Illini Sweet 16 Notes
Dec. 8, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -
Illini reach NCAA Sweet 16: Illinois advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 with victories over IPFW and Dayton at Huff Hall. The Illini, the fifth seed in the tournament, will meet 12th-seeded Hawaii in the Stanford Regional Semifinal on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. CT. No. 4 Stanford plays No. 13 Michigan in the other match-up. The winners play at 10:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU for the right to advance to the Final Four.
Illinois tournament history: Illinois reaches the Sweet 16 for the 11th time in school history. This is the first time that the Illini have reached the round in back-to-back seasons since advancing five straight times from 1985-89.
Illinois vs. Hawaii: Illinois is 1-7 all-time against Hawaii with the only victory over the Rainbow Wahine coming in three sets at the 1992 Hawaii Invitational.
More on Hawaii: Hawaii brings a 30-2 record into the Regional Semifinal. The Rainbow Wahine's only two losses came to No. 2 Texas in four sets on Sept. 5 and No. 10 California in five sets on Sept. 6. Since then they have rattled off 28 straight wins. Hawaii also holds wins over No. 9 UCLA and No. 19 Saint Louis.
Illinois-Stanford history: Illinois is 0-5 all-time vs. Stanford. The Illini and Cardinal met in an epic Regional Final at Huff Hall in 1992. In front of a Huff Hall record crowd of 4,316, the second-seeded Cardinal defeated No. 6 Illinois 17-15, 15-6, 17-15, 15-10 en route to winning the national title.
Illinois-Michigan history: Illinois leads the all-time series with Michigan, 40-18. The Illini have won six straight vs. the Wolverines, including a pair of matches this year.
Radio: The Illinois matches will be aired live on WDWS (AM-1400) and WDAN (AM-1490) with Dave Loane (play-by-play) and Mike Koon (analyst) on the call.
TV: ESPNU will provide live coverage of all four regional finals with the Stanford Regional Final being carried live at 10:30 pm CT Saturday night. Anne Marie Anderson (play-by-play) and Cathy Nelson (analyst) are on the call.
Tickets: All session tickets for this week's matches can be purchased by going to gostanford.com. All session tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
Illinois in the rankings: Illinois is ranked eighth in this week's AVCA Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20. The Illini have been ranked every week this year and are ranked in the Top 10 for the eighth consecutive week. They were at No. 5 for the past four weeks.
More on Illinois' overall season
Ten Opponents in Tournament