Women's Volleyball

Annie Luhrsen
Annie Luhrsen

RS Senior

Wheaton, Ill.

High School:
Wheaton-Warrenville South

Last College:




Youth Tops Experience at Alumni Match

The current Illini defeated the alumni team, 3-0


Illinois Volleyball Year in Review

Youth and resilience categorize 2012 season


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois at Northwestern - Nov. 21, 2012

Photos by Craig Pessman from the Illini's 3-2 victory at Northwestern on Nov. 21, 2012.


Illinois vs. Michigan 11/17/12

Photos from match between Illinois and Michigan on Nov. 17.


Illinois vs. Penn State 10/6/12

Photos from Illinois vs. Penn State match


Illinois at Purdue (Sept. 29, 2012)

Photos from the Illini's 5-set match in West Lafayette, Ind.


Illinois vs. Ohio State - Oct. 5, 2012

Photos from the Illini's 5-set match with Ohio State.

At Illinois

2012: Big Ten Setter of the Week (11/26) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Started the first 17 matches of the season, making 26 total starts ... Registered 1,182 assists, 67 kills, 202 digs, 66 blocks and 16 service aces on the season ... Finished sixth in the Big Ten and 60th in the nation in assists, averaging 10.65 ... Finished her career ranked eighth all-time in career assists at Illinois (2,806) ... Recorded the Illini's first double-double of the season against Ohio, with 48 assists and 12 digs ... Was one of four Illini to earn double-doubles against Cincinnati on Sept. 15, notching 49 assists and 12 digs ... Had a then-season-high 60 assists against Wisconsin, making it a double-double with 12 digs and five kills ... Surpassed the 60-assist mark for the second time at No. 13 Purdue, tabbing 62 to go with nine digs ... Registered her 3,500th career assist (including UConn) on Oct. 6 against Penn State ... Returned to the starting lineup at Minnesota on Oct. 28 ... Tabbed her 2,500th career assist at Illinois against Indiana on Nov. 3 ... Had a productive match at No. 15 Ohio State, tabbing a season-high 63 assists and a career-high 15 digs for her 17th career double-double ... Put on an all-around great performance against Michigan on her Senior Night, registering a double-double with 47 assists and 10 digs, hitting .429 with three kills and no errors, and registering four block assists ... Named Big Ten Setter of the Week on Nov. 26 after tallying 112 assists, 17 digs, four blocks and three kills in wins at Northwestern and Iowa.

2011: All-NCAA Tournament Team ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (11/28) ... Middle Tennessee State Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... First year as Illinois' starting setter ... Played in all 37 matches, starting all but one ... Tallied 1,603 assists, 117 kills, 316 digs, 71 blocks and 19 service aces, finishing sixth on Illinois' all-time single-season assists list ... Ranked 3rd in the Big Ten and 28th in the nation in assists per set (11.21) ... Had 118 assists in her first three matches. Also helped the Illini to a .270 attack percentage ... Had a career-best 68 assists vs. Dayton and 66 assists against Tulsa, which rank as the top two single match marks by a Big Ten player this season ... Named to the all-tournament team at the MTSU Invitational, averaging 13.08 assists per set with 157 total assists in three wins ... Had 12 double-doubles on the season, including in both matches at the Final Four (11 digs, 66 assists vs. USC and 14 digs and 47 assists vs. UCLA) ... Named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after tallying 268 assists (11.65 per set) and 52 digs (2.26 per set) during the tourney ... Posted 50 or more assists nine times ... Named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 28) after recording 96 assists and hitting .326 in home wins against Northwestern and Iowa ... Ranks 6th on the Illinois' single-season assists list with 1,603 ... Had 30-plus assists in both sweeps over CMU and Marquette to start the NCAA Tournament ... Averaged 47 assists and five kills at the Gainesville Regional.

2010: Academic All-Big Ten ... Made four appearances as a redshirt sophomore, coming in to set in the back row late in sets as part of a double switch when Hillary Haen was in the front row ... Led Illinois with 18 assists against Florida A&M.

2009: Redshirted the 2009 season as per NCAA transfer regulations.

At UConn

Was named the 2008 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, earning a spot on the conference first-team ... Named AVCA Northeast Regional Freshman of the Year ... Tied a BIG EAST record with six Freshman of the Week honors ... Tallied 1,165 assists ... Ranks third on the UConn single-season list with 65 aces on the season ... Ranked 10th in the country with 0.53 aces per set ... Tallied 217 digs and 73 blocks.

High School

Coached by William C. Schreier at Wheaton-Warrenville South ... Played for Sports Performance Volleyball Club, which won a gold in the 15U American Division in 2005, placed third in the National Division in 2006 and a silver in the American Division 18U in 2007 ... Three-time All-DuPage Valley Conference selection ... Two-time all-state selection by the Champaign News-Gazette ... Received all-state accolades from the Chicago Tribune ... Named all-area twice by the Chicago Sun-Times ... Member of the 2008 USA Volleyball Junior National Training team.


Birthday is July 27 ... Daughter of Dane and Mary Beth Luhrsen ... Majoring in finance ... Sister, Katie, played volleyball at both Illinois and Maryland ... Brother, John, lettered two years in volleyball at Ohio State ... Brother, Eric, plays football at Eastern Illinois ... Enjoys music, drawing, reading, running and biking with her dad ... Would like to participate in the Teach for America program then attend law school.

Luhrsen's Career Single-Match Highs

K: 6, 4x-last vs. Cincinnati (9/15/12)
TA: 15 vs. Ohio State (12/9/11)
Pct: .714 vs. Wisconsin (10/28/11)
A: 68 vs. Dayton (9/3/11)
SA: 3, 3x-last at Texas (9/14/12)
D: 15, 2x-last at Ohio State (11/10/12)
BS: 1, 6x, last vs. Michigan State (11/16/12)
BA: 6 vs. Cincinnati (9/15/12)
TB: 6 vs. Cincinnati (9/15/12)


Getting to know Annie

Nicknames: Annie, Anzie, Doctah
Career Plans: I would like to participate in Teach for America program, possibly attend law school, backpack across the country and Europe and write a novel about it, and work in microfinance extending loans to women in developing countries to help them start their own businesses, among other things.
Book you've read in the past year: Mountains Beyond Mountains
Favorite Subject in High School: Gym and Choir
Favorite TV Shows: Right now it is between Glee, Gilmore Girls and Hannah Montana
Famous people you admire and why: John Wooden, because he was an innovator and wrote the book on success, literally. Lady Gaga, because as crazy as she seems, she does everything for a reason and puts a lot of thought into it all.
Website I most often visit: Google
What is your favorite game? Capture the flag was my favorite as a kid
Who did you idolize growing up? Mia Hamm
Secret Talent: I can hyperextend my fingers
Favorite Athlete: After the stunts he pulled at the dunk contest, my current favorite is Blake Griffin
Favorite Sundae Toppings: Whipped cream, cherries and sprinkles
Favorite Movies: Good Will Hunting, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Sound of Music, Blood Diamond, Miracle
Restaurants you have to get to when going home: Lou Malnati's, Portillo's and Jack Straws