Youth and resilience categorize 2012 season
Annie Luhrsen named Setter of the Week, Birks garners Co-Freshman of the Week honors
Illini earn their first Big Ten sweep in their final match
McMahon and Birks combined for 58 kills, both setting career and team-season highs
Orange and Blue look to end season on a high note
Photos by Craig Pessman from the Illini's 3-2 victory at Northwestern on Nov. 21, 2012.
Photos from match between Illinois and Michigan on Nov. 17.
Photos from Illinois vs. Penn State match
Photos from the Illini's 5-set match in West Lafayette, Ind.
Photos from the Illini's 5-set match with Ohio State.
2012: Preseason All-Big Ten ... Started every match at libero ... Finished her junior year ranked second on Illinois' all-time digs list (1,694) ... After setting the top-two single-season digs marks in 2010 and 2011, she finished sixth in 2012 with 500 digs ... Recorded her 1,500th career dig against Northwestern on Oct. 17 ... Active career digs leader in the Big Ten; ranks 13th all time in conference history ... Led the team in digs, was second in aces and third in assists on the season ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in digs, averaging 4.07 per set ... Registered her first career double-double against Cincinnati (9/15) with 11 assists and 18 digs ... Directed the dynamic back line which put up 75 digs in a 3-2 victory over Wisconsin, recording 27 of those digs herself ... Picked up her first kill of the season at Michigan, bumping a backwards attack over the net and catching the Wolverines out of system ... Tabbed a second kill against Indiana and a third against Michigan State.
2011: Gainesville All-Regional Team ... Became the 10th Illinois player to surpass 1,000 digs, and finished the season ranked fifth in career digs with 1,194 ... Her 571 digs are second most in school history behind only her 623 she tallied as a freshman ... Recorded a career-high 35 digs at Purdue, which ranks as the most digs by an individual Big Ten player in a match this season and tied the fourth-most digs in school history ... The 35 digs came in only four sets, making it the most in program history by an Illini in a four-set match ... Sixth in the Big Ten in digs per set (4.26 per set) ... Had her fourth-best career digs match with 29 vs. Dayton ... Had double-digit digs in 30 matches ... Ranks second on the team in aces this season (27) ... Has a .953 serve/reception percentage ... Tied the Illinois NCAA Tournament record with 26 digs vs. Ohio State then topped it with 32 digs vs. USC in the National Semifinal ... Named to Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team after combining for 39 digs and seven assists against Ohio State and Florida.
2010: Named to the U.S. Junior National Team ... All-Mideast Region Honorable Mention ... Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week ... Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Became just the fourth opening day starting libero at Illinois ... Named the top libero as part of the all-tournament team at the Time Warner Cable Invitational ... Ranked second in the Big Ten in digs (4.83 dps) ... Was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times, on Sept. 6 after posting 31 digs combined in straight sets victories over both No. 2 Texas and Florida A&M; on Oct. 4 after tallying 32 and 27 digs, respectively, in victories over Wisconsin and Northwestern; on Oct. 18 after combining for 52 digs in wins Purdue and Indiana; and on Oct. 25 when she had just one reception error while posting 38 digs in wins over Minnesota and Iowa ... The 32 digs vs. Wisconsin are tied for the sixth-best by an Illinois player in a single match in school history ... Her 623 digs break Illinois' all-time single-season record.
Named to the ESPN RISE All-America First Team ... Named to prepvolleyball.com's "Team of the Decade" ... Ranked No. 60 in the class by prepvolleyball.com ... Libero for the USA Volleyball Youth National Team in 2008-09 (coached by Jime Stone) and 2010 (coached by Rob Browning) ... Named the best libero at the NORCECA Tournament, leading the USA team to the gold medal at the 2008 NORCECA Youth Continental Championships, which they also won in 2010 ... The USA Youth National team placed 12th at the World Championships ... Named first-team All-CIF and All-Sunshine League competing for Marymount High School (coached by Cari Klein) ... Led the Sailors to the Division IV state title ... Named Sunshine League MVP in 2010 for a team that won the conference title ... Played for the SCVC team that won the gold medal in the 15 Open Division in 2007 ... Played for Cal Juniors, SCVC and Sports Shack club teams ... Club coaches were Tim Jensen and Chris Geeter ... Named one of prepvolleyball.com's "Top 100 Aces" and "Defensive Dandies" ... 2010 USA WJNT won the gold medal qualifying for the World Championships 2011 ... Sports Shack 18-1 won the gold medal at the JO's Open 18 Division.
Daughter of Antonia Bonilla and Gustavo and Virna Beltran ... Has one brother, Isaiah ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Enjoys art, singing, shopping, music and volunteer work ... Named to the California Scholarship Federation four times ... Won the Art Award for performance in AP 3-D Studio Art.
K: 2 vs. Ohio State (11/12/11)
TA: 2, 2x-last vs. Ohio State (11/12/11)
Pct: 1.000, 6x-last vs. Michigan (11/17/12)
A: 11 vs. Cincinnati (9/15/12)
SA: 4 vs. Northwestern (10/2/10)
D: 35 at Purdue (11/2/11)