Illinois Fighting Illini women's volleyball

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Illinois Fighting Illini women's volleyball
Illinois Fighting Illini women's volleyball athletic logo

University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Conference Big Ten
Location Champaign, IL
Head Coach Kevin Hambly (5th year)
Arena Huff Hall
(Capacity: 4,050)
Nickname Fighting Illini
Colors Blue and Orange

             

AIAW and NCAA Tournament Runner Up
2011
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Final Four
1987, 1988, 2011
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2011
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
AIAW and NCAA Tournament Appearances
1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1888, 1989 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Conference Regular Season Champions
1986, 1987, 1988, 1992

Illinois Fighting Illini women's volleyball is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate volleyball program of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, often referred to as "Illinois", located in Champaign, Illinois. The Illinois volleyball team competes in the Big Ten Conference and has played their home games in Huff Hall since 1990.[1] Since moving into Huff Hall from the Kenney Gym, Illinois Volleyball has remained in the top 10 in the nation for average home attendance. In 2013, the program broke its previous home attendance record, averaging 3,117 per match.[2]

Kenney Gym served as the initial home court from 1974 through the 1989 season

History[edit]

Since the founding of the volleyball program in 1974, the Fighting Illini have had 30 winning seasons.[3][4]

Coaching History[edit]

Illinois Coaches
Coach Years Record Conference
Record
Conference
Titles
AIAW/NCAA
Appearances
Kathleen Haywood 1974 19-9 *
Terry Hite 1975-1976 40-28 *
Chris Accornero 1977-1979 84-51-7 * 1
John Blair 1980-1983 56-79 8-5*
Mike Hebert 1984-1995 323-127 173-62 4 11
Don Hardin 1996-2008 234-163 127-133 6
Kevin Hambly 2009- 114-51 66-34 4
Totals 870-508-7 373-234 4 22

Attendance Records[edit]

Top Attendance Figures.[2][3][4]
Rank Attendance Opponent Home Venue Date
1 7,632 Minnesota State Farm Center October 16, 2009
2 7,061 Iowa State Farm Center September 27, 2013
3 4,631 Purdue State Farm Center December 13, 2013
4 4,316 Stanford Huff Hall December 11, 1992
5 4,261 Purdue Huff Hall October 1, 2011
6 4,211 Ohio State Huff Hall December 3, 1992
7 4,141 Penn State Huff Hall September 24, 2010
8 4,123 Nebraska Huff Hall December 12, 1992
9 4,050 Penn State Huff Hall November 27, 1992
4,050 Ohio State Huff Hall October 18, 1991

Season-by-Season Results[edit]

Year Head Coach Overall
Record
Conference
Record
Conference
Standing
Postseason
1974 Kathleen Haywood 19-9
1975 Terry Hite 15-14
1976 Terry Hite 25-14
1977 Chris Accornero 38–17–6 AIAW National Tournament Appearance
1978 Chris Accornero 28-14-1
1979 Chris Accornero 18-20
1980 John Blair 22-32
1981 John Blair 17-27
1982 John Blair 17-20
' (Big Ten) (1983–present)
1983 Mike Hebert 5-25 2-11 5th (west)
1984 Mike Hebert 18-15 6-7 3rd (west)
1985 Mike Hebert 39-3 16-2 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1986 Mike Hebert 36-3 18-0 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1987 Mike Hebert 31-7 17-1 1st NCAA Final Four
1988 Mike Hebert 30-4 18-0 1st NCAA Final Four
1989 Mike Hebert 27-8 13-5 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1990 Mike Hebert 21-12 11-7 4th NCAA First Round
1991 Mike Hebert 19-10 14-6 4th NCAA First Round
1992 Mike Hebert 32-4 19-1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1993 Mike Hebert 18-13 14-6 3rd NCAA Second Round
1994 Mike Hebert 23-14 12-8 4th NCAA First Round
1995 Mike Hebert 24-9 12-8 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1996 Don Hardin 13-15 8-12 7th
1997 Don Hardin 17-13 8-12 7th
1998 Don Hardin 22-11 13-7 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1999 Don Hardin 17-11 12-8 4th NCAA Second Round
2000 Don Hardin 13-18 (15-16) 4-16 (6-14) 10th
2001 Don Hardin 21-9 13-7 4th NCAA Second Round
2002 Don Hardin 13-16 7-13 9th
2003 Don hardin 26-7 15-5 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004 Don Hardin 19-11 11-9 5th NCAA First Round
2005 Don Hardin 16-15 7-13 7th
2006 Don Hardin 15-15 6-14 9th
2007 Don Hardin 16-14 8-12 8th
2008 Don Hardin 26-8 15-5 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2009 Kevin Hambly 26-6 16-4 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010 Kevin Hambly 24-9 14-6 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011 Kevin Hambly 32-5 16-4 2nd NCAA Runner-up
2012 Kevin Hambly 14-16 8-12 8th
2013 Kevin Hambly 18-15 12-8 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Totals 870-508-7 373-234 22 Postseason Appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012 Illinois Volleyball Record Book. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2012. p. 68. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Illinois' Most Well-Attended Season Ends at the Hand of Big Ten Foe". Champaign, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  3. ^ a b c 2013 Illinois Volleyball Record Book. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2013. pp. 70–71. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  4. ^ a b c 2013 Illinois Volleyball Final Team Stats. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-14.