for MSU lead to an Illini timeout, clinging into a two-point lead, but back-to-back MSU points tied the match at 22 apiece. The teams went back-and-forth, taking the set into extra points, but Terry gave the Illini set point with a kill before a Michigan State attack error gave the Fighting Illini the 26-24 win in the third stanza.
The Illini posted a 4-0 rally with Jessica Nunge behind the service line to take an early 10-6 lead in the fourth set. Three-straight for the Illini, including an ace by Terry, led to a Spartan timeout with the Orange and Blue ahead, 14-10. After a Caroline Barnes service ace added to the Illini 20-14 advantage, Michigan State burned its final timeout of the frame. A 3-0 turn favored the Spartans, leading to the Illini needing a timeout, but Illinois maintained control and Rylee Hinton’s final kill sealed the 25-18 triumph over Michigan State.
Three Illini players posted double-digit kills during Friday night’s match. Terry led the way, amassing 19 kills during the victory. Nunge recorded 13 kills while Mosher added 10. Mosher also logged 12 digs, marking the third double-double of the year for the redshirt freshman.
Brown tallied 35 assists and 14 digs for her 51st career double double.
Defensively, Hinton recorded six blocks while Kennedy Collins and Brown logged five apiece.
The Illini cap off his home slate with Senior Day against Iowa on Sunday. First serve from Huff Hall is scheduled for 1 pm CT.
Starters: Kennedy Collins, Rylee Hinton, Diana Brown, Jessica Nunge, Caroline Barnes, Raina Terry and Brooke Mosher
The Illini went 3-0 in sets when winning the opening point.
The Illini wore sleeveless white jerseys for the seventh time this season and are now 4-3 when wearing those.
Attendance was called at 2,323.