2013 Illinois Volleyball Year-In-Review
Purdue defeated Illinois, 3-0, to advance to the NCAA Regional Final
Tonight's win marked the sixth straight victory for the streaking Illini
Illinois claims fifth-straight victory, knocks off ninth ranked opponent of the year
Beltran clinches fourth straight season on Illinois' top-10 digs list
Photos from the Illinois vs. Minnesota match at Huff Hall.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Michigan State match at Huff Hall.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Ohio State 'Workout for a Cure' match at Huff Hall
Photos from the Illinois vs. Penn State match at Huff Hall
Photos from the Illinois vs. Nebraska match at Huff Hall
2013: Academic All-Big Ten ... Appeared in all-but-one match (32) on the year, making five starts ... Third on the team with 250 kills and 270 points, hitting .210 with 36 blocks, 56 digs, four assists and a service ace ... Appeared in all three matches at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational, garnering significant playing time against No. 17 Kentucky. Entering the match originally on defense, she tallied two digs and received 13 serves without an error. She then earned herself the chance to stay in on the attack, hitting .375 with four kills and a block ... Saw action in all three matches of the Illini Classic, registering three kills and a block against No. 2 Texas while playing front row for Julia Conard ... Was a bright spot at No. 15 UNC, recording five kills and two blocks in the second half of the match ... Made her first start of the season at Duke, recording her first career double-double with then-career highs in kills (a team-best 14) and digs (11) ... Had eight kills and six digs in her start against Iowa ... Hit .364 with five kills at No. 9 Michigan State ... Recorded eight kills at No. 14 Michigan, scoring three in the crucial fifth set including a tip shot to tie the score at 12-12 ... Set a new career high with 15 kills at Indiana, tallying four blocks including her first two career solo blocks ... Had a tremendous weekend against No. 4 Penn State and No. 17 Ohio State, shattering her career high with 21 kills while hitting .400 against PSU, then putting up 15 kills against OSU ... Tallied her third-straight double-digit kill match at Northwestern, with 10 kills and a block assist ... Marked down her fourth-straight double-digit kill match with 10 at No. 16 Wisconsin ... Had nine kills and two digs in the first two sets at No. 11 Nebraska ... Erupted for 19 kills, hitting .341, against No. 17 Michigan ... Led the team in kills in both matches on Nov. 15-16, hitting .388 with 25 kills, four blocks and two digs on the weekend ... Tied for the team lead with 15 kills at Ohio State.
2012: Academic All-Big Ten ... Appeared in 16 matches on the season, making three starts ... Tallied 73 kills, 28 digs, 15 blocks, four assists, and two aces, while hitting .241 on the year ... Had more kills in the first weekend (16) than she did all of last season (11) ... Led Illinois in kills vs. Pepperdine (9) ... Hit .500 with 10 kills and no errors in 3-0 victory over Iowa State on Aug. 31 ... Set a new career high against Cincinnati on Sept. 7 with 12 kills, then matched the kill total the following day against Louisville ... Returned to the court in the fourth set against Ohio State to force a momentum shift, scoring the next two-straight Illini points ... Set a new career high with six digs at Wisconsin, playing for Birks in the first set and for Stark later in the match ... Started in the back row at No. 2 Penn State.
2011: Appeared in nine matches, totaling 11 kills, three digs and a block ... Had eight kills vs. Houston, hitting .364 with five kills in the second set.
Ranked No. 33 in prepvolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces ... Three-time Decatur Herald & Review Macon County Player of the Year and was a nominee for the AVCA/Under Armour All-America Watch List ... Named second-team all-state in 2009 after earning honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore ... Four-time ECIC all-conference performer, the last three seasons unanimously ... Has twice earned National Junior Classic Most Valuable Player accolades ... Helped LSA to four straight ECIC conference titles ... Her 1,401 career kills are 12th-most in Illinois high school history ... A member of the Illini Elite Club team ... Was named a four-time USA AAU All-American and was named to the JVDA National Championship all-tournament team .. Named to the AVCA Under Armour All-America Watch List.
Ranked No. 33 in prepvolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces ... Two-time Decatur Herald & Review Macon County Player of the Year and this season was a nominee for the AVCA/Under Armour All-America Watch List ... Named second-team all-state in 2009 after earning honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore ... Four-time ECIC all-conference performer, the last three seasons unanimously ... Has twice earned National Junior Classic Most Valuable Player accolades ... Helped LSA to four straight ECIC conference titles ... Her 1,401 career kills are 12th most in Illinois high school history ... A member of the Illini Elite Club team ... Was named a three-time USA AAU All-American and was named to the JVDA National Championship all-tournament team.
K: 21 vs. Penn State (10/18/13)
TA: 49 at Duke (9/21/13)
Pct: .500 vs. Iowa State (8/31/12)
A: 2 vs. Pepperdine (8/25/12)
SA: 2 vs. Iowa State (9/1/12)
D: 11 at Duke (9/21/13)
BS: 2 at Indiana (10/12/13)
BA: 3, 4x-last vs. Northwestern (11/27/13)
TB: 4 at Indiana (10/12/13)
Nickname: Mogz, Morgii, Mo
Career Plans: Play volleyball overseas and work for NIKE
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter Series
Movie you've seen in the theater you've regretted seeing the most: Halloween
Favorite Midnight Snack: Frozen Grapes
Three things on your "bucket list:" Play in the Olympics, Go to New York or California, Get a tattoo
What are you most proud of and why: All of my volleyball accomplishments, because originally I wanted to be a ballerina.
Famous person you admire and why: Oprah. She is influential and not afraid to be opinionated.
Favorite quote: "If you don't like where you are change it. You're not a tree."
Your favorite sundae topping: Peanut Butter
Your weirdest quirk: I hiccup all the time
Favorite Musical Group: New Boyz
If I could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why? Rehoboth Beach (favorite vacation spot)
Secret Talent: I can make my shoulder blades pop out
Favorite game: Catch Phrase
Lucky number: 18
Favorite subject in high school: English
Favorite class at Illinois: Animal Science
Who did you idolize growing up: My mom. I still idolize her. She is my best friend.