Match-up against Chinese Professional team posts another test
National Coach of the Year under contract through 2016 season
Illini honor four seniors at Networkers year-end banquet.
Bartsch, Ward honored as All-Americans
Illini set records in historic Final Four Season
2011 Named First Team All-America...Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after combining for 44 kills and 35 digs in matches against USC and UCLA...Tallied 27 kills and 22 digs while hitting .268 in the national semifinal victory over USC...Served four straight points in critical fifth set vs. USC...Named All-Big Ten...Named All-Mideast Region...Named Most Outstanding Player of the Gainesville Regional, posting 38 kills and 20 digs while hitting .319 ... Matched season high with 23 kills and hit .500 against her former school, Florida, to clinch a Final Four berth ... Named to the all-tournament team at the BYU/Nike Invitational after recording 40 kills and 32 digs for the tournament ... Named to the all-tournament team at the State Farm Illini Classic after hitting .241 with 49 kills and 42 digs in three matches ... Had the match-winning kill in a five-set comeback victory over Dayton and five kills and hit .625 in the fifth set vs. the Flyers ... Had double digit kills in 32 of 37 matches this and double-digit digs in 21 matches in 2011... Led the team with 20 aces ... Ranked 7th in the Big Ten in kills per set (3.78) and 7th in points per set (4.23) ... Had a combined 29 kills in road wins at #25 Ohio State and #8 Penn State ... Hit .538 with 22 kills and only 1 error in the win against Michigan State ... Turned in her first 20-20 match with 20 kills and 20 digs in a three-set win over Northwestern, which is also tied for second-most kills in a Big Ten three-set match this season ... Hit a career high .560 with 15 kills and only 1 error in the win at Indiana ... Totaled 19 kills and only two errors between the opening rounds sweeps over CMU and Marquette in the NCAA Tournament ...Led team in kills in the NCAA Tournament with 101 and averaged a .298 hitting percentage
Named second-team All-America, first-team All-Mideast Region and All-Big Ten ... Ranked seventh in kills per set during the NCAA Tournament (5.00), leading the tournament through two rounds at 6.29 per set ... Set Illinois' single-match ace record with nine vs. BYU ... Served 11 straight points in one stretch vs. BYU, which included eight aces ... Had 19 kills and hit .382 in Illinois debut vs. BYU ... Had seven kills in eight attacks, hitting .875 in fourth set vs. Middle Tennessee ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Time Warner Cable Invitational after totaling 17 kills and hitting .311 ... With set three tied at 11 against Texas, served seven straight points, two on aces, to preserve the win over the Longhorns ... In the Big Ten, ranked third in kills (3.99 per set) and points (4.50 per set) ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Ameritas Players Challenge after totaling 57 kills (5.18 pet set) and 31 digs ... In that tournament, hit .400 with 19 kills vs. No. 20 Dayton and added 20 kills, 13 digs and four blocks at No. 7 Nebraska ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge, posted two 20-kill matches -- 29 vs. Cincinnati and 20 vs. Louisville ... In Laura DeBruler's absence (at both Nebraska and Louisville), Ward had 106 kills (5.30 kps) and hit .325 ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Sept. 27 after amassing 30 kills and 18 digs in victories over Penn State and Ohio State ... Led Illinois with 22 kills in a five-set win over Northwestern and 23 kills in a five-set victory against Minnesota ... Had six matches with at least 20 kills, including 27 in the second round which is the fourth-most ever by an Illini player in the NCAA Tournament ... Hit .369 with 44 kills and only six errors combined in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Ranked 10th in the SEC in kills (3.09 per set) and was named to the All-Tournament Teams at both the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational and the 31st Community Bankers Classic in 2009 ... Played in every set for a team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 before bowing out to eventual national champion Penn State ... Had 18 kills in a late-season upset of No. 10 Kentucky and 16 kills, six digs and three blocks in an early-season match with No. 11 Stanford ... Named to the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2008.
Ranked No. 7 nationally in the 2008 class by prepvolleyball.com ... Earned first-team All-America by both prepvolleyball.com and Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine as both a junior and a senior ... Earned Naperville Sun All-Area Player of the Year as a senior in 2007 ... Four-time AAU All-American playing for Sports Performance.
Career Statistics at Illinois
Colleen Ward's Career Highs
K: 29 vs. Cincinnati (9/17/10)
TA: 73 vs. Northwestern (10/2/10)
Pct: .407 (29-5-59) vs. Cincinnati (9/17/10)
A: 4, 3x, last at Iowa (11/19/10)
SA: 9 vs. BYU (8/27/10)
D: 17, 2x, last vs. Indiana (10/16/10)
BS: 2 at Michigan State (10/8/10
BA: 5 vs. Penn State (9/24/10)
TB: 5 vs. Penn State (9/24/10)
Career Plans: Play professionally followed by a career in corporate finance
Fun Fact: I plan on going on a cruise with my best friend every year
Favorite Movie: Marley and Me
Movie you've seen in theaters that you've regretted seeing the most: Saw II
Restaurant you have to get to when going home: Portillo's
Favorite Midnight Snack: Cereal
What are you most proud of and why? Transferring to Illinois and being accepted into the business program
Book you've read in the past year: Love is the Best Medicine
Favorite Quote: "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
Favorite Sundae Topping: Caramel
Weirdest Quirk: I have to paint my nails at least once a week
Favorite College Class: Calculus
Crazy thing you dream of doing someday: Skydive
Who did you idolize growing up? My parents
Secret Talent: I can pretty much fall asleep anywhere
Favorite Game: Beach volleyball
Lucky Number: 6
Favorite Artist: Lady Gaga
Favorite Song: Born This Way
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Chicago Bears
Favorite TV Show: The Office