2013 Illinois Volleyball Year-In-Review
Illinois moves on to face No. 22 Marquette on Saturday night
Tonight's win marked the sixth straight victory for the streaking Illini
Mayers earns her second weekly honor of the season
Illinois claims fifth-straight victory, knocks off ninth ranked opponent of the year
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
Photos from the Illinois vs. Iowa match at the State Farm Center
Match-By-Match Stats: 2013
2013: Two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Sept. 2, Nov. 18) ... Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Appeared in all-but-one match on the season, making 30 starts ... Hit .216 wtih 164 kills, a team-high 118 blocks, 17 digs, two aces and an assist ... Ranked 10th in the Big Ten in blocks per set ... Led the Big Ten and ranked top 10 in the nation in blocks during non-conference play, and finished 23rd nationally among freshmen in blocks per set on the season ... Had an outstanding debut at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational, earning All-Tournament honors and being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week ... Hit .625 with 11 kills and four blocks to lead the Illini past No. 18 Florida State in her first career appearance; she went 7-for-8 in the first two sets before committing her first attack error ... Struggled offensively but put up a team-high seven blocks against LBSU ... Was a block shy of a double-double with 13 kills and nine blocks, hitting .458 in the Illini's victory over No. 17 Kentucky ... Registered a total of 14 blocks over two matches at the Iowa State Challenge, hitting .643 with nine kills and no errors against the No. 11 Cyclones ... Topped her personal-best with 15 kills vs. No. 2 Texas, hitting .323 with a team-best eight blocks ... Hit .417 with seven kills in the Big Ten opener against Iowa ... Hit .364 with five kills and six blocks at Indiana ... Attacked at a .545 clip with six kills and five blocks against No. 17 Ohio State ... Registered eight kills and five blocks at Northwestern ... Six kills and six blocks at No. 16 Wisconsin, firing the final two kills of the second (28-26) and fourth (25-22) sets, helping to close out key close frames ... Hit .400 with six kills at No. 11 Nebraska ... Registered five blocks and five kills at Iowa ... Tied her career high with nine blocks to go with six kills vs. No. 17 Michigan ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Nov. 18 after hitting .700 with seven kills and five blocks to lead Illinois to a sweep of No. 18 Purdue ... Tallied six blocks and five kills at Ohio State, while serving up a key run to erase an early deficit in the first, capped by her first career ace.
2012: Used 2012 as a redshirt year.
Ranked 76th in prepvolleyball's list of Senior Aces, ... Named to first team All-Northeast Indiana the last two seasons ... Received first-team All-Summit Athletic Conference honors for three straight years, ... Coached by John Minnick ... The Saints won the pre-season SAC championship during her first three seasons in high school, also claiming the SAC title in 2009 ... During her senior season, had a .500 attack percentage with 276 kills, 87 blocks, 84 digs and 45 aces ... Named a 2nd team All-American ... Played for league-champion Fort Wayne 18 Force in the Midwest Power League ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Power League tournament.
Born on June 4, 1993...Daughter of Larry and Margaret Mayers...Has two sisters, Elizabeth and Emily, who plays volleyball at Xavier...Father Larry played basketball at Hanover University...Volunteers at Towne House Retirement Village...Enjoys reading.
K: 15 vs. Texas (9/13/13)
TA: 31 vs. Texas (9/13/13)
Pct: .700 at Purdue (11/16/13)
A: 1 at Penn State (11/23/13)
SA: 1, 2x-last vs. Northwestern (11/27/13)
D: 2, 4x-last vs. Michigan State (11/9/13)
BS: 1, 4x-last at Ohio State (11/22/13)
BA: 9, 2x-last vs. Michigan (11/6/13)
TB: 9, 2x-last vs. Michigan (11/6/13)
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Restaurant you have to get to when going back home: Anywhere that has sushi!
Movie you've seen in theater that you've regretted seeing the most: Fast Five
Favorite Midnight Snack: "Late Night Snack" ice cream from Ben & Jerry's.
Three things on your "bucket list:" Travel to Europe, travel to New Zealand, and hang out with Will Ferrell.
What are you most proud of and why: Never giving up a dream to play D1 college volleyball.
Famous person you admire and why: JK Rowling-How did she write such amazing books?
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? A beach house in South Carolina, a shopping spree, and a few Great Dane puppies.
Book you've read in the past year:Harry Potter
Website I most often visit: OMGfacts.com and read random facts for hours.
Favorite Quote: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right."- Henry Ford
Favorite athlete: Larry Bird
Favorite Sundae Topping: Caramel
Weirdest Quirk: If I don't eat often enough, I get super angry.
Favorite Professional Sports Team:Whatever team Peyton Manning is on! Go Denver Broncos!
Favorite TV Show: Criminal Minds
Secret Talent: Wiggling my ears.
Favorite Game: I could play Wii for a whole day.