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    Shadia Haddad will return to participate in the Alumni Match on Saturday

    Shadia Haddad will return to participate in the Alumni Match on Saturday

    Aug. 26, 2004

    Champaign, Ill. - The University of Illinois volleyball team swings into action this weekend for its annual Alumni Event at Huff Hall . The first serve is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday. General admission tickets, which are $5 for the general public, $4 for faculty/staff and $2 for students, can be purchased at the door. This year the Illini will be able to square off against the alumni. The alums will take the court against each other and the varsity will have an intrasquad game to cap off the evening. Erin Borske '96 highlights the list of returning alumni. Borske eanred All-Big Ten and AVCA All-America honors in 1995. Champaign native Lydia Guard '02 is also returning as is former All-Big Ten performers Sally (Rea) Ross '87, Shadia Haddad '02, and Sue Webber '03. The rest of the alumni expected to participate include Sue (Bochte) Kleber '77, Rena (Zenarosa )Walton `94, Denise Fracaro `86, Dr. Joan McArthur `75, Debbie (Farrell) Reynolds, Suzanne (Kreps) Yano, Amber Lindner `02, Sue (Nucci) Ward `95, Kelly (See) Finet, `84 Carrie Cavato `99, Sandy (Scholtens) Hamilton'89, Heidi (Coulter) Zickgraf `98, Melissa Beitz `00, and Annie Stoessel '00. The Illinois team has adopted the theme "Get Connected" understanding the number of people that play such a big part in the success of the program, including a loyal fan base. Illinois players as always will available for autographs following the festivities. Illinois is ranked #19 in the Pre-Season poll after advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the ninth time in school history last year. Senior Honorable Mention All-American setter Erin Virtue returns as does starters senior libero Lauren Harks, senior defensive specialist Kathleen Bazzetta, senior outside hitter Jessica Belter and junior hitter Rachel Van Meter. The Illini open the regular season on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at home vs. Illinois State.

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