With 10 players 6-foot-1 or taller and a couple of senior All-American outside hitters, the Illini are a physical, bruising team -- sometimes literally.
The Illini defeated Florida in an emphatic four-sets win the regional championship and reach their first semifinals.
Colleen Ward transferred to the University of Illinois two years ago. Now the former Gator is back in Gainesville -- but with a victory for her Illini in mind.
With a singular focus, Kelly Murphy has become one of the nation's best volleyball players and the one little girls in Gainesville emulate.
Graduation has hit the Nittany Lions hard. If they hope to extend their string of NCAA titles, Deja McClendon will need to step up.
The NCAA season is ready to start, but can anybody step up to challenge Penn State?