Kylie McCulley has been impressive during the spring volleyball season.
April 12, 2007
Champaign, Ill. - Illinois volleyball continues its spring season this weekend by hosting a scrimmage against Miami, Ohio. The event, open to the public free of charge, begins at 2 p.m. at Huff Hall.
The Illini welcome in a top-ten recruiting class in the fall, which will mean strong competition and depth at every position for the first time after an array of injuries the past few seasons. One of those highly touted freshmen, setter Hillary Haen, joins two-year starter Lizzie Bazzetta at the setter position. Haen graduated from high school early and has been able to practice with the Illini after enrolling for the spring semeseter.
Fans will also want to watch middle blocker Vicky Brown, who has excelled during the season and during last week's scrimmage with BYU. Brown was selected to the USA Volleyball A2 team which will compete later this spring in Austin, Texas.
Illinois head coach Don Hardin also likes was he sees from last year's crop of freshmen - outside hitter Kylie McCulley and libero Ashley Edinger. McCulley was a regular contributor during the last half of last season with teammate Kayani Turner seeing limited action due to injury. Edinger was solid at libero, starting all 30 matches.
The scrimmage with Miami, which is guaranteed to last at least four games, will give fans an early opportunity to see development of what promises to be an exciting brand of volleyball during the 2007 season.