Women's Volleyball

Allison  Palmer
Allison Palmer

RS Sophomore

Laguna Beach, Calif.

High School:
Laguna Beach

Last College:
Arizona State





Illini Visit Michigan State, Michigan this Weekend

Friday's match will air live on Big Ten Network


Illini Fall Just Short of Upset at No. 2 Stanford

Morganne Criswell recorded the Illini's first blocks-kills double-double in three years


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


Illini Open Season with 3-0 Sweep of Long Beach State

Illinois led an efficient attack, outhitting the 49ers .333 to .102 with 10 blocks


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


#12 Illinois vs. #17 Ohio State

Illinois vs. Ohio State at Huff Hall Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Career Honors
Illini Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award
2012 (at Arizona State)
2012 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team

Match-By-Match Stats: 2012 (ASU) | 2014

At Illinois

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.

High School

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)*
TA: 6 vs. Idaho State (8/24/12)*
Pct: 1.000, 4x-last at Washington (11/21/12)*
A: 61 at Oregon (11/9/12)*
SA: 3x, 2x-last vs. Colorado (9/20/14)
D: 17, 2x-last vs. Gonzaga (9/15/12)*
BS: 1, 2x-last vs. Oklahoma (11/30/12)*
BA: 6 at Stanford (10/26/12)*
TB: 6 at Stanford (10/26/12)*
* At Arizona State


Getting to Know Allison

Nickname: Palms
Career Plans: CFO of a non-profit organization
Fun Fact: Has traveled to 14 countries
Favorite Movie: Despicable Me
Movie you've seen in theatre that you've regretted seeing the most: Drive
Restaurant you have to get to when going back home: True Foods Kitchen
Favorite Midnight Snack: Avocado
Three things on your "bucket list": Play professional volleyball overseas, go on a safari in South Africa, and swim with dolphins.
What are you most proud of and why? Being an athlete on the youth and junior national volleyball teams representing the USA.
Famous person you admire and why? Chris Paul, because he is an amazing athlete and leader
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? A tiger cub and a trampoline
Book you've read in the past year: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Favorite quote: "Things turn out the best for the people who make the best out of the ways things turn out." - John Wooden
Favorite Sundae Topping: Coconut whipped cream
Weirdest Quirk: I can't whistle
Favorite Athlete: Lindsey Berg
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Favorite TV Show: Big Bang Theory
Favorite Musical Group: Cheap Trick
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why? Greece, because of the culture and it's beautiful!
Secret talent: Compulsive organizing
Favorite Game: Egyptian rat screw
Favorite Subject in High School: Calculus
Crazy thing you dream of doing someday: Cage diving with sharks
Who did you idolize growing up? My sister