#8-seed Florida defeated #9-seed Illinois, 3-2
Jocelynn Birks garners her second straight unanimous All-Big Ten selection
The libero averaged 4.89 digs per set over the weekend
Friday's match will air live on Big Ten Network
The libero tabs her second career conference weekly honor
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 defeated Michigan in four sets on Senior Night at Huff Hall.
Match-By-Match Stats: 2014
2014: Started all 34 matches at libero as a true freshman ... Posted the second-most single-season digs in Illini history with 575, adding 131 assists, 20 aces and two kills ... Ranked second in the nation among freshmen and 38th overall in total digs ... 4th in the Big Ten in digs per set, including third in Big Ten play ... Posted 10 20-dig performances, including 26 at then-No. 2 Stanford ... Started all three matches of the Illini Classic at libero, totaling 33 digs and 13 assists. Neared a double-double in the 3-set victory over Southern Illinois, tallying nine digs and eight assists ... Registered her first 20-dig performance at No. 2 Stanford, tallying 26 digs and five assists against the Cardinal ... Recorded her first career kill against Middle Tennessee State, catching the Blue Raiders off guard with a well-placed overpass ... Named Most Valuable Player of the Creighton Classic and subsequently the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 22 after averaging 5.4 digs per set to lead the Illini to the Creighton Classic Title. Posted 23 digs against Creighton while helping Illinois to record the first match in three years in which the Illini did not allow an ace to its opponent ... Recorded the most digs in a three-set match since 1988 by posting 25 along with six assists to lead Illinois past No. 18 Minnesota, 3-0, leading to Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honors ... Posted 19 digs and eight assists against No. 6 Wisconsin, serving up an 11-0 run including two aces to take the third set, 25-11 ... Tallied 21 digs and a kill at Ohio State ... Recorded 14 digs, three assists and a career-high three service aces against No. 5 Penn State ... Registered her fifth 20-dig performance with 23 at No. 13 Nebraska ... Tallied 24 digs and two service aces in the Illini's win over No. 13 Purdue ... Earned her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on Nov. 3 after averaging 4.9 digs on the Michigan trip, including 25 in the four-set win at MSU ... Posted 19 digs over the first two and half sets at Northwestern before leaving the match for the first time in her to career due to illness ... Tallied 21 digs and an ace in the four-set win over Northwestern ... Recorded 22 digs in four sets at No. 2 Wisconsin, and landed an ace to tie the score at 24-24 in the fourth set ... Registered 25 digs and eight assists against No. 10 Nebraska, and had two aces vs. Michigan ... Put up 27 digs in the NCAA Opening Rounds against Murray State and Iowa State.
Four-year outside hitter for Williamsville High School under head coach Stacey Carlson ... Led the Bullets to two regional championships, the 2011 county championship and the 2012 sectional championships ... Set school records for kills (367) and digs (447) as a senior, after breaking the record for service aces (48) her sophomore year ... Sangamo All-Conference First Team 2011, 2012, 2013; Second Team 2010 ... All-Area Player of the Year 2013 ... All-area first team 2011, 2012, 2013 ... All-state second team 2013; honorable mention 2011, 2012 ... MaxPreps Player of the Week 2012 ... PrepVolleyball.com Top 250 Senior Aces ... Played club volleyball for Illini Elite Cardinal, placing in the top 20 at AAU Nationals in three-straight seasons 2010, 2011, 2012 ... Also played three seasons of softball for Williamsville, setting the school record for batting average in 2013 and earning first-team all-conference, first-team all-area and second-team all-state as a junior and leading the Bullets to a second-place finish at 2A State Championships in 2012.
Born on December 29, 1995, in Springfield, Illinois ... Daughter of Cathy and Chick Donnelly ... Has three older siblings, Brett, Brittani and Brandon ... Brother, Brandon, played baseball at Benedictine University ... Has five cousins who played college volleyball ... Enjoys softball, country music concerts, shopping and going to the beach ... Member of National Honor Society ... Majoring in kinesiology.
Career Single-Match Highs
K: 1, 2x-last at Ohio State (10/8/14)
Getting To Know Brandi
Nicknames: B, BD, Bdonn, BJ