Women's Volleyball

Tayler Onion
Tayler Onion


Industry, Ill.

High School:




Youth Tops Experience at Alumni Match

The current Illini defeated the alumni team, 3-0


Illinois Volleyball Year in Review

Youth and resilience categorize 2012 season


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois Boasts 52 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees


Illinois at Northwestern - Nov. 21, 2012

Photos by Craig Pessman from the Illini's 3-2 victory at Northwestern on Nov. 21, 2012.


Illinois vs. Michigan 11/17/12

Photos from match between Illinois and Michigan on Nov. 17.


Illinois at Purdue (Sept. 29, 2012)

Photos from the Illini's 5-set match in West Lafayette, Ind.

At Illinois

2012: Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in seven matches as a senior, getting the start vs. Michigan ... Saw action against UCF at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational ... Came in to serve at Michigan State ... Registered her first career dig at Wisconsin ... Served up four-straight points in the fourth set against Indiana to set up the Illini's 3-1 victory ... Made her first career start against Michigan on Senior Night, splitting time in the rotation with Jocelynn Birks, where she nailed two kills in three swings in the first set ... Recorded a dig at Iowa in her final match.

2011: Academic All-Big Ten ... Lettered on Illinois' NCAA National Runner-up Team.

2010: Academic All-Big Ten ... Made her collegiate debut vs. Florida A&M ... Also played in the Alumni Match.

2009: Earned a varsity letter.

High School

Coached by Tracey Hamilton at Rushville-Industry High School ... Holds school record from most kills in a season with 300 ... Named to the All-West Central Conference team ... Named Macomb Journal Volleyball Player of the Year in 2008 ... Totaled 530 kills and 810 digs during her junior and senior seasons combined ... Rockets won the conference and finished runner-up in the Orion Charger Tournament in 2008 ... Rushville-Industry finished with a 26-7 record and won the Regional title during Onion's freshman year ... Played for UMAC (Unlimited Macomb club team) ... Played at ASICS Junior National Championship in 2005-07 and won fourth in the 17s Silver Division (Open) in 2006 ... Also participated in track & field, qualifying for the state finals in the high jump during both her junior and senior seasons ... Holds the school record in the triple jump ... Was a member of the 4x200-meter relay team that finished second at state in 2008 and seventh in 2009 (also holds school record).


Daughter of Steve and Cathy Onion ... Has one brother, Austin ... Majoring in business ... Enjoys tye dying and kayaking.

Onion's Career Single-Match Highs

K: 2 vs. Michigan (11/17/12)
TA: 6 vs. Michigan (11/17/12)
PCT: .167 vs. Michigan (11/17/12)
D: 1, 2x-last at Iowa (11/24/12)

Getting to Know Tayler

Nicknames: Tay, TO, Funion
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Fun Fact: I starred as the Cheese Grater in my high school's production of Beauty and the Beast
Favorite Movies: Chicago, Blazing Saddles and Superstar
Favorite Midnight Snack: Pizza
Famous person you admire and why: Betty White, because she's absolutely outstanding
If you won $10 million, what would you buy: My own island, a house to put on my island, a pearl white and 1947 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
Favorite Quote: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Favorite TV Show: Glee or Golden Girls, but lately I've taken a fancy to the characters of the Jersey Shore
Favorite Musical Group: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Secret Talent: I can play the saxophone, but not very well anymore, so I suppose it's not much of a talent
Lucky Number: 7
Favorite Class at Illinois: Swedish
Crazy thing you dream of doing someday: Transforming Industry, Ill., into a metropolis
Book you've read in the past year: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Favorite Sundae Topping: Marshmallow