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    Kylie McCulley
    15 Kylie McCulley
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Clinton, Ill.

    High School:
    Clinton High School

    Height:
    5-11

    Position:
    OH

    Birthdate:
    10/20/1980

    08/24/2013

    Youth Tops Experience at Alumni Match

    The current Illini defeated the alumni team, 3-0

    Getting to know Kylie

    What I do to relax away from volleyball: Paint pottery with Nicole! Its our secret getaway

    Favorite Illinois volleyball memory: Lots. However, just playing at Huff Hall is a great memory everytime.

    Favorite professional sports team: Cardinals

    Favorite restaurants: Penn Station or Houlihans

    Nickname: Ky, Karen or Weezy

    Career Plans: Become an elementary teacher and coach high school volleyball

    Favorite Food: If ketchup was a food it would be that but if not then I'd say grilled chicken

    Favorite TV Show: Extreme Makeover Home Edition

    Favorite musical group: Mariah Carey

    Favorite Movie: Stepmom

    What I like most about being a Fighting Illini: Being a role model for so many young girls!

    My dream job would be: A marine biologist

    If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why? Australia because it just seems like a cool place to go!

    Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours. My socks can never match. I always have 2 different ones on!

    If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you? It would be about a girl who grew up in the country and raised goats for a living who knows nothing about the big suburbs life. HaHa. That's probably what my teamates would say about me anyway, they think it's funny.

    If you could have a t-shirt printed with a message, what would it be? Live. Laugh. Love.

    One thing most people don't know about you: I'm left-handed when I write and eat but right handed when I play volleyball

    At Illinois


    2009
    • Earned Academic All-Big Ten
    • Surpassed the 1,000-kill mark for her career with 14 kills at Minnesota on Nov. 28. Finishes her career with 1,051
    • Named to the All-Tournament Team at the State Farm Illini Classic after posting a pair of double-doubles -- 13 kills (.379) and 12 digs vs. Illinois State and 10 kills and 16 digs vs. Saint Louis
    • Had 16 double-digit kills matches, including back-to-back matches with 22 and 20 kills vs. Michigan and Purdue
    • Ranked 10th in the Big Ten in kills per set during conference matches (3.14)
    • Led the Illini in kills at Michigan and tied a career-high with 22 kills at Michigan on Oct. 3. Had five kills and hit .556 in the deciding fifth set.
    • Tallied 61 kills combined in the three matches from Oct. 2-9 -- 19 vs. Michigan State, 2 vs. Michigan and 20 vs. Purdue
    • Hit .308 with 16 kills at Wisconsin
    • Hit .364 with 16 kills and 10 digs at Indiana
    • Tallied 15 kills and 14 digs at Ohio State on Nov. 15
    • Had 17 kills, including five in the first set, in a four-set win over Dayton in the NCAA Second Round

    2008
    • Latest addition to the Illini's 20-20 club with 22 kills and 22 digs vs. Minnesota, just the third Illini to accomplish that feat since 1996. • Starting as a pass hitter alongside Laura DeBruler • Tallied 34 kills and 17 digs in three NCAA matches • Hit team best .333 vs. California in the NCAA Regional Semifinal • Named to the All-Tournament Team at the State Farm Illini Classic after amassing 28 kills and 31 digs in the tournament • Hit a season-best .542 with 14 kills in a three-set victory over Michigan State on Oct. 24 • Totaled 17 kills vs. William & Mary • Had 43 kills at the Tennessee Comcast Classic • Had seven double-doubles on the season, including 15 kills and 13 digs in the victory over Ohio State • Earned Daily Illini Athlete of the Week after posting nine kills and hitting .381 against no. 1 Penn State • Hit over .300 in three matches from Sept. 27-Oct. 4, totaling 24 kills and combining for a .364 hitting percentage • Player of the match vs. Purdue on Nov. 19 after leading the team with 18 kills • Matched her season-best hitting percentage (.542) in the final regular season match with 16 kills in a three-set victory over Northwestern on Nov. 29 • Had 43 blocks for the season, including a career-best six in a victory over Purdue on Nov. 19.

    2007
    • Battling injury throughout the season, first recovering from an abdominal strain and then a foot injury
    • Hit .478 with 13 kills vs. IPFW then had 18 kills in five games against Dayton
    • Missed 14 matches from Sept. 1-Oct. 26
    • Returned to the starting lineup to send down 21 killsl in two matches, including 12 against Purdue
    • Has continued to return to form with 17 kills against Northwestern
    • Had 21 kills, including 13 combined in the first two games in near upset of Minnesota on Nov. 23

    2006
    • Made her first trip in the starting rotation vs. No. 2 Penn State and promptly pounded 19 kills while hitting .265. She had nine kills in 22 attacks in game three • Followed that performance with career-high 22 putaways against Indiana in 54 attempts • Saw action in each of the three matches at the Marquette Kick-Off Tournament, totaling three kills vs. Marquette and Ole Miss • Had 20 or more kills in a match three times, including 21 against Iowa on Nov. 3 • The performance vs. Iowa followed a 20-kill performance vs. Northwestern the match before • Tied for team lead with 15 kills vs. Purdue.

    High School
    Two-time Champaign News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year • Three-time All-Okaw Valley Conference performer • Received numerous all-area accolades from the Bloomington Pantagraph, the Decatur Herald & Review, and the News-Gazette • Shattered Clinton High School record for career kills with 1,342, topping the old record of 896 • Her 500 kills in 2004 also is a new record • Playing for head coach Katie Maubach, McCulley was named to eight all-tournament teams in the three seasons • Her career numbers include 1,342 kills, 263 blocks, and 527 digs • Competed for the Illini Elite Club team (coached by Chris Belshe, Lane O'Conner, and Andy Erinss) • Helped the Illini Elite to a third-place finish at the 17U National Division in the Junior Olympics following a fifth-place finish in the 16U division in 2004.

    Personal
    Born Oct. 20, 1987 • Daughter of Michael and Becky McCulley • Plans to major in elementary education • Member of DOVE • Vacation Bible School helper • Enjoys hiking, swimming and working with kids • Several relatives attended the U of I and her uncle, Kevin Kline, is a professor of animal sciences at Illinois.

    Career Statistics

    	Year	MP	GP	K	E	TA	Pct.	A	SA	SE	RE	DIG	BS	BA	TB	BE	BHE
    	2006	24	62	160	78	475	.173	2	9	10	14	39	6	21	27	2	1
    	2007	16	57	170	109	499	.122	4	3	12	8	57	0	14	14	0	1
    	2008	33	123	375	159	1093	.198	5	15	28	33	308	3	40	43	4	0
    	2009	32	113	346	133	988	.216	13	23	21	35	264	2	43	45	3	0
    	Total	105	355	1051	479	3055	.187	24	50	71	90	668	11	118	129	9	2
    

    Career Highs

    K:	22,3x
    E:	11, twice, last vs. Michigan (10/3/09)
    TA:	66 vs. Purdue (10/9/09)
    Pct:	.615 (9-1-13) vs. Iowa (11/20/09)
    A:	1, 24x, last vs. Dayton (12/4/09)
    SA:	3, twice, last at Michigan (10/3/09)
    D:	22 at Minnesota (11/8/08)
    BS:	2 vs. Penn State (11/24/06)
    BA:	5, 3x, last at Wisconsin (10/23/09)
    TB:	6 vs. Purdue (10/9/09)
    

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