No. 18 Illinois defeats No. 22 Marquette, 3-1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-13)
Illinois moves on to face No. 22 Marquette on Saturday night
Jocelynn Birks, Liz McMahon (HM) and Courtney Abrahamovich (Sportsmanship) all earn conference honors
Junior Liz McMahon recorded her 1,000 career kill in the second set
Illinois claims fifth-straight victory, knocks off ninth ranked opponent of the year
Photos from the Illinois vs. Minnesota match at Huff Hall.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Michigan State match at Huff Hall.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Ohio State 'Workout for a Cure' match at Huff Hall
Photos from the Illinois vs. Penn State match at Huff Hall
Photos from the Illinois vs. Nebraska match at Huff Hall
2012: Preseason All-Big Ten ... All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Played in all 30 matches, making 14 starts ... Tallied 400 kills, 97 blocks, 56 digs and 16 service aces, while attacking at a.270 clip ... Led the team in solo blocks, was second in kills and third in total blocks, aces and hitting percentage ... Led the Illini with 16 kills vs. Iowa State on Sept. 1 ... Was one of three Illini to stuff eight blocks against Louisville, a feat matched just once since the start of rally scoring in 2001 ... Led the Texas Invitational with 21 total blocks, including 11 block assists at No. 6 Texas, which ranks eighth all-time in the Illini's single-match records ... Smashed a whopping 19 kills against Wisconsin, looking unstoppable towards the end of the match, to help the Illini win, 3-2 ... Hit at least .400 in both matches in Indiana, registering 28 kills and just five errors at Indiana and Purdue ... Led the Illini with a then-career-high 23 kills against Ohio State ... Hit .406 with 18 kills at Michigan State to help lead the Illini to a huge comeback victory in five sets ... Had 18 kills again against Northwestern, hitting .324 with a team-high five block assists ... Registered at least 15 kills in 14 of the last 17 matches, including seven of the final eight ... Tops on the team with 22 kills against Purdue, one shy of her then-career high ... Had her third 20-kill match of the season at Ohio State, tabbing 20 kills, two aces, six digs and five blocks, including a career-high two block solos ... Averaged 3.78 kills in the final home weekend, with four aces, four blocks and four digs while hitting .289 ... Recorded the first 30-kill match since 2008 at Northwestern, hitting .415 ... Hit .400 and averaged 6.12 kills per set in the final two road matches.
2011: Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge All-Tournament Team ... The third-ranked recruit in the 2011 class, started for the Illini at right side ... Played in all 37 matches, starting 34 ... Tallied 256 kills, 127 blocks, 25 digs and seven aces, while hitting .268 ... Her blocking presence was key in a five-set comeback win over Dayton ... Had 25 kills and 14 blocks while hitting .426 at the Middle Tennessee State Invitational ... Had a career high 20 kills and 7 blocks while hitting .576 in the five-set win vs. Louisville ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Big Ten/ Big East Challenge ... Hit .588 with 11 kills in a win at #25 Ohio State ... Had a career high 11 block assists in the win against #20 Michigan ... Hit .545 with 13 kills and only one error in the win at #23 Michigan ... Has recorded double-digit kills in 5 of the last 8 matches ... Combined for 14 kills and nine blocks while hitting .407 in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament ... Third on the team with 47 kills in six NCAA Tournament matches.
Multi-year performer in the USA Volleyball ladder system ... In 2010, led the American team in kills (3.45 per set) in helping the U.S. to a sliver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore ... Played opposite, appearing in all 13 sets for the USA Junior National Team's gold medal run at the NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championships ... Competed at the High Performance Championships in both 2008 and 2009, playing on the A2 Red Team that placed second in 2008 in Tucson, Ariz. ... Was a member of the USA Youth National Training Team ... Was a regular on the Team Club Z for six years, leading Team Z 16 Orange to the Junior Volleyball Association National Championships in 2009 and Team Z 15 Orange to third place at the JVDA Championship in 2008 ... Two-time national championship all-tournament team representative ... AAU All-American ... At Lakota West, was a two-time first-team All-Greater Miami Conference performer, pacing the Firebirds in kills with over 300 each of the past seasons, hitting .761 as a sophomore, .693 as a freshman, .590 as a junior and .500 as a senior ... Lakota West won the GMC Conference in 2010 and advanced to the elite eight in state tournament ... Holds record for most career kills in Lakota West history (1,086) ... Suffered an elbow injury during her senior season and did not play until the last month of the season ... Named to the high honor roll.
Born in Carol Stream, Ill. ... Daughter of Kevin and Janine McMahon ... Siblings, Colin and Clare, both attend Ohio State ... Named the 2008 Gedney's Pickle Lover of the Year where she won a year's supply of pickles and a free t-shirt ... Enjoys art and design, scrapbooking and cooking ... Involved with peer counseling.
K: 30 at Northwestern (11/21/12)
TA: 53 at Northwestern (11/21/12)
Pct: .800 vs. Middle Tennessee (9/9/11)
A: 2 vs. Tulsa (9/10/11)
SA: 3 at Penn State (11/8/12)
D: 8 vs. Pepperdine (8/25/12)
BS: 2, 2x-last vs. Michigan State (11/16/12)
BA: 11, 2x-last at Texas (9/14/12)
TB: 11, 2x-last at Texas (9/14/12)