Women's Volleyball

Betsy Spicer
Betsy Spicer


Barrington, Ill.

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1999: Unanimous 2000 Pre-season All-Big Ten pick ? Earned first team All-Big Ten honors and AVCA All-District Two honors following a superb junior year where she led the Illini and was fourth in the Big Ten in attack percentage, hitting .333 ? Led the team and ranked fifth in the conference in blocks, averaging 1.34 per game ? Hit .857 (12-0-14) in a home win over Purdue, the fifth-best performance in school history ? State Farm Illini Classic Tournament MVP ? Tied career high in kills with 22 in a road win at Michigan State ? Had season-high 10 blocks against Purdue ? Recorded eight double-double matches on the year ? Also led the team in service aces with 31 ? Currently ranks sixth on Illinois? career attack percentage list (.320).

1998: Honorable mention All-Big Ten pick ? Appeared in all 33 matches ? Finished second on the team by hitting .322 for the season ? Led the team with 129 block assists and was second with 144 total blocks ? Finished sixth in the Big Ten with 1.21 blocks per game ? Set career highs in kills (22) and digs (14) in NCAA First Round action against Southwest Texas State at Huff Hall ? Hit .500 (22-5-34) while leading Illinois to the first round win ? Hit a career-best .667 (13-1-18) against Ohio State ? Had 18 double-digit kills outings ? Collected 18 kills in back-to-back outings against Michigan and Michigan State.

1997: Came on during the second half of the season and started the last 10 Big Ten matches at middle blocker ? Appeared in 21 matches all together, 18 of those were Big Ten contests ? Recorded 14 kills and hit .458 with seven blocks at Michigan, Nov. 7 ? Posted a season-high eight blocks versus Penn State, Nov. 1, and at Purdue, Nov. 23 ? During Big Ten matches, she finished second on the team in hitting with a .297 attack percentage ? Earned her first Varsity "I" Award ? Hit .352 with 77 kills during Illinois' summer trip to Holland.

High School: Named all-area and all-conference in volleyball and basketball by the Arlington Heights Daily Herald and Pioneer Press ? Daily Herald Female Athlete of the Year ? Asics All-American ? Three-time recipient of Barrington's Elite Athlete Award ? 1997 Barrington Female Athlete of the Year ? Earned nine varsity letters (three in volleyball, two in basketball and four in track) ? Was the basketball MVP ? Qualified for the state track meet four years and holds five school records on the track ? Three-year track MVP ? Member of Barrington's all-academic teams for all three sports.

Personal: Parents are Thomas and Barbara Spicer ? Lists Jackie Joyner-Kersee as her favorite athlete ? Fighting Illini heroes included football great Dick Butkus and 1997 Big Ten Basketball Player of the Year Ashley Berggren, who also attended Barrington High ? Lists caring for children and coaching as two of her favorite activities ? One of seven children, her sister Megan runs cross country at Eastern Illinois University.