Women's Volleyball

Morganne Criswell
Morganne Criswell


Decatur, Ill.

High School:
Lutheran School Association




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

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


Illini Collect 57 Fall Academic All-Big Ten Selections

Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom


Illini Visit Michigan State, Michigan this Weekend

Friday's match will air live on Big Ten Network


Illini Outlast Hawkeyes for First Five-Set Victory

Illinois posted a rally scoring record of 20 blocks in the match


Illini Fall Just Short of Upset at No. 2 Stanford

Morganne Criswell recorded the Illini's first blocks-kills double-double in three years


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

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


NCAA 2nd Round vs. Iowa State

No. 10 Illinois vs. Iowa State in the NCAA Division I Tournament 2nd Round game.


#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.


#12 Illinois vs. #17 Ohio State

Illinois vs. Ohio State at Huff Hall Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Career Honors
Illini Classic All-Tournament Team
Academic All-Big Ten
Academic All-Big Ten
Academic All-Big Ten

Match-By-Match Stats: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

2013: Appeared in all but one match (32) on the year, making five starts ... Third on the team with 250 kills and 270 points, hitting .210 with 36 blocks, 56 digs, four assists and a service ace ... Appeared in all three matches at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational, garnering significant playing time against No. 17 Kentucky. Entering the match originally on defense, she tallied two digs and received 13 serves without an error. She then earned herself the chance to stay in on the attack, hitting .375 with four kills and a block ... Saw action in all three matches of the Illini Classic, registering three kills and a block against No. 2 Texas while playing front row for Julia Conard ... Was a bright spot at No. 15 UNC, recording five kills and two blocks in the second half of the match ... Made her first start of the season at Duke, recording her first career double-double with then-career highs in kills (a team-best 14) and digs (11) ... Had eight kills and six digs in her start against Iowa ... Hit .364 with five kills at No. 9 Michigan State ... Recorded eight kills at No. 14 Michigan, scoring three in the fifth set including, a tip shot to tie the score at 12-12 ... Set a new career high with 15 kills at Indiana, tallying four blocks including her first two career solo blocks ... Had a tremendous weekend against No. 4 Penn State and No. 17 Ohio State, shattering her career high with 21 kills while hitting .400 against PSU, then putting up 15 kills against OSU ... Tallied her third-straight double-digit kill match at Northwestern, with 10 kills and a block assist ... Marked down her fourth-straight double-digit kill match with 10 at No. 16 Wisconsin ... Had nine kills and two digs in the first two sets at No. 11 Nebraska ... Erupted for 19 kills, hitting .341, against No. 17 Michigan ... Led the team in kills in both matches on Nov. 15-16, hitting .388 with 25 kills, four blocks and two digs on the weekend ... Tied for the team lead with 15 kills at Ohio State.

2012: Appeared in 16 matches on the season, making three starts ... Tallied 73 kills, 28 digs, 15 blocks, four assists, and two aces, while hitting .241 on the year ... Had more kills in the first weekend (16) than she did all of last season (11) ... Led Illinois in kills vs. Pepperdine (9) ... Hit .500 with 10 kills and no errors in 3-0 victory over Iowa State on Aug. 31 ... Set a new career high against Cincinnati on Sept. 7 with 12 kills, then matched the kill total the following day against Louisville ... Returned to the court in the fourth set against Ohio State to force a momentum shift, scoring the next two-straight Illini points ... Set a new career high with six digs at Wisconsin, playing for Birks in the first set and for Stark later in the match ... Started in the back row at No. 2 Penn State.

2011: Appeared in nine matches, totaling 11 kills, three digs and a block ... Had eight kills vs. Houston, hitting .364 with five kills in the second set.

High School

Ranked No. 33 in prepvolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces ... Three-time Decatur Herald & Review Macon County Player of the Year and was a nominee for the AVCA/Under Armour All-America Watch List ... Named second-team all-state in 2009 after earning honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore ... Four-time ECIC all-conference performer, the last three seasons unanimously ... Has twice earned National Junior Classic Most Valuable Player accolades ... Helped LSA to four straight ECIC conference titles ... Her 1,401 career kills are 12th-most in Illinois high school history ... A member of the Illini Elite Club team ... Was named a four-time USA AAU All-American and was named to the JVDA National Championship all-tournament team .. Named to the AVCA Under Armour All-America Watch List.


Born on July 30, 1993 ... Daughter of David and Jane Criswell ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism.

Criswell's Career Single-Match Highs:

K: 21 vs. Penn State (10/18/13)
TA: 49 at Duke (9/21/13)
Pct: .500 vs. Iowa State (8/31/12)
A: 2 vs. Pepperdine (8/25/12)
SA: 2 vs. Iowa State (9/1/12)
D: 11 at Duke (9/21/13)
BS: 2 at Indiana (10/12/13)
BA: 3, 4x-last vs. Northwestern (11/27/13)
TB: 4 at Indiana (10/12/13)


Getting to Know Morganne

Nickname: Mogz, Morgii, Mo
Career Plans: Play volleyball overseas and work for NIKE
Favorite Movie: The Harry Potter series
Movie you've seen in the theater you've regretted seeing the most: Halloween
Favorite Midnight Snack: Frozen Grapes
Three things on your "bucket list:" Play in the Olympics, Go to New York or California, Get a tattoo
What are you most proud of and why: All of my volleyball accomplishments, because originally I wanted to be a ballerina.
Famous person you admire and why: Oprah. She is influential and not afraid to be opinionated.
Favorite quote: "If you don't like where you are change it. You're not a tree."
Your favorite sundae topping: Peanut butter
Your weirdest quirk: I hiccup all the time
Favorite Musical Group: New Boyz
If I could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why? Rehoboth Beach (favorite vacation spot)
Secret Talent: I can make my shoulder blades pop out
Favorite game: Catch Phrase
Lucky number: 18
Favorite subject in high school: English
Favorite class at Illinois: Animal Science
Who did you idolize growing up: My mom. I still idolize her. She is my best friend.