#8-seed Florida defeated #9-seed Illinois, 3-2
Brandi Donnelly posted her 500th dig in the match
Friday's match will air live on Big Ten Network
Dorn and Stadick combined for 16 kills and no errors
The Illini have now earned six weekly honors in 2014
Photos by Luke Lu from the Sweet Sixteen match between Illinois and Florida in Ames, Iowa.
No. 10 Illinois vs. Iowa State in the NCAA Division I Tournament 2nd Round game.
Illinois vs. Murrary State in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament at Huff Hall on December 5, 2014.
Illinois vs. Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Illinois vs. Ohio State at Huff Hall Wednesday, November 12, 2014
2014: Started all 34 matches at setter, playing in all 130 sets ... Posted her second consecutive 1,000-assists season with 1,092, adding 60 kills, 49 blocks and seven aces while hitting .410 ... Averaged 10.63 assists per set when running a 5-1 ... Despite sharing setting duties for a large portion of the season, finished the year ranked ninth in the Big Ten in assists ... Led the Illini to rank 9th in the nation in total assists as a team ... Posted 14 doubles-doubles on the year, which ranked third in the Big Ten, and recorded a 20-20 at Michigan on 11/1 ... Posted 39 assists, 17 digs and a service ace at the Illini Classic ... Notched her first double-double of the year against No. 2 Stanford, tallying 32 assists and 10 digs against the Cardinal ... Registered a double-double against Creighton with 29 assists and 10 digs ... Recorded a double-double with 14 assists and 10 digs against Maryland, then had 25 assists while leading Illinois to its best hitting percentage in 11 years (.473) against Rutgers ... Posted her fourth double-double of the year with 28 assists and 12 digs in the three-set victory over No. 18 Minnesota ... Took over as the Illini’s lone setter at No. 5 Penn State, registering 47 assists, eight digs, three kills and two blocks ... Recorded a then-season-high 54 assists with seven digs, four blocks, two kills and an ace at Iowa ... Named Big Ten Setter of the Week on Oct. 20 after leading the Big Ten with 12.22 assists per set at Iowa and No. 13 Nebraska ... Posted a double-double with 42 assists, 14 digs, two kills and three blocks, including two solo, against No. 13 Purdue ... Became the 10th Illini setter to 2,000 career assists at Michigan State, reaching the milestone on match point with a set to Birks ... Recorded the 14th assists-digs 20-20 in Illini history, becoming just the third Illini setter with more than one to her name on Nov. 1, hitting .571 with 53 assists, 20 digs, four kills and three blocks in the Illini’s five-set victory at Michigan ... Hit .500 with a season-high five kills, 46 assists, seven digs and three blocks at Northwestern ... Hit 1.000 with three kills, five digs and an ace at Rutgers, leading Illinois to hit .315 against the Scarlet Knights with 31 assists ... Had a strong all-around match at No. 2 Wisconsin with 51 assists, 10 digs, two aces and five kills on six swings ... Guided Illinois to a .381 hitting percentage at Indiana with 31 assists and five kills (.714) ... Had a double-double with 34 assists, 10 digs and four blocks against Murray State then hit .444 with five kills, 41 assists and eight digs vs. Iowa State, leading the Illini to a .330 hitting percentage in the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament ... Put up 46 assists and a match-high 14 digs against No. 5 Florida in the NCAA Regional despite suffering an ankle injury in the second set.
2013: Started all 33 matches at setter ... Registered 1,220 assists, 322 digs, 50 kills, 49 blocks and 13 service aces, hitting .327 on the season ... Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 9.92 per set ... Recorded a team-high 14 double-doubles, including the first assists-digs 20-20 since 2010 with 44 assists and 20 digs in a four-set win at Wisconsin ... Registered 117 assists at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational, with six blocks, 23 digs and two aces on the weekend, hitting .536 ... Tallied 67 assists, 14 digs and seven blocks at the Iowa State Challenge ... Recorded a double-double in all three matches at the Illini Classic, hitting .800 with four kills, 50 assists, 18 digs and five blocks in the win over Arizona State ... Posted her fourth double-double of the year at Duke with 43 assists and 15 digs ... Hit .857, going 6-for-7 on the attack, while putting up 33 assists, seven digs and an ace against Iowa ... Led the team with 13 digs against No. 12 Nebraska ... Struggled at No. 9 Michigan State, getting pulled midway through the second set, but rebounded tremendously the following night to lead the Illini past No. 14 Michigan, 3-2. Recorded 40 assists, five digs, three kills, an ace and a block, including serving up match point ... Recorded a double-double at No. 20 Purdue with 46 assists, 10 digs, an ace, a block and a kill ... Notched a double-double against No. 17 Ohio State, earning 44 assists, 13 digs and an ace, registering six of those digs in the fourth set alone ... Put up a then-season-high 52 assists at Northwestern, adding 13 digs for her second-straight double-double ... Had a fantastic all-around performance in the win at No. 16 Wisconsin, recording 44 assists, a career-high 20 digs, three kills and a block, marking the first assist-dig 20-20 since 2010. She is just the fourth setter since at least 1997 to register a 20-20 ... Recorded a career-high 55 assists to go along with 13 digs in the Illini's 3-2 victory over No. 17 Michigan ... Tallied 33 assists, 14 digs and three blocks against Indiana ... Helped the team hit .369 while running a .532 assist percentage in the Illini's 3-0 sweep of No. 18 Purdue ... Notched back-to-back double-doubles at Ohio State and No. 2 Penn State, totaling 70 assists, 30 digs, four blocks and two kills ... Had four kills and a 3-set season-high 38 assists to help the Illini hit .357 while sweeping Northwestern ... Topped her season high for a 4-set match with 48 assists against Marquette, leading the Illini to hit an impressive .319 in the NCAA Second Round.
2012: Appeared in seven matches as a true freshman, making four starts ... Totaled 163 assists, 10 blocks, 10 kills and six service aces while hitting .556 on the year ... Started her first collegiate match at Michigan State, where she led the Illini to a much-needed, come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over the Spartans ... Registered a double-double in her first career match, scoring 49 assists, 14 digs, three kills on three swings, and a block assist ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Oct. 15 after her Illini debut, becoming the first Illinois freshman ever to win a Big Ten weekly award for her first appearance ... Recorded her second-straight double-double against Northwestern, matching her debut with 49 assists and 14 digs, adding two kills and four block assists ... Entered the Purdue match in the fifth set when the Illini trailed 5-0, assisting on three-straight kills to close the gap to 5-3 ... Came in when the Illini trailed 11-1 to Penn State in the third set, and won 13 of the final 27 points ... Did not commit an attack error all season, hitting 1.000 in three matches.
2011 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year ... 2011 Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year after earning 2nd team all-state honors by the paper in 2009 and 2010 ... 2011 Chicago Tribune Player of the Year ... 2011 News-Gazette First Team All-State after earning 2nd team honors in 2009 and 2010 ... 2011 Suburban Life Player of the Year after earning all-area honors by the paper in 2009 and 2010 ... 2011 Mizuno Volleyball Magazine First Team All-American ... 2011 Under Armor Second Team All-American ... Rated the No. 34 best "Senior Ace" in the class according to prepvolleyball.com ... Named West Suburban Silver All-Conference honors in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Named first team all-area by the Doings in 2009 ... Four-year starter ... High school coach was Joann Pyritz ... Lyons reached the IHSA Class 4A Elite Eight all four years, winning the state title in 2010 and placing second in 2009 ... Lyons won the West Suburban Conference Silver title in 2009 and 2010 ... Holds Lyons Township High School record for most assists (2,202) ... Her senior stats include 320 kills, 43 blocks, 300 digs, 644 assists, 54 aces and an attack percentage of .499. Has played club for 1st Alliance since 2003 ... Named an AAU All-American in 2009 and 2011 ... Named a USAV All-American in 2010 and 2012 ... Named to USA Select Team in 2009.
Born on Jan. 26, 1994 ... Daughter of Ed and Cheryl Viliunas ... Brother, Eddie, played a tight end at Illinois from 2008-12 ... J. Kyle Braid Leadership Award recipient ... Members of the Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society ... Enjoys photography, baking, knitting, and shopping ... Majoring in marketing.
Viliunas' Career Single-Match Highs
K: 6 vs. Nebraska (9/28/13)
Getting To Know Alexis