McMahon is the first Illini ever to take home the prestigious national honor
Jocelynn Birks garners her second All-America award with a Second Team selection
#8-seed Florida defeated #9-seed Illinois, 3-2
Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom
Jocelynn Birks takes home her second straight All-Region award
Photos by Luke Lu from the Sweet Sixteen match between Illinois and Florida in Ames, Iowa.
No. 10 Illinois vs. Iowa State in the NCAA Division I Tournament 2nd Round game.
Illinois vs. Murrary State in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament at Huff Hall on December 5, 2014.
Illinois vs. Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Illinois defeated Michigan in four sets on Senior Night at Huff Hall.
2013: Appeared in all 33 matches, starting all but two ... Second on the team in kills (391) and points (456), and third in blocks (100) ... Posted 72 digs, 12 aces and five assists, hitting .215 on the year ... Finished the season ranked 124th nationally among active players in career kills, coming in at #21 among juniors ... Tallied 36 kills, 15 digs and 15 blocks at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational. Registered 11 kills vs. No. 18 Florida State, then topped that with 18 kills at LBSU ... Recorded her third career double-digit blocks match against No. 17 Kentucky, putting up 10 blocks, including six in the second set, to lead the Illini to victory ... Registered 14 kills, three aces and five blocks, including a career-high three solo, against No. 14 San Diego at the Iowa State Challenge ... Put up a team season-best 23 kills, including the final four kills of the match, to lead Illinois past Arizona State in five ... Tied for the team lead with 14 kills at Duke to go along with five digs and four blocks ... Led a balanced attack against Iowa, posting 12 kills ... Hit .350 with 10 kills and two blocks at No. 9 Michigan State ... Was solid early at No. 14 Michigan, registering five kills in the first set. Totaled 10 in the match to go along with three blocks ... Cranked out 11 kills and two blocks at No. 20 Purdue, then hit .400 with seven kills and three blocks at Indiana ... Led the Illini past No. 17 Ohio State, hitting .390 with 18 kills and five blocks ... Recorded her seventh career 20-kill match at Northwestern, tallying 21 kills and five block assists ... Notched her second-straight 20-kill match at No. 16 Wisconsin ... Tallied 15 kills and four blocks to lead Illinois past No. 17 Michigan ... Hit .367 with 15 kills and six blocks in the Illini's victory over No. 13 Michigan State ... Hit .500 with 10 kills and four blocks against No. 18 Purdue ... Recorded her 1,000th career kill vs. Northwestern, hitting .500 with 11 slams ... Hit .400 with 10 kills and three block against Morehead State, then topped that the following night, hitting .406 with 17 kills, five blocks and five digs against Marquette in the NCAA Tournament.
2012: 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: 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 then-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 No. 25 Ohio State ... Had a career high 11 block assists in the win against No. 20 Michigan ... Hit .545 with 13 kills and only one error in the win at No. 23 Michigan ... Recorded double-digit kills in five of the eight matches in November ... 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 Elizabth Ann McMahon on Feb. 27, 1993, in Carol Stream, Illinois ... 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 ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism.
McMahon's Career Single-Match Highs
K: 30 at Northwestern (11/21/12)
Getting to Know LizNicknames: Lizzie, Liz, Lizard, Leezy, Lippy
Career Plans: Play professionally, then go into sports marketing
Fun Fact: I really, really like cats
Favorite Movie: Madagascar or Despicable Me
Movie you've seen in theaters that you've regretted seeing the most: Paranormal Activity 2
Restaurant you have to get to when going home: El Rancho Grande
Favorite Midnight Snack: Cereal
Famous person you admire and why: Ellen DeGeneres, because she makes people smile and is 100% herself.
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? A lakehouse, a black Range Rover, and save all the stray kitties out there.
Three Things on your "Bucket List": Go on an African Safari, learn another language, swim with dolphins
Favorite Book: "You Win Some, You Lose Some"
What are you most proud of, and why? How happy I am to be 6' 6" Favorite quote: "Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect; it means you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookie Dough
Weirdest Quirk: I can't whistle
If you could have a super power, what would it be and why? Teleportation, because traveling is a hassle. Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
Favorite Professional Team: Chicago Bears
Favorite TV Show: Unwrapped or Friday Night Lights
Favorite Musical Group: Zac Brown Band
If I could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why: New Zealand, because I like their accents and scenery. Preferably if I could teleport there, though.
Favorite Subject in School: Art
Who did you idolize growing up? My parents and grandparents
Crazy thing you dream of doing someday: Going on a game show and winning big
Why Illinois? Because we're a family that is committed to making each other better people. Also, the support and love is unconditional and genuine, both from inside the team and surrounding it.