Women's Volleyball

Julia  Conard
Julia Conard


West Chicago, Ill.

High School:
West Chicago




Illini Collect 59 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Selections

Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom


Red-Hot Buckeyes Knock Off Illini, 3-2

Buckeyes erase four match points to win 16-14 in the fifth


Illinois Takes Down In-State Foe SIU, 3-0

Sixteen Illini saw action in the match


Illini's Winning Streak Stopped at Six by No. 2 PSU

Jocelynn Birks registered her 19th career 20-kill match with 22


Illini Stop No. 16 Badgers in their Tracks, 3-1

Illinois captures its sixth victory over a ranked opponent in 2013


#12 Illinois vs. #17 Ohio State

Illinois vs. Ohio State at Huff Hall Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Illinois vs. Indiana

The Illini swept the visiting Hoosiers at Huff Hall on Friday, October 24th to kick off homecoming weekend!


Illinois hosts Maryland (9/26/14)

Pictures from Illinois' Big Ten matchup against Maryland.


Volleyball Alumni Exhibition

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.


Illinois vs. Nebraska 9/28/13

Photos from the Illinois vs. Nebraska match at Huff Hall

Career Honors
2014 Academic All-Big Ten
2013 Academic All-Big Ten

Match-By-Match Stats: 2012 | 2013 | 2014

2014: Played in 17 matches at defensive specialist ... Registered 103 digs, 21 assists and five service aces ... Saw action in the second and third sets against Southern Illinois, tallying five digs ... Came in to serve in the third set against Maryland ... Provided a much-needed defensive boost off the bench at Ohio State, recording seven digs in the final three sets ... Played back row for Liz McMahon at No. 5 Penn State, tallying a career-high 18 digs with three assists and no reception errors to help lead the Illini to a historic upset ... Posted nine digs in the Illini’s marquee victory at No. 13 Nebraska ... Tallied 13 kills in the Illini’s come-from-behind victory at Michigan ... Took over at libero for the final two sets at Northwestern after Donnelly left the match due to illness, posting a total of eight digs and four assists over the full five sets ... Posted 10 digs and two service aces—her first two of the season—against Northwestern ... Registered a career-high three service aces at Rutgers.

2013: Played in 16 matches at defensive specialist, making three starts ... Totaled 85 digs and two assists on the season ... Played back row for Illinois' outside hitters against No. 17 Kentucky and tallied four digs while providing a flawless performance on serve receive ... Registered nine digs against No. 14 San Diego at the Iowa State Challenge ... Recorded 10 digs in her first start of the season against No. 6 Washington, then topped that with 14 against No. 2 Texas ... Put up 15 digs on the weekend at No. 15 North Carolina and Duke ... Made her first appearance in nearly a month at Northwestern, registering a dig and helping with serve receive ... Played in the final two sets at No. 16 Wisconsin, helping the Illini right the ship after struggling in the third by tabbing nine digs in the Illini's victory ... Replaced Danielle Davis midway through the second set at Penn State, tallying five digs and an assist.

2012: Played in 26 matches on the season, making six starts ... After entering the starting lineup on 10/21, she registered at least seven digs in 10 of the final 11 matches ... Saw extended playing time against Northwestern, starting the third and fifth sets ... Made her first start against No. 4 Nebraska, tying her then-career high with eight digs ... Topped her career high with nine digs in her start at Wisconsin ... Served for the first time in Big Ten play against Indiana, and tabbed two aces ... Nearly doubled her career high with a team-leading 17 digs at No. 15 Ohio State ... Registered 15 digs against Michigan, contributing to a season-best 77 team digs ... Recorded 16 digs at Northwestern to help lead the Illini past the 'Cats, 3-2.

High School

Second-Team All-State ... Four-time All-DuPage Valley Conference performer ... Four-time Academic All-DVC ... Four-time all-area ... team captain ... West Chicago's all-time kills leader ... Member of first conference championship volleyball team in 31 years when the Wildcats won the DuPage Valley in 2010 ... WeGo won IHSA Regional titles in both 2010 and 2011 ... High School coach was Kris Hasty ... Senior stats included 339 kills, 29 blocks, 246 digs, and 51 aces ... Played for Club Fusion Black for five years ... Club coaches were Eric Schulze (18 Black), Steve Williams (17 Black), Mike Bui (16 & 15 Black) and Bill Milbourn (14 Black) ... Club Fusion placed 5th, 12th and 5th in 2010, `11 and `12, respectively, and won the JVA national championship in 2009 .. Conard was chosen to the all-national tournament team in 2009 and to the All-American team in 2010 and `12 ... Named Outstanding Player of the Tournament at the Prepvolleyball.com Classic Tournament in 2010, a tourney Club Fusion won ... Represented the U.S. in the 2011 Global Challenge in Croatia ... Played in Italy, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic on European Tour in 2012.


Born on March 21, 1994 ... Daughter of Torrey and Patricia Conard ... Has a brother, Robert, and a sister Laura, who played volleyball at North Central ... Enjoys shooting hoops, sand volleyball, biking, and watching movies ... Named prom queen ... Member of National Honor Society, Pep Club, and Interact Club ... Member of Governor's "Be Real" Anti-Drug Campaign ... Earned Academic Merit Award ... Majoring in kinesiology.

Conard's Career Single-Match Highs

TA: 1, 2x-last at Nebraska (10/18/14)
A: 4 at Northwestern (11/5/14)
SA: 3 at Rutgers (11/15/14)
D: 18 at Penn State (10/11/14)


Getting To Know Julia

Nickname: Jules
Fun fact: I have dog sledded on a glacier.
Favorite Movie: We Are Marshall
Movie you've seen in the theater you've regretted seeing the most: Hugo
Favorite Midnight Snack: Popcorn
Restaurant you have to get to when going back home: Bob Chinn's
Three things on your "bucket list: "Swim with whales or sharks, fly a plane and clean my room."
What are you most proud of and why: Having success as a hitter in volleyball despite my height.
Famous person you admire and why? Walt Disney because his vision and work has made so many people happy.
Favorite quote: "The more we sweat in practice, the less we bleed in battle" and "We're gonna need a bigger boat!"
Your favorite sundae topping: Chocolate syrup
Your weirdest quirk: I hate it when someone's whistling.
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead
Favorite athlete: Secretariat
If I could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why? Fiji...it just seems like paradise.
Secret Talent: I can juggle and I have been honored for my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
Favorite game: Ping Pong
Favorite subject in high school: Math
Favorite class at Illinois: I'm looking foward to "Severe and Hazardous Weather"
Who did you idolize growing up:My great-grandmother, Rose, because of her unconditional and endless love for her family.