Jocelynn Birks garners her second All-America award with a Second Team selection
#8-seed Florida defeated #9-seed Illinois, 3-2
Jocelynn Birks takes home her second straight All-Region award
Jocelynn Birks garners her second straight unanimous All-Big Ten selection
Brandi Donnelly posted her 500th dig in the match
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: Started all 34 matches at outside hitter, playing all six rotations and appearing in all 130 sets ... Led the team with 527 kills, 601 points and 31 aces, adding 336 digs, 83 blocks and 37 assists, hitting .234 ... Became the second Illini ever to register three 500-kill seasons and is on pace to become the all-time kills leader ... Led the Big Ten in kills, kills per set, points, points per set and double-doubles in all matches as well as during Big Ten play ... Ranked 18th in the nation in total kills ... Third among active juniors, ranking 19th overall among active players, sitting in 14th in kills per set among active players ... Ranked 9th in single-season kills and 10th in attempts ... Already 4th in career attempts (4,397), 8th in kills (1,537), and 8th in points (1,741.5) ... Posted 18 double-doubles on the season, which is three shy of the all-time Illini record, while ranking fourth with 42 for her career ... Registered eight 20-kill matches, including 26 at Michigan on 11/1 ... Recorded 10 double-doubles in 11 matches from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8 ... Named to the Illini Classic All-Tournament team after leading the Illini with 32 kills to go along with 23 digs and two service aces. Led Illinois with 12 kills, hitting .455, against both Long Beach State and Southern Illinois, then tallied nine digs, eight kills, two blocks and two aces against No. 20 North Carolina ... Posted her first double-double of the season at No. 2 Stanford, registering 16 kills and 17 digs, the second-most digs of her career ... Registered her 20th career 20-kill match against Virginia Tech, registering a double-double with 20 kills and 12 digs ... Hit .323 with 16 kills, an ace and a solo block in the three-set victory over Washington State ... Hit .325 with 18 kills, 11 digs, three blocks and a career-high-tying thee aces in four sets against Creighton ... Followed by tallying 18 kills and 14 digs with three blocks and an ace against Colorado ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Sept. 29 after hitting .404 with 4.5 kills per set against Maryland and Rutgers. Hit .444 with 15 kills and 10 digs against Maryland, then had 12 kills, seven digs and three aces against Rutgers ... Tallied 17 kills, three aces, three blocks and five digs in the three-set victory over No. 18 Minnesota, using three straight service aces to give Illinois its first lead of the match, 16-15 ... Posted her 21st career 20-kill performance and 30th double-double by hitting .340 with 22 kills, 13 digs, four blocks and two aces against No. 6 Wisconsin ... Recorded a double-double with 17 kills, 13 digs, four blocks and an ace at Ohio State ... Nailed 19 kills, hitting .472, with 12 digs for her third straight double-double to lead the Illini past No. 5 Penn State in four sets ... Led the Iowa match with 21 kills, posting her fourth straight double-double with 10 digs to go with three blocks and an ace ... Increased her double-double streak to five straight with 19 kills, 13 digs and four blocks in the Illini’s marquee victory at No. 13 Nebraska ... Struggled early offensively against No. 13 Purdue, but rebounded to near a triple-double with 12 kills, 11 digs and a career-high eight blocks ... Posted her fifth career 20-kill match against Michigan in as many meetings, leading the Illini back from down 0-2 to win in five sets at the Wolverines by hitting .311 with 26 kills and 13 digs ... Registered her second career 20-dig match against Northwestern, totaling 21 digs, 14 kills, five blocks and three service aces in the Illini’s four-set victory ... Posted her 40th career double-double and 24th 20-kill match at No. 2 Wisconsin, putting up 20 kills and 16 digs, including nailing 11 kills in the second set alone ... Put up 22 kills in the first four sets against No. 10 Nebraska, totaling 10 digs for her 17th double-double ... Hit .444 with 14 kills and nine digs against Murray State in the NCAA First Round, then slammed 23 kills, hitting .408, against Iowa State in round two, the second-most kills in a postseason three-set match in program history.
2013: Started all 33 matches at outside hitter, playing all six rotations and appearing in all 124 sets ... Led the team with 500 kills, 570 points and 28 service aces, adding 278 digs, 76 blocks, 20 assists, and led all regular serve receivers with a .956 reception percentage ... Became just the third Illini ever to post multiple 500-kill seasons ... Finished her sophomore campaign ranked second in the nation among active players in career attacks per set and ninth in career kills per set ... Ranked third among active underclassmen with 1,010 total career kills ... Finished fifth in the Big Ten in both kills and points per set on the season, ranking fourth in both categories and seventh in service aces during Big Ten play ... Finished 38th in the NCAA in kills on the season and 40th in points ... Her 1,584 attack attempts ranks fourth all-time at Illinois, and her 500 kills ties for 13th ... Already ranks 11th all-time at Illinois in career attack attempts, with 3,042 through two seasons ... Registered 11 double-doubles on the season and eight 20-kill matches ... Ranks fourth all-time at Illinois with 19 career 20-kill matches; her eight in 2013 ranks 10th on the single-season chart ... Named the Most Valuable Player at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational after leading the tournament with 58 kills, adding 15 digs and six blocks ... Tallied 22 kills against both No. 18 Florida State and No. 17 Kentucky to move into seventh all-time at Illinois with 13 career 20-kill matches. Her 22 kills and 25 points against Florida State were the most in a 3-set match since the move to 25-point rally scoring in 2008 ... Led the Illini in kills in both matches at the Iowa State Challenge, totaling 29 over two matches to go with 13 digs, three blocks and an ace ... Registered two double-doubles at the Illini Classic, including 21 kills, 12 digs and three aces against No. 2 Texas ... Had a season-high 17 digs at Duke ... Had a solid all-around match against Iowa, tabbing three aces, 10 digs and two blocks despite being limited to nine kills ... Was lights-out at No. 14 Michigan, slamming 21 kills and eight digs. Hit .529 with nine kills and no errors in the first two sets, then went 5-for-11 in error-free play in the fifth set ... Notched her second-straight 20-kill match at No. 20 Purdue, earning a double-double with 22 kills, 10 digs, three blocks and an ace ... Hit a season-high .406 at Indiana, registering 15 kills, eight digs and three blocks ... Had back-to-back double-doubles against No. 4 Penn State and No. 17 Ohio State, adding seven blocks and an ace on the weekend ... Notched her third-straight double-double at Northwestern with 14 kills, 11 digs and three blocks ... Earned her fourth-straight double-double at No. 16 Wisconsin, totaling 15 kills, 10 digs and a season-high five blocks ... Tallied 18 kills in the 3-set victory at Iowa, adding 11 digs for a double-double ... Notched her 17th career 20-kill performance against No. 17 Michigan, cruising for 22 kills, 11 digs, six blocks and two aces ... Registered her second-straight 20-kill match against No. 13 Michigan State, leading the Illini to victory with 21 kills and 10 digs ... Led the Big Ten in service aces on Nov. 15-16, tallying three vs. Indiana and two against No. 18 Purdue, adding 22 kills, 12 digs and three blocks on the weekend ... Tops on the team in kills at both Ohio State and Penn State, tallying 15 kills, five blocks, nine digs and an ace against the Buckeyes, then recording her 19th career 20-kill match with 22 at Penn State ... Hit .316 with 16 kills and two aces to lead the Illini past Northwestern in three sets ... Hit .308 with 16 kills and 12 digs against Morehead State, then overcame a slow start to tally 19 kills, eight digs, three aces and three digs against Marquette to lead Illinois to the NCAA Regional ... Registered her 1,000th career kill in the NCAA Regional against Purdue, and became the third Illini ever to record two 500-kill seasons ... Named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team after leading the Illini with 12 kills, nine digs and an ace against Purdue.
2012: Tallied 510 kills, 1,458 attacks, 262 digs, 27 aces and 60 blocks (seven solo) on the season, ranking 10th all-time at Illinois in single-season kills and sixth in attacks ... Finished sixth in the Big Ten and 44th in the nation in kills, and seventh in the Big Ten and 52nd in the NCAA in points ... Third in the nation among freshmen in kills and fifth in points ... Led the Illini in kills and aces, was second in digs and third in solo blocks ... Had the second-most kills in an Illinois collegiate debut with 16 vs. Dayton ... Registered 25 kills against Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and was named to the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge All-Tournament team ... Named MVP of the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational after leading the tournament with 60 kills, including 20+ twice, and recording a double-double in all three matches ... Named Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Week on Sept. 17 after her performance in Texas ... Registered the 31st 20-20 in Illinois history against Penn State (20k, 23d), becoming the 17th overall and fifth first-year player to achieve the feat ... Recorded 14 kills in the third set at Michigan, the most in a single set since at least 2002 ... Tops on the team with a personal-best three aces against Northwestern, including back-to-back aces early in the crucial third set ... Served up three aces again against Purdue on Oct. 31 ... Set Big Ten personal marks with 23 kills and a .392 clip against Indiana, leading to her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week nod ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for a third time after averaging 5.22 kills against MSU and Michigan, notching 22 vs. MSU and tying her then-career high with 25 kills vs. Michigan ... Garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Week once again on Nov. 26, her third honor in the month of November and fifth overall, after averaging 5.9 kills, 2.8 digs and 0.6 blocks at Northwestern and Iowa, including a career-high 28 kills against the Wildcats ... Had 11 20-kill performances (sixth-most all-time) and 13 double-doubles on the season ... Led the team in kills in 22 of the 30 matches on the season, tabbing the most attacks in every match of the year.
2011: Used the season as a redshirt year.
Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Sun-Times all-area performer in 2010 after being named the Suburban Life all-area MVP in 2009 ... Named to the ESPN All-America second team ... Named News-Gazette state Player of the Year ... Ranked 26th in prepvolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces ... Named all-West Suburban Conference Silver Division ... Helped Lyons Township to the 2010 state title and to second in the state in 2009 ... Led the Lions with 18 kills in the state championship game ... Her 467 kills rank second in Lyons Township history for a single-season ... Named Lyons Township Female Athlete of the Year ... Played for the 1st Alliance Club team that placed fifth at the USAV Nationals in the 17 silver division, fifth at the JVDA National Championships and third at the AAU National Championship ... Tallied 441 kills, 47 blocks and 130 digs in 2009 and 419 kills, 38 blocks and 292 digs ... Named an AAU and Under Armour All-American ... Named the best passer at Under Armour All-Americans ... Coached by Joann Pyritz at Lyons Township and Beth Keck at 1st Alliance.
Daughter of Jeff and Jeanette Birks ... Has three brothers, Justin, Jeffrey and Jeremy ... Received the Diamond Achievement Award ... Majoring in elementary education, with a concentration in language arts ... Enjoys coloring.
Career Single-Match Highs
K: 28 at Northwestern (11/21/12)
Getting to Know Jocelynn
Nickname: Jock, Jozzy, Josu