Friday's match will air live on Big Ten Network
Former teammates Hillary Haen and Johannah Bangert embrace new roles on volleyball staff
The current Illini defeated the alumni team, 3-0
The former Illini middle blocker owns the Big Ten career block assists record
No. 9 ILL 3, No. 2 PSU 2
Johannah Bangert joined the Illini volleyball staff in January 2013 as director of operations. Bangert's duties include coordinating scheduling, assisting with visiting teams' travel, and compliance. She serves as the marketing, equipment and event management liaison, while also working directly with the Illini Networkers, the volleyball booster club.
Bangert played every match at middle blocker for Illinois from 2007-10 and graduated as the Illini's all-time blocking leader, stuffing a total of 653. Bangert holds the Big Ten record for career block assists, putting up 613 throughout her career.
A member of the sixth-ranked recruiting class in 2007, Bangert hit .588 with 11 kills against Bowling Green in her collegiate debut. The middle blocker finished her rookie season ranked fourth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage (.358) and eighth in aces per set (0.26).
As a sophomore, Bangert broke Illinois' single-season block assist record, tallying 195, and became just the second Illini in history to stuff 200 total blocks in a season, recording 202. The middle led the nation in blocks (1.60 per set) and earned All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region honorable mentions.
Bangert led the nation in blocks once again in 2009 (1.58) and was named All-America and All-Region honorable mention, along with All-Big Ten.
In her senior season, Bangert broke the Big Ten all-time block assists record and set a new Illinois total blocks record, surpassing Mary Eggers' 22-year-old record by nearly 100 with 653 total career blocks. She is the only Illini ever to break the 500-mark in block assists, finishing with a conference-best 613.
Throughout her career, Bangert was named Defensive Player of the Week five times, was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and became Illinois' third Academic All-American, garnering first-team honors in 2010.
Bangert graduated from the University of Illinois in May 201, with a bachelor's degree in mathematics.
Following her playing career at Illinois, Bangert signed a professional volleyball contract with the Ljungby Volleyboll Klubb in Sweden, where she played in 2011-12.