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
Illinois brings in 11th-best crowd in Huff history
Illini out-block Toreros 15-6 but fall in four sets
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
'Stuff Huff' on 9/13/13
2013 Illinois Alumni Match
2013: Academic All-Big Ten ... 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 the fast San Diego offense 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 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 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, 9x-last at Penn State (11/23/13)
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.