Women's Volleyball

McKenna  Kelsay
McKenna Kelsay


Wheaton, Ill.

High School:
St. Francis




Illini Come Up Just Short Against No. 5 Florida in Sweet 16

#8-seed Florida defeated #9-seed Illinois, 3-2


Illini Collect 59 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Selections

Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom


No. 9 Michigan State Sinks Illinois in Straight Sets

A Family Affair: Sisters McKenna and Kristen Kelsay both saw time at setter--for opposing teams


Youth Tops Experience at Alumni Match

The current Illini defeated the alumni team, 3-0


Annual Alumni Match This Saturday, August 24

The current Fighting Illini will take on a team of Illini alumni


Illinois vs. Florida - NCAA Regional - Dec. 12, 2014

Photos by Luke Lu from the Sweet Sixteen match between Illinois and Florida in Ames, Iowa.


#11 Illinois vs. Michigan - Match Photos

Illinois vs. Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, November 29th, 2014


Volleyball Senior Night

Illinois defeated Michigan in four sets on Senior Night at Huff Hall.


Illinois hosts Maryland (9/26/14)

Pictures from Illinois' Big Ten matchup against Maryland.


Volleyball Alumni Exhibition

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.

Career Honors
2014 Academic All-Big Ten

Match-By-Match Stats: 2013 | 2014


  • Played in eight matches as a sophomore, primarily as a designated server but also as a defensive specialist and setter.
  • Totaled three assists and three digs over eight sets.
  • Saw action against Southern Illinois, tallying an assist and a dig in the third set.
  • Came in to serve against No. 2 Stanford, recording an assist and a dig.
  • Served at a key moment in the five-set match against Virginia Tech.
  • Served up set point in the second set against Colorado.
  • Served the Illini to set point in the first set against Maryland.
  • Started the fourth set at setter against No. 6 Wisconsin, tallying an assist and a dig.
  • Came in to set for Viliunas late in the second set against No. 10 Nebraska.
  • Replaced an injured Viliunas briefly during the second set vs. No. 5 Florida.


  • Saw action in four matches as a freshman, primarily as a designated server.
  • Made her first career appearance against No. 18 Florida State, coming in to serve for an Illini middle.
  • Came in to serve against No. 2 Texas.
  • Made her first ever appearance at setter at No. 9 Michigan State, recording 14 assists, a block, an ace and a dig in the second half of the match. Played opposite her older sister Kristen, a senior setter for the Spartans.
  • Served for Maddie Mayers in the fourth set at No. 20 Purdue.

High School

  • Daily Herald All-Area: 2012.
  • Chicago Sun Times Top 50 Players in the State: 2012.
  • Conference Player of the Year: 2012.
  • Captain and team MVP at St. Francis in 2012.
  • Academic All-Conference: 2012.
  • St. Francis was undefeated conference champion all four years and won the 2012 state championship.
  • Tallied 921 assists, 261 digs, 74 kills, 31 blocks and 31 aces in 42 matches as a senior.
  • Member of the Sports Performance Volleyball Club from 2007-13.
  • Team captain of 16 sophomore and 18 White teams.
  • AAU 18 Club National Champion: 2012.
  • AAU All-American: 2013.


  • Born McKenna Kathleen Kelsay on April 18, 1995 in Elmhurst, Illinois.
  • Daughter of Mary and Bruce Kelsay.
  • Has two sisters, Kristen and Nikki.
  • Older sister Kristen plays volleyball at Michigan State.
  • J. Kyle Braid Leadership Award.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Sang in the St. Francis choir.
  • Enjoys singing, listening to music and following sports.

Career Single-Match Highs

K: 0
TA: 0
PCT: 0
A: 14 at Michigan State (10/4/13)
SA: 1 at Michigan State (10/4/13)
D: 1, 4x-last vs. WIsconsin (10/4/14)
BS: 0
BA: 1 at Michigan State (10/4/13)
TB: 1 at Michigan State (10/4/13)


Getting to know McKenna

Nickname: Kenna
Career Plans: Teacher
Fun fact: I love Justin Bieber
Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans
Movie you've seen in theatre that you've regretted seeing the most:Paranormal Activity
Restaurant you have to get to when going back home: Maggiano's
Favorite Midnight Snack: Oreos
Three things on your "bucket list": Travel overseas, own a huge dog, meet Justin Bieber
What are you most proud of and why? Winning State in 2012, because our team worked so hard and had to go through so much for it
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? A red convertible Camero
Book you've read in the past year:My Sister's Keeper
Favorite quote: "Everything is OK in the end. If it is not OK, it is not the end."
When I surf the web, page I most often go to: Twitter
Your favorite sundae topping: Hot fudge
Your weirdest quirk:I can touch my tongue to my nose
Favorite athlete: Derrick Rose
Favorite professional sports team:Chicago White Sox
Favorite TV Show: The Following
Favorite Musical Group: Mumford and Sons
If I could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why?Ireland, because I've heard it's beautiful
Secret talent: Singing
What is your favorite game? Monopoly
Lucky number: 15
Favorite subject in high school: Forensics
Crazy thing you dream of doing someday:Skydiving
Who did you idolize growing up: My dad