No. 23 Illini to face No. 6 Texas, UCF and Cincinnati in Austin
No. 20 Illini to play Cincinnati, No. 24 Louisville in the Queen City
Illini Match Notes vs. Iowa State
Illini bring No. 7 ranking into preseason opener
Stark's led the Illini with 21 kills and 14 digs
Photos from the Illini's 5-set match in West Lafayette, Ind.
2012: Earned a varsity letter.
Member of New Trier team that advanced to the Elite Eight in 2011 and won the the Regional and Central Suburban League in 2010 ... Named an all-conference scholar-athlete team captain ... High school coach was Hannah Hsieh ... Played for Northshore Assault in 2010 (coached by Julie Wiejek), Energy in 2011 (coached by Mike Sopocy) and Rolling Thunder in 2012 (coached by Melissa Seelinger) ... Rolling Thunder placed 17th of 109 teams in the Great Lakes Power League and 9th of 140 teams at the AAU Nationals, and earned a bid to the JVA Power League Championships.
Born on Dec. 20, 1993 ... Daugther of Steve and Laura Polkoff ... Has one brother, Michael ... Plans to major in animal science and pursue a career in veterinary medicine ... Member of the New Trier Honor Society, the New Trier Service and NJCL Latin Honor Society ... Named an Illinois State Scholar.
Fun Fact: I rode horses and worked at a stable for seven years.
Favorite Movie: The Italian Job, Good Will Hunting
Secret Talent: I can put a dab of whpped cream on my wrist and fling it into the air and catch it in my mouth.
Restaurant you have to get to when going home: Walker Brother's Pancake House and Bobtail Ice Cream
Favorite Midnight Snack: Bowl of cereal in a coffee cup.
Famous person you admire and why: Beyonce because she is so awesome, pretty and girl power!
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? A pony.
Book you've read in the past year: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Favorite quote: "Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have."
Favorite Sundae Topping: Caramel and banana
Favorite Athlete: Derrick Rose
Favorite Professional Team: Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks
Favorite TV Shows: Lie to Me, Friday Night Lights and Friends
Favorite Musical Group: The Fray and Rascal Flatts
If I could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why: New Zealand because of the beautiful landscape, awesome animals and cool accents.
Favorite Subject in School: English and Latin
Favorite Game: Catch Phrase