Photos from the Illini's alumni match as a part of reunion weekend on May 19, 2013.
Johannah Bangert joined the Illini volleyball staff in January, 2013, as Director of Operations. Bangert's duties include coordinating scheduling, assisting with visiting teams' travel, and compliance. She serves as the marketing, equipment and event management liaison, while also working directly with the Illini Networkers, the volleyball booster club.
Bangert played every match at middle blocker for Illinois from 2007-10, and graduated as the Illini's all-time blocking leader, stuffing a total of 653. Bangert holds the Big Ten record for career block assists, putting up 613 throughout her career.
A member of the sixth-ranked recruiting class, Bangert hit .588 with 11 kills against Bowling Green in her collegiate debut. The middle blocker finished her rookie season ranked fourth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage (.358) and eighth in aces per set (0.26).
As a sophomore, Bangert broke Illinois' single-season block assist record, tallying 195, and became just the second Illini in history to stuff 200 total blocks in a season, tabbing 202. The middle led the nation in blocks (1.60 per set) and was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and Honorable Mention All-Mideast Region.
Bangert led the nation in blocks once again in 2009 (1.58), and was named Honorable Mention All-America, HM All-Region and All-Big Ten.
In her senior season, Bangert broke the Big Ten all-time block assists record and set a new Illinois total blocks record, surpassing Mary Eggers' 22-year-old record of 562 with 653 total career blocks. She is the only Illini ever to break the 500-mark in block assists, finishing with a conference-best 613.
Throughout her career, Bangert was named Defensive Player of the Week five times, was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and became Illinois' third Academic All-American, garnering first-team honors in 2010.
Bangert graduated from the University of Illinois in May, 2011, with a degree in Mathematics.
Following her playing career at Illinois,Bangert signed a professional volleyball contract with the Ljungby Volleyboll Klubb in Sweden, where she played in 2011-12.
2010 Set a Big Ten career block assists record with 613 on the season, breaking the old mark of 612 held by Heather Dodaro of Wisconsin The third Illini ever to be named Academic All-American, she was one of just six first-team honorees Earned Academic All-Big Ten Preseason All-Big Ten Broke Illinois' career record for blocks on Oct. 2 vs. Northwestern and finished with 653 for her career Became the 10th Big Ten player to surpass the 600 career blocks mark and ranks seventh in Big Ten history in blocks Named to the State Farm Illini Classic All-Tournament Team Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage (.370) Ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 36th in the nation in blocks (1.25 per set) in all matches Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Ameritas Players Challenge after totalling 19 blocks while hitting .400 for the tournament. Had 11 kills while hitting .611 and added nine blocks in the five-set win over Penn State, breaking the Nittany Lions' 65-match Big Ten winning streak. Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after tallying 10 blocks and seven kills in victory over Michigan and six blocks vs. Michigan State. Combined for 12 block assists in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament
2009 Named Honorable Mention All-Region Named Honorable Mention All-America Named All-Big Ten Academic All-Big Ten Named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Led nation in blocks in 2009 at 1.58 bps Led the Big Ten in blocks during conference matches at 1.73 bps Moved into fifth on Illinois all-time blocks list (492) Her 179 blocks were third-best in school history, behind Denise Fracora '85 (225) and her own 2008 title Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 12 after averaging 2.4 blocks per set in victories over Purdue and Indiana and hitting .800 vs. the Hoosiers Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career on Oct. 26 after hitting .455 with seven kills and 14 blocks vs. Wisconsin, one shy of the school single-match total blocks record with one solo block and a school-record tying 13 block assists. Bangert added eight blocks vs. Iowa. Also tied the Illinois single-match block assists record with 13 vs. Purdue on Oct. 9. Bangert now has five of the top eight on the list, including 12 twice in 2008 Tallied eight blocks vs. Cincinnati and seven blocks vs. Louisville Hit .706 in the season-opening Bluejay Invitational to earn All-Tournament accolades Hit .417 with seven kills and six blocks vs. Ohio State. Combined with Michelle Bartsch for match-deciding block in five-set comeback win over Michigan.
2008 Named Honorable Mention All-Mideast Region Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Named Academic All-Big Ten Starter at middle blocker Led the Big Ten and the nation in blocks (1.60 per set) Had 10 block assists vs. Western Kentucky in the NCAA First Round Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 24 after posting nine blocks vs. both Purdue and Michigan St. Also won the honor on Nov. 3 after leading the Illini to road wins over Michigan and Ohio State. She had six kills, hit .364 and tallied six blocks vs. OSU then had nine blocks, five kills and a .714 attack percentage in the victory over Michigan Named to the All-Tournament team at the Billiken Invitational after hitting .464 with 25 kills and 10 block assists for the tourney The second Illini ever to record 200 blocks in a season, Bangert finished second all-time with 202 total blocks Tallied a career-best 12 block assists in a victory over No. 23 New Mexico State and followed that with eight block assists in the evening in a five-set comeback win over Oregon Scored the final four points, three on block assists, in a crucial third set vs. Indiana en route to 11 blocks assists for the night Had seven kills and hit .467 vs. Tennessee Has 10 matches with at least nine blocks.
2007 One of four freshmen in the starting rotation Had 11 kills while hitting .588 in her collegiate debut vs. Bowling Green Totaled a then-career-high nine blocks vs. Dayton Hit .413 with 24 kills overall at the Dayton Flyer Classic Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage in conference only matches (.329) and fourth in overall matches (.358) Ranked eighth in the conference in aces per game (0.26) Led team in blocks 16 times Tallied double-digit kills in eight matches, including a career-high 13 against Texas A&M CC Registered seven blocks or more in a match seven times, including a career-high three block solos against Michigan Had 10 kills while hitting .500 vs. Michigan Tallied eight blocks in 3-2 victory at Michigan St.
High School Ranked No. 45 nationally and named an All-American by prepvolleyball.com Two-time all-state selection in Missouri, helping Washington to third in the state in 2006 after the Blue Jays finished fourth in 2005 Named All-Metro Player of the Year All-State Academic First team Posted a .524 hitting percentage with 4.1 kills per game in 2006 after hitting .472 and .372, respectively, in the past two seasons Named First Team All-Area A two-sport athlete, was a three-time state qualifier in both the long and triple jumps, placing third at the state meet in the triple jump in 2006, while also breaking the school record of 36-6 in that event Bettered that mark in 2007 with leap of 37-8 1/2, while also setting a school record 18-9 in the long jump, the best jump in the state in 2007 Coached by Doris Jones at Washington Played for Washington VBC (coached by Terri Jacquin), Show Me Elite (coached by Shane Allen) and Team Missouri (coached by Carrie Steel and Rick Mullersman) Playing for Team Missouri, was named to the all-tournament Team at the national tournament in 2006, leading the club to third in the national division, then placing 14th in the 18U in 2007 Playing for Show-Me Elite 15, was named an AAU All-American in 2004.
Personal Daughter of Mark and Lisa Bangert Majored in Mathematics Sister Jessica graduated from Concordia (Wis.) University Brother Joshua was a member of the Drake University track team.
Johannah Bangert's Career Highs K:13, twice, last at Nebraska (9/11/10) TA: 27, twice, last at Nebraska (9/11/10) PCT: .800 (8-0-10) vs. Indiana (10/10/09) A: 3, 2x, last vs. Purdue (10/15/10) SA: 3 at Michigan State (9/28/07) D: 7 at Northwestern (11/25/09) BS: 3 at Michigan (9/12/07) BA: 13, twice, last at Wisconsin (10/23/09) TB: 14 at Wisconsin (10/23/09)