Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom
Brandi Donnelly posted her 500th dig in the match
Michelle Strizak led the match by hitting .435 with 13 kills
A Family Affair: Sisters McKenna and Kristen Kelsay both saw time at setter--for opposing teams
Networkers raise over $4,000 for breast cancer in pink jersey auction
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 vs. Ohio State at Huff Hall Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Illini swept the visiting Hoosiers at Huff Hall on Friday, October 24th to kick off homecoming weekend!
2013: Saw action in seven matches as a true freshman, making one start ... Totaled 17 kills, four digs and a block in 10 sets ... Made her first career appearance against No. 12 Nebraska, knocking down five kills in the second half of the match ... Started her first match at Michigan State, registering four kills and a block ... Posted three kills on six errorless swings in the first set at No. 14 Michigan, adding four digs ... Notched a kill on her only swing of the match at Northwestern, coming in for a struggling Criswell in the fifth set ... Recorded a kill in the third set at No. 16 Wisconsin ... Had a kill in the second set at No. 2 Penn State ... Registered back-to-back kills to tie the score in the third set against No. 11 Minnesota.
Ohio Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year 2012 ... First Team AVCA/Under Armour High School All-American 2012 ... Ranked No. 22 in the nation on PrepVolleyball.com's "Senior Aces" list ... Cincinnati Enquirer High School Volleyball Player of the Year 2011, 2012 ... Named to PrepVolleyball.com's "Freshman 59" and "Sophomore 79" lists ... One of five finalists for PrepVolleyball.com's Junior of the Year ... Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year runner-up 2011 ... GGCL Player of the Year 2011, 2012 ... District Player of the Year 2011, 2012 ... First team all-state 2011, 2012 ... Second-team all-state 2010 ... Women's Sports Association Volleyball Player of the Year 2011 ... Four-year starter for Mount Notre Dame High School under Head Coach Joe Burke, Strizak led the Cougars to four sectional championships, four district championships, three Greater Girls Cincinnati League Championships and three regional finals appearances, including the 2011 regional and state championships ... Accumulated 1,288 kills, 882 digs, 165 blocks, 161 aces and 26 assists over 97 career matches, averaging 4.78 kills, 3.43 digs, 0.63 aces and 0.50 blocks over her final three seasons ... Spent two seasons with the national training team, finishing third at the 2010 High Performance Championship with the USA Girls Youth National Training Team and fourth at the 2012 High Performance Championships with the USA Women's Junior National Training Team ... Also ran track, and earned a 2012-13 All-GGCL Track and Field Honorable Mention ... 2012-13 GGCL Scholar Athlete.
Born Michelle Christa Strizak on Dec. 19, 1994, in Cincinnati, Ohio ... Daughter of Phyllis and George Strizak ... Has two older siblings, Ryan and Sharon ... Sister Sharon played volleyball at the University of Maryland ... Volunteered at Jewish Hospital Pharmacy, Matthew 25 Ministries and Safe Haven Farms ... CYO Volleyball coach and referee ... Received first honors every semester at Mount Notre Dame ... Social Studies Scholar of the Year ... Mathematics Scholar of the Year ... National Honor Society ... Student Task Force ... Ambassadors ... Graduated sixth in her class with a weighted GPA of 5.75 ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Majoring in kinesiology.
Career Single-Match Highs
K: 5 vs. Nebraska (9/28/13)
Getting to know Michelle
Full Name: Michelle Christa Strizak