#8-seed Florida defeated #9-seed Illinois, 3-2
Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom
Illinois out-hit the Blue Raiders .619 to -.115 in the first set
Birks, Criswell and McMahon (MVP) named All-Tournament
Sixteen Illini saw action in the match
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
Pictures from Illinois' Big Ten matchup against Maryland.
2013: Appeared in all 33 matches, making 10 starts ... Settled in as a back-row player towards the end of nonconference play, primarily playing the back row rotations for Liz McMahon ... Tallied 231 digs, 46 assists, 25 service aces, 21 blocks and 24 kills on the season ... Started all three matches at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational. Struggled offensively, but put up 25 digs and seven blocks on the weekend ... Had a fantastic defensive performance in the Illini's victory at No. 11 Iowa State, leading the back line with 11 digs while adding three blocks and two aces ... Her defense led Illinois past a scrappy Arizona State team, registering 17 digs and five blocks. She then posted four kills, two aces and 10 digs against No. 6 Washington and four kills, six digs and two blocks against No. 2 Texas at the Illini Classic ... Had a key kill on her only swing of the match late in the first set at No. 20 Purdue, adding eight digs and two assists ... Notched a service ace and 10 digs against No. 4 Penn State ... Recorded seven digs and two assists against No. 17 Ohio State ... Registered nine digs and two assists in the Illini's upset of No. 16 Wisconsin ... Served up some key runs at Iowa to put Illinois in the lead, landing three service aces ... Notched nine digs and a key service ace in the victory over No. 17 Michigan ... Helped the Illini to victory over No. 13 Michigan State, notching three service aces, 11 digs and five assists ... Posted back-to-back double-digit dig matches at Ohio State and No. 2 Penn State, adding an ace vs. the Nittany Lions ... Registered two service aces and seven digs against Purdue in the NCAA Regional.
2012: Started 28 matches on the year, missing Pepperdine and Ohio due to a sprained ankle ... Tallied 174 kills, 238 digs, 30 blocks, 31 assists and 16 aces as a redshirt freshman ... Ranked third on the team in digs and aces ... Served up three key aces against Cincinnati on Sept. 7 ... Had a breakout performance at the Texas Invitational, recording 29 kills and 32 digs in three matches and registering her first double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs against Cincinnati ... Hit .429 with 13 kills at No. 13 Purdue, adding 11 digs for her second double-double ... Matched her then-career high with 13 digs at Michigan ... Earned her third double-double against Northwestern, with 13 kills and 10 digs ... Led the team in digs against No. 4 Nebraska, tallying 13 ... Slashed her career high with 20 digs against Purdue ... Matched her personal best with 13 kills at No. 15 Ohio State, hitting .310 with two blocks ... Hit .350 with nine kills, six digs and two blocks against Michigan State ... Matched her career high with a .429 clip at Iowa, tallying seven kills, 14 digs, two blocks and an assist.
2011:Saw action against Tennessee, Houston and Cincinnati, before missing the rest of the season due to injury ... Received a medical hardship waiver for the season.
Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year ... Under Armour first-team All-American ... IGCA Volleyball Player of the Year ... ESPN Rise Volleyball Honorable Mention All-America ... Was a star for both Mt. Vernon High School, guiding the Mustangs to a No. 6 national ranking and for the Iowa Rockets, who became the first Iowa team to win the USAV National Championship and qualify for the USAV National Championship Open Division ... Earned first-team all-state honors during her final three years of high school after being named third-team all-state as a freshman ... Three-time All-WAMAC Conference performer ... Guided Mt. Vernon to the 2A state title as a junior then to the Class 3A state title as a senior ... Named the IGHSAU Class 2A All-Tournament captain in 2009 and Class 3A team captain in 2010 ... Helped Mount Vernon to the state runner-up in Class 3A in both 2007 and 2008 ... On prepvolleyball.com's national radar, listed among the Frosh 59, Soph 79 and top 50 recruits in 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively, as well as being named a Prep Volleyball All-American ... Coached by Shirley Ryan at Mount Vernon and David Rodgers for the Iowa Rockets ... Named Junior Olympic National Championship MVP (15 National) and the the all-tournament team at the 18 American Championships ... In track, Stark was a state qualifier for the Mustangs state runner-up team in 2008 and was a middle-distance runner and high jumper for their Class 3A state championship team in 2009 ... Track coaches were Bill Thomsen and Maggie Willems.
Daughter of Steve Stark and Roxanne Rolland ... Siblings are Marissa Stark, Reid Rolland, Jaden Rolland, Aarika Koppenhaver, Beau Rolland, Bria Rolland and Breanna Hawley ... Member of the National Honor Society for two years and the honor roll for four years ... Cousin Kelsey Benorden played volleyball for UNC-Asheville.
Stark's Career Single-Match Highs
K: 13, 4x, last at Ohio State (11/10/12)
Getting to Know Ali
Nickname: Ali Kat