Women's Volleyball

Erin Johnson
Erin Johnson

Crystal Lake, Ill.

High School:
Crystal Lake South H.S.


Student Assistant Coach


Youth Tops Experience at Alumni Match

The current Illini defeated the alumni team, 3-0


Illinois Volleyball Year in Review

Youth and resilience categorize 2012 season


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois at Northwestern - Nov. 21, 2012

Photos by Craig Pessman from the Illini's 3-2 victory at Northwestern on Nov. 21, 2012.


Illinois vs. Michigan 11/17/12

Photos from match between Illinois and Michigan on Nov. 17.


Illinois vs. Penn State 10/6/12

Photos from Illinois vs. Penn State match


Illinois at Purdue (Sept. 29, 2012)

Photos from the Illini's 5-set match in West Lafayette, Ind.


Illinois vs. Ohio State - Oct. 5, 2012

Photos from the Illini's 5-set match with Ohio State.

Erin Johnson served as a student assistant coach in the Fall of 2013, while she finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois.

At Illinois

2012: Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Appeared in all 30 matches, starting all but one ... Tallied 185 kills, 146 blocks, 28 digs, 13 assists and five aces while hitting .285 on the year ... Led the team in blocks, was second in hitting percentage and third in both kills and points ... Finished fifth in the Big Ten and 72nd in the NCAA in blocks per set (1.19) ... Tallied her 400th career block against Purdue, to become just the 11th Illini blocker in the 400 club ... Became just the seventh Illini to record 400 block assists at Wisconsin ... Finished her career ranked third all-time in career block assists and sixth in total blocks ... Graduated as the Big Ten active career blocking leader ... Led Illinois in blocks at the Dayton Flyer Classic with 12, including six vs. Ohio ... Stuffed 17 total blocks over two matches at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge, and added seven kills against Louisville ... Named to the all-tournament team in Texas after recording 18 blocks in three matches and hitting .526 with 11 kills against Cincinnati ... Hit .700 with seven kills in 10 flawless swings against Wisconsin ... Notched 10 kills on 15 errorless swings at Michigan State to hit .667 and lead the Illini to a huge comeback win over the Spartans ... Put up nine blocks against Indiana, tying her season best ... Stuffed six blocks at No. 2 Penn State ... Hit .538 with eight kills and four block assists against Michigan State ... Tabbed seven kills and a .462 hitting percentage at Iowa in the final match of her career.

2011: Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (9/26) ... State Farm Illini Classic All-Tournament Team ... Middle Tennessee State Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in all 37 matches, starting all but one ... Tallied 303 kills, 154 blocks, 19 digs, seven aces and six assists, while hitting .328 on the year ... Finished sixth all-time at Illinois with 149 block assists ... Ranked 9th in the Big Ten in attack percentage (.328) and sixth in the league in blocks (1.08 bps) ... Set a career high with 10 block assists at Minnesota and accounted for five of the 15 points in the fifth set ... Named to the all-tournament team at the State Farm Illini Classic after hitting .324 with 32 kills and 11 blocks in three wins ... Named to the all-tournament team at the MTSU Invitational after hitting .541 with 40 kills and 11 blocks in three wins ... Second on the Illini in hitting percentage (.328) and total blocks (154) ... Named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 26) after recording 1.5 blocks per set in road wins against #9 Minnesota and Wisconsin ... Hit .643 with 9 kills in the win vs. #9 Penn State ... Hit .615 with 8 kills and no errors to go along with two aces in the win vs. #23 Michigan ... Ranks 6th on the Illinois' single-season block assists list with 149... Led the team with a .314 hitting percentage during the NCAA Tournament ... Made no attack errors in three of four NCAA Tournament matches this season ... Had seven blocks in the national semifinal victory over USC.

2010: Academic All-Big Ten ... Started 26 matches as a sophomore, registering 160 kills, 67 blocks, eight digs and three assists on .307 hitting ... Had 10 kills in 11 attacks in the victory over Florida A&M ... Hit .636 with seven kills in 11 attacks in the victory over Middle Tennessee in the championship of the State Farm Illini Classic ... Hit .471 with nine kills in victory over Penn State on Sept. 24 ... Missed six straight matches from Sept. 29-Oct. 16 with mononucleosis ... Returned at Minnesota and posted five kills and seven blocks ... Had six kills in seven swings vs. Michigan State ... Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage (.329) ... Tallied a career-high 15 kills vs. Minnesota ... Hit .692 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Austin Peay, tallying nine kills on 13 swings with no errors ... Hit .385 overall during the NCAA Tournament.

2009: Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week (11/2) ... NMSU Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Started all but one match at middle blocker ... Registered 138 kills, 104 blocks, 10 digs and nine assists, while attacking at a .314 clip as a true freshman ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Nov. 2 after hitting .536 with 18 kills and three blocks in wins at Indiana and Purdue ... Had 10 kills while hitting .588 in a four-set victory over Louisville ... Tallied nine blocks vs. Ohio State ... Averaged 0.83 blocks per set ... Combined for 11 block assists in wins at Wisconsin and Iowa ... Had three fourth-set kills in six points in a hard-fought win over Northwestern on Nov. 25 while hitting .462 for the match ... Had eight blocks, including two solo blocks while hitting .417 in the NCAA second round match vs. Dayton ... Hit .455 with six kills and three blocks in the NCAA Regional match with Hawaii.

High School

High School coach was Jorie Fontana ... Crystal Lake South advanced to the supersectional (Elite Eight) in 2008 ... Ranked 57th in prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces list ... Named Northwest Herald's No. 1 Player to Watch and was listed among Chicago Sun-Times Top 50 Players in 2008 ... Honored as the Daily Herald's top-rated middle hitter in the Fox Valley area ... Ranks eighth in state history in blocks, including 104 in 2008 ... Four-year starter ... Two-time Fox Valley All-Conference performer ... Set a school record for blocks with 139 as a sophomore ... As a junior, was named to the Pioneer Press Great Northwest and Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area teams ... Set a CLS school record for hitting efficiency for a middle hitter (53 percent) as a junior and topped that her senior season (58 percent) ... Garnered Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette All-State Special Mention accolades ... Played for Club Fusion (coached by Eric Schulze), which placed 5th in the Open Division at the JVDA National Championships in 2009 ... Named to the all-tournament team at the JVDA Showcase ... Qualified for the USA Youth National A2 team that placed second and third at the Junior International Division High Performance Championships in 2007 and 2008, respectively ... Named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2009 JVDA Tournament while playing for Club Fusion.


Birthday is Dec. 27 ... Daughter of Peter and Marny Johnson ... Has two sisters, Katy and Maureen ... Enjoys swimming, traveling and camping ... Named to high honor roll at Crystal Lake ... Named an Illinois State Scholar ... Honored as a Math Elite ... Majoring in kinesiology with plans to become an ER physician.

Johnson's Career Single-Match Highs

K: 16 vs. Tulsa (9/10/11)
TA: 27, 2x-last vs. Dayton (9/3/11)
Pct: .909 (10-0-11) vs. FAMU (9/4/10)
A: 3 vs. Saint Louis (9/12/09)
SA: 3 vs. Central Michigan (12/2/11)
D: 5 vs. Louisville (9/8/12))
BS: 2, 3x-last vs. Indiana (11/3/12)
BA: 10 at Minnesota (9/23/11)
TB: 10 at Minnesota (9/23/11)


Getting to Know Erin

Nickname: EJ
Career Plans: Doctor
Fun Fact: I'm obsessed with Nerf guns
Favorite Movies: Top Gun, Heavyweights, Cool Runnings and Hocus Pocus
Favorite Sundae Topping: Hot Fudge
Weirdest Quirk: I snort when I laugh
Favorite Athlete: Michael Phelps
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Chicago Blackhawks
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why: Africa so I could go on a safari
Secret Talent: I am the best peanut butter and jelly sandwich maker of all time
Favorite Musical Group: Led Zeppelin
Favorite Subject in High School: Anatomy and Physiology
Favorite Class at Illinois: Physiology
Favorite Games: Apples to Apples and Four-Square
Three things on your "bucket list:" Skydiving, see Led Zeppelin in concert and hitchhike/backpack around the world
Favorite Midnight Snack: Ice cream and Nutella
If you won $10 million, what would you buy: Mercedes Benz G55 and then Cinderella's castle at Disneyworld
Crazy thing you dream of doing some day: Opening a tiki bar in Aruba - I really want to live on the beach and have no responsibilities