Morganne Criswell recorded the Illini's first blocks-kills double-double in three years
Birks, Criswell and McMahon (MVP) named All-Tournament
Sixteen Illini saw action in the match
Illinois led an efficient attack, outhitting the 49ers .333 to .102 with 10 blocks
The full 16-player squad for 2014 will be on campus beginning in January
The Fighting Illini faced off against North Carolina at Huff Hall during the Illini Classic!
Illinois takes on Long Beach State during "Stuff Huff". The Fighting Illini won 3-0
The women's volleyball team competed in an intrasquad competition at Huff Hall on Saturday, August 23. Several former Illini players were recognized prior to the exhibition.
Match-By-Match Stats: 2014
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.
Getting To Know Brandi
Nicknames: B, BD, Bdonn, BJ