Illini earn their first Big Ten sweep in their final match
McMahon and Birks combined for 58 kills, both setting career and team-season highs
Seniors Jessica Jendryk and Tayler Onion started and combined for seven kills and a block
Michigan State won in five after trailing 0-2, which Illinois did to the Spartans on Oct. 13 in East Lansing
The Illini will honor their five seniors following Saturday's match
Photos by Craig Pessman from the Illini's 3-2 victory at Northwestern on Nov. 21, 2012.
Photos from match between Illinois and Michigan on Nov. 17.
Photos from the Illini's 3-2 victory over the Badgers.
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.
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 Conrad...Has a brother, Robert, and a sister Laura, who played one year of 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.
TA: 1 vs. Pepperdine (8/25/12)
A: 1, 7x, last at Iowa (11/24/12)
SA: 2 vs. Indiana (11/3/12)
D: 17 at Ohio State (11/10/12)
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.