Women's Volleyball

Ali  Stark
Ali Stark

RS Senior

Mount Vernon, Iowa

High School:
Mount Vernon




Illini Come Up Just Short Against No. 5 Florida in Sweet 16

#8-seed Florida defeated #9-seed Illinois, 3-2


Illini Collect 59 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Selections

Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom


Illini Sweep MTSU to Open Blue Raider Bash

Illinois out-hit the Blue Raiders .619 to -.115 in the first set


Illini Sweep No. 20 UNC to Complete a Perfect Weekend

Birks, Criswell and McMahon (MVP) named All-Tournament


Illinois Takes Down In-State Foe SIU, 3-0

Sixteen Illini saw action in the match


Illinois vs. Florida - NCAA Regional - Dec. 12, 2014

Photos by Luke Lu from the Sweet Sixteen match between Illinois and Florida in Ames, Iowa.


NCAA 2nd Round vs. Iowa State

No. 10 Illinois vs. Iowa State in the NCAA Division I Tournament 2nd Round game.


NCAA 1st Round vs. Murrary State

Illinois vs. Murrary State in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament at Huff Hall on December 5, 2014.


#11 Illinois vs. Michigan - Match Photos

Illinois vs. Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, November 29th, 2014


Illinois hosts Maryland (9/26/14)

Pictures from Illinois' Big Ten matchup against Maryland.

Career Honors
Academic All-Big Ten
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
Academic All-Big Ten
Academic All-Big Ten

Match-By-Match Stats: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014


  • Appeared in 29 matches as a junior, making appearances at nearly every position. Began the season as a front-row-only opposite hitter in the 6-2, then became primarily a server or defensive specialist after the switch to 5-1, but also saw action at setter and even libero when teammates were hurt/sick.
  • Hit .333 with 10 kills, three digs and a block against Southern Illinois, totaling 22 kills, five blocks and five digs at the Illini Classic.
  • Hit .571 with nine kills, slamming eight kills on her first 10 swings without an error, against MTSU, then posted a career-high six blocks against Virginia Tech.
  • Tallied 10 kills, hitting .450, and five blocks against Colorado.
  • Hit .455 with 12 kills on Big Ten opening weekend, tallying eight kills against Maryland and hitting .500 vs. Rutgers.
  • Made her first career libero appearance at Northwestern, finishing the third set after Donnelly left the court with an illness. Finished out the match at DS, posting seven digs and leading the Illini on a key serving run in the fourth set which included an ace.
  • Came in to receive Taylor Sherwin's tough serve in the final two sets vs. No. 17 Ohio State, then provided extra front row defense while Palmer served and stuffed a block.
  • Played all four sets at No. 2 Wisconsin, tallying four digs and two assists.
  • Tallied three assists and three digs at Indiana.
  • Played opposite hitter and setter vs. No. 10 Nebraska, with five kills, three assists and three digs.
  • Led Illinois to victory over Iowa State with two 7-0 serving runs, three aces and nine digs.
  • Registered a season-high 13 digs, an ace and four assists, taking over briefly at setter for an injured Viliunas, in the NCAA Regional vs. No. 5 Florida.


  • Appeared in all 33 matches, making 10 starts.
  • Settled in as a back-row player towards the end of nonconference play, primarily playing the back row rotations for Liz McMahon.
  • Tallied 231 digs, 46 assists, 25 service aces, 21 blocks and 24 kills on the season.
  • Started all three matches at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational. Struggled offensively, but put up 25 digs and seven blocks on the weekend.
  • Had a fantastic defensive performance in the Illini's victory at No. 11 Iowa State, leading the back line with 11 digs while adding three blocks and two aces.
  • Her defense led Illinois past a scrappy Arizona State team, registering 17 digs and five blocks. She then posted four kills, two aces and 10 digs against No. 6 Washington and four kills, six digs and two blocks against No. 2 Texas at the Illini Classic.
  • Had a key kill on her only swing of the match late in the first set at No. 20 Purdue, adding eight digs and two assists.
  • Notched a service ace and 10 digs against No. 4 Penn State.
  • Recorded seven digs and two assists against No. 17 Ohio State.
  • Registered nine digs and two assists in the Illini's upset of No. 16 Wisconsin.
  • Served up some key runs at Iowa to put Illinois in the lead, landing three service aces.
  • Notched nine digs and a key service ace in the victory over No. 17 Michigan.
  • Helped the Illini to victory over No. 13 Michigan State, notching three service aces, 11 digs and five assists.
  • Posted back-to-back double-digit dig matches at Ohio State and No. 2 Penn State, adding an ace vs. the Nittany Lions.
  • Registered two service aces and seven digs against Purdue in the NCAA Regional.


  • Started 28 matches on the year, missing Pepperdine and Ohio due to a sprained ankle.
  • Tallied 174 kills, 238 digs, 30 blocks, 31 assists and 16 aces as a redshirt freshman.
  • Ranked third on the team in digs and aces.
  • Served up three key aces against Cincinnati on Sept. 7.
  • Had a breakout performance at the Texas Invitational, recording 29 kills and 32 digs in three matches and registering her first double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs against Cincinnati.
  • Hit .429 with 13 kills at No. 13 Purdue, adding 11 digs for her second double-double.
  • Matched her then-career high with 13 digs at Michigan.
  • Earned her third double-double against Northwestern, with 13 kills and 10 digs.
  • Led the team in digs against No. 4 Nebraska, tallying 13.
  • Slashed her career high with 20 digs against Purdue.
  • Matched her personal best with 13 kills at No. 15 Ohio State, hitting .310 with two blocks.
  • Hit .350 with nine kills, six digs and two blocks against Michigan State.
  • Matched her career high with a .429 clip at Iowa, tallying seven kills, 14 digs, two blocks and an assist.


  • Saw action against Tennessee, Houston and Cincinnati, before missing the rest of the season due to injury.
  • Received a medical hardship waiver for the season.

High School

  • Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year: 2010.
  • Under Armour First-Team All-American: 2010
  • IGCA Volleyball Player of the Year: 2010.
  • ESPN Rise Volleyball Honorable Mention All-America: 2010.
  • PrepVolleyball.com All-American: 2010.
  • Was a star for both Mt. Vernon High School, guiding the Mustangs to a No. 6 national ranking, and for the Iowa Rockets, who became the first Iowa team to win the USAV National Championship and qualify for the USAV National Championship Open Division.
  • All-state first team: 2008, 2009, 2010; second team: 2007.
  • Three-time All-WAMAC Conference: 2008, 2009, 2010.
  • Guided Mt. Vernon to the 2A state title as a junior then to the Class 3A state title as a senior.
  • Named the IGHSAU Class 2A All-Tournament captain in 2009 and Class 3A team captain in 2010.
  • Helped Mount Vernon to the state runner-up in Class 3A in both 2007 and 2008.
  • On PrepVolleyball.com's national radar, listed among the Frosh 59, Soph 79 and top 50 recruits in 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively, then ranked No. 53 nationally on the Senior Aces list.
  • Coached by Shirley Ryan at Mount Vernon and David Rodgers for the Iowa Rockets.
  • Named Junior Olympic National Championship MVP (15 National) and to the all-tournament team at the 18 American Championships.
  • In track, Stark was a state qualifier for the Mustangs state runner-up team in 2008 and was a middle-distance runner and high jumper for their Class 3A state championship team in 2009.
  • Track coaches were Bill Thomsen and Maggie Willems.


  • Daughter of Steve Stark and Roxanne Rolland.
  • Siblings are Marissa Stark, Reid Rolland, Jaden Rolland, Aarika Koppenhaver, Beau Rolland, Bria Rolland and Breanna Hawley.
  • Member of the National Honor Society for two years and the honor roll for four years.
  • Cousin Kelsey Benorden played volleyball for UNC-Asheville.

Stark's Career Single-Match Highs

K: 13, 4x-last at Ohio State (11/10/12)
TA: 42 vs. vs. Cincinnati (9/15/12)
Pct: .571 (9-1-14) at Middle Tenn. (9/12/14)
A: 5 vs. Michigan State (11/9/13)
SA: 3, 4x-last vs. Iowa State (12/6/14)
D: 20 vs. Purdue (10/31/12)
BS: 1, 3x-last vs. Florida State (8/30/13)
BA: 6 vs. Virginia Tech (9/13/14)
TB: 6 vs. Virginia Tech (9/13/14)


Getting to Know Ali

Nickname: Ali Kat
Fun Fact: I'm obsessed with cracking my knuckles
Favorite Movie: Despicable Me
Restaurant you have to get to when going home: Panchero's
Favorite Midnight Snack: Oreos dunked in milk
Three things on your "bucket list:" Travel the world, scuba dive and fly first class
Famous person you admire and why: Sandra Bullock, because she is an amazing actress who appears very humble and down to earth.
If you won $10 million, what would you buy: A house on the beach
Book you've read in the past year: "The Hobbit"
Favorite Quote: "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth
Favorite Sundae Topping: Hot Fudge
Favorite Athlete: Derrick Rose
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Chicago Bulls
Favorite TV Show: The Following
Favorite Musical Artists: Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson
Secret Talent: I crochet scarves
Favorite Game: Heads Up
Lucky Number: 20
Favorite Subject in High School: Stained Glass, it pushed me to be creative and think outside the box
Crazy thing you dream of doing someday: Sky diving
Who did you idolize growing up: Michael Jackson, I loved the Jackson 5