Friday's match will air live on Big Ten Network
Morganne Criswell recorded the Illini's first blocks-kills double-double in three years
Birks, Criswell and McMahon (MVP) named All-Tournament
Sixteen Illini saw action in the match
Illinois led an efficient attack, outhitting the 49ers .333 to .102 with 10 blocks
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: Appeared in all 34 matches in her first season with the Illini after transferring in January, 2014, posting 331 assists, 101 digs, 24 aces and a kill ... Began the season running a 6-2 at setter with Viliunas, but was switched to a serving specialist on Oct. 11 at Penn State ... Led the team with 55 assists at the Illini Classic, adding 17 digs and four service aces ... Posted a season-high 24 assists and eight digs at No. 2 Stanford ... Landed two service aces against Middle Tennessee State, to go along with 16 assists and five digs ... Totaled 62 assists, 11 digs and five aces at the Creighton Classic, including serving up a career-high three aces against Colorado ... Tallied 18 assists, three digs and an ace against Rutgers to help lead the Illini to their best team hitting percentage (.473) in 11 years ... Posted 24 assists and two aces at Ohio State ... Saw action as a serving specialist at No. 5 Penn State, registering an ace ... Served up an ace with two digs at No. 13 Nebraska ... Registered two aces and two digs at Michigan State ... Recorded an ace at Rutgers ... Put up 19 assists, five digs and an ace vs. No. 10 Nebraska, running the 6-2 over the final two sets.
Selected as a member of the USA Volleyball Junior National Team that finished 17th in the 2013 FIVB World Championsip in Brno, Czech Republic ... Played with the USA Volleyball Youth National Team in 2010-11 and the 2010 Youth Olympic Team, winning the gold medal at the 2010 NORCECA Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and playing in Ankara, Turkey in 2011 ... Led the Youth National Team to back-to-back gold medals at High Performance Championships 2010, 2011.
At Arizona State
2013: Did not play in order to be immediately eligible after transferring.
2012: Starting setter for the Sun Devils as a freshman ... Broke the ASU single-season assists record, with 1,482 assist over 128 sets ... Totalled 271 digs, 46 blocks, 21 service aces, 13 kills and a .342 hitting percentage ... Tied for the team lead with 10 double-doubles, including recording 52 assists and 12 digs against Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament ... Named to the Dean's List in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.
Named a top-50 junior recruit by PrepVolleyball.com ... A four-year starter for Laguna Beach High School under head coach Lance Stewart, playing both setter and libero for the Breakers ... Led LBHS to four straight Orange Coast League Championships with a perfect 36-0 record over her career ... All-county 2011 ... First-Team All-CIF 2010, 2011 ... Orange Coast League MVP 2011 ... Orange Coast All-League First Team 2009, 2010, 2011; Second Team 2008 ... Laguna Beach High School All-Sports MVP 2011-12 ... Played 10 seasons with the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club under coach Michael Soylular ... Won a silver medal with the USA Volleyball Select White HP Team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2009 ... Won the gold medal at the 2009 Facific Northwest Junior Olympic Qualifier 16 Open, and third place at the Southern California JOQ 16 Open ... In 2008, she won gold medals at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics 15 Open (Dallas, Texas), along with the Southern California and Pacific Northwest qualifiers ... Took silver in 2008 with USA Volleyball Select Red High Performance Team (Tucson, Arizona) ... Won gold at the 2007 HP Championships with SCVA Select Team (Ft. Lauderdale) and placed fifth at the Junior Olympics 14 Open (Minneapolis) ... Won gold in the 2006 Volleyball Festival 13's Division.
Born on January 22, 1994, in Mission Viejo, California ... Daughter of Rosemary and Sylvain Palmer ... Has an older brother Andrew, who played golf for Cornell, and an older sister Alexandra, who played volleyball for Minnesota ... Extremely talented student, who won the Academic Excellence Award in 13 different subjects in high school, also winning the PRIDE Award for AB Calculus and Economics ... Rotary Club Academic Student of the Month in October 2011 ... Won the 2008 LBHS English Department Essay Competition ... Principal's Academic Award 2007, 2008 ... Enjoys stand-up paddleboarding and reading ... Majoring in accountancy.
Career Single-Match Highs
K: 3 vs. Idaho State (8/24/12)*
Getting to Know Allison