Illini, Wildcats Looking to Upset Lions in Rec Hall

Rec Hall, Photo by Mark Selders, courtesy

Who, Where, When

Both Illinois and Northwestern will be looking to upset Penn State this weekend, and it’s fair to say that if either team accomplishes their goal, a lot of people will be upset in Happy Valley.

  • The Illinois match is this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall.  TV: BTNplus; Stats: GameTracker.


  • The Northwestern match has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. TV: BTNplus; Stats: GameTracker.

About Illinois

Illinois last lost to  Colorado on September 9th (23-25, 26-24, 26-28, 25-12, 15-17).  Since then, the Illini have won five straight matches — including a sweep of Northwestern, Penn State’s opponent tomorrow night.

The Illini are a young team, starting 6-2 Jr. setter Jordyn Poulter, 6-3 Jr. MB Ali Bastianelli, 6-2 OH Jacqueline Quade, 6-3 RS-So. OH Beth Prince, 6-0 Jr. MB Blayke Hranicka, 6-4 Fr. MB/Opp Megan Cooney, and lone senior, 5-8 libero Brandi Donnelly.  And it showed in the Colorado match, which really was Illinois’ to lose, and they did.  The fourth set 25-12 win by the Illini, showed just how good they can be when things are clicking for them.  If Penn State takes them for granted, it could be a disappointing night for the Nittany Lions.  With a lot of upset people when it’s done.

New Time for Northwestern Match

Saturday’s match versus Northwestern has been pushed back half an hour to a 7:30 p.m. start to give fans more time to get across campus to Rec Hall from Beaver Stadium.

Stat Joust

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