Women's Volleyball

Brandi  Donnelly
Brandi Donnelly


Williamsville, Ill.

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Illini Come Up Just Short Against No. 5 Florida in Sweet 16

#8-seed Florida defeated #9-seed Illinois, 3-2


Four Illini Earn Big Ten Postseason Honors

Jocelynn Birks garners her second straight unanimous All-Big Ten selection


Donnelly Takes Home Third Freshman of the Week Award

The libero averaged 4.89 digs per set over the weekend


Illini Visit Michigan State, Michigan this Weekend

Friday's match will air live on Big Ten Network


Brandi Donnelly Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week

The libero tabs her second career conference weekly honor


Illinois vs. Florida - NCAA Regional - Dec. 12, 2014

Photos by Luke Lu from the Sweet Sixteen match between Illinois and Florida in Ames, Iowa.


NCAA 2nd Round vs. Iowa State

No. 10 Illinois vs. Iowa State in the NCAA Division I Tournament 2nd Round game.


NCAA 1st Round vs. Murrary State

Illinois vs. Murrary State in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament at Huff Hall on December 5, 2014.


#11 Illinois vs. Michigan - Match Photos

Illinois vs. Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, November 29th, 2014


Volleyball Senior Night

Illinois defeated Michigan in four sets on Senior Night at Huff Hall.

Career Honors
2014 Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Three-Time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (9/22, 10/6, 11/3)
Creighton Classic MVP

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.

High School

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)
TA: 2, 2x-last vs. South Dakota (9/20/14)
PCT: 1.000 (1-0-1) at Ohio State (10/8/14)
A: 8, 3x-last vs. Nebraska (11/28/14)
SA: 3 at Penn State (10/11/14)
D: 26 at Stanford (9/7/14)


Getting To Know Brandi

Nicknames: B, BD, Bdonn, BJ
Career Plans: Open my own gym/training facility
Fun Fact: My right hand is bigger than left
Favorite Movie: Perks of Being a Wallflower
Movie you've seen in theatres that you've regretted seeing the most: March of the Penguins
Restaurant you have to get to when going back home: SAMs Too
Favorite Midnight Snack: Pizza
Three things on your "bucket list": Visit Paris and Africa, and own a house on the beach
What are you most proud of and why? Having school records in batting average in softball and kills, digs, and service points in volleyball, because it was hard to focus intensely on both sports.
Famous person you admire and why? Ellen Degeneres, because she always has her head held high.
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? A house on the beach and a gym, then give the rest to my parents and family.
Book you've read in the past year: The Road
Favorite Quote: "It's not about the size of the dog in the fight, it's about the size of the fight in the dog."
Weirdest Quirk: I sleep with my closet light on.
Favorite Athlete: Yadier Molina
Favorite Professional Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family
Favorite Musical Group: Florida Georgia Line
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why? Hawaii, because of the amazing views and places to relax
Secret Talent: I can make a horse sound
Favorite Game? Pickle ball
Favorite subject in high school: Anatomy
Crazy thing you dream of doing someday: Skydive over Hawaii
Who did you idolize growing up: My brother, Brandon.