Buckeyes erase four match points to win 16-14 in the fifth
Sixteen Illini saw action in the match
Jocelynn Birks registered her 19th career 20-kill match with 22
Illinois captures its sixth victory over a ranked opponent in 2013
Longhorn Head Coach Jerritt Elliott captures his 300th victory at Texas
Pictures from Illinois' Big Ten matchup against Maryland.
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.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Nebraska match at Huff Hall
Photos from the Illinois vs. Iowa match at the State Farm Center
Photos from the Illinois vs. Texas match at Huff Hall
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.
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 vs. Pepperdine (8/25/12)
Getting To Know Julia