Illinois Men's Volleyball Club

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Illinois Men's Volleyball Club
Year founded 1984
City Champaign, Illinois
Team Colors Orange and Blue
Mascot Fighting Illini
Team history as of March 8, 2008:

Big Ten Championships (5)

  • 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

MIVA Championships (5)

  • 1998-2001, 2007

The Illinois Men’s Volleyball Club is a registered student organization at the University of Illinois that plays men’s volleyball. This team is composed of students from the University of Illinois and is designated as a club team because the University does not have a varsity men's volleyball team. The club is based at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is a member of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The club is divided into three teams divided according to level of competitiveness. All teams in the club compete only in tournaments and there are no lone matches unless they are specially scheduled. The Illinois Men’s Volleyball Club was established in 1984 and quickly became one of the top collegiate men’s club volleyball teams in the nation. The team has been ranked among the top ten club teams in the nation since 1997 and has placed in the top five teams at the national tournament in each of the past five years. The club placed third in the nation in 2003, 2005, and 2007 and second in 2004. Additionally, the Illinois Men's Volleyball Club hosts an annual tournament in Champaign, Illinois called the Illini 16 and co-hosts the Hawkeye-Illini Classic with the University of Iowa as well as the Hoosier-Illini Classic with Indiana University.[1] Additionally, the club hosted an exhibition match for the Blue and Orange teams for the first time in 2008. The Blue team played Purdue University while the Orange team played Illinois State University.[2]

Organization[edit]

The Illinois Men’s Volleyball Club consists of three teams of varying competitiveness and time commitment. The first team is the Blue Team and is considered to be the best team. This team competes in Division One of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and generally participates in about twelve tournaments a year including the national tournament. The Orange Team is considered the second team and competes in Division Two of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. This team participates in about eight tournaments a year. Both the Blue and Orange teams travel to the national championships hosted by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. This tournament hosts only club teams from within the United States and no NCAA varsity men’s volleyball teams. The White team is the third team and competes in about seven tournaments every year. This team competes in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball Association.[3] The Blue and Orange teams generally practice three times a week while the White team practices twice a week. The tryouts for all teams are in September and generally last two or three days. The season for all three teams lasts throughout the school year with nationals being held in April. On average, eighty students try out for the club and tryouts are open to any University of Illinois male student. Each team consists of about fifteen players. Students may also attempt to join the team at other times throughout the year by attending several practices that are viewed as their tryout. The Illinois Men’s Volleyball Club is organized and operated by player-elected officers that are chosen at the end of each season. The current officer positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.[4] The club does not have a coach and each team is instead led by a player who is chosen to be the captain. The club is supported by dues paid by every club member and through funding provided by the University' student organization fund. Additionally, fund raising events are held including a t-shirt sale.[5] The club also receives funds from the University of Illinois because it is registered as a student organization. The designation as a Registered Student Organization allows the club to receive funds from the University, use University buildings for practice, and be officially associated with the University.[6]

Past standings and results[edit]

The Illinois Men’s Volleyball Club has placed in the top ten nationally since 1999. They have also won the Big Ten Conference five times and have five Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association championships. The Big Ten Conference in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association consists of the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa, Michigan State University, Purdue University, Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This conference is not associated with the Big Ten Conference present in NCAA athletics[7] The club competes in a Big Ten Conference championship tournament as well as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament and the national tournament at the end of the season. The Illinois Men's Volleyball Club Blue team also had two players named to the First Team All-Tournament team in 2007 and has had at least one player on the First Team All-Tournament team since 2003.[8] The table below displays the results of the National-Intramural Recreational Sports Association tournament and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament.

Year National Results[9] Conference Results[10]
1997 49th -
1998 23rd -
1999 - -
2000 15th -
2001 53rd -
2002 29th -
2003 5th 3rd
2004 2nd-National Runner Up 1st
2005 3rd-Final 4 2nd
2006 3rd-Final 4 1st
2007 3rd-Final 4 1st
2008 2nd-National Runner Up 1st
2009 3rd-Final 4 1st
2010 5th-Elite 8 1st
2011 5th-Elite 8 1st
2012 3rd-Final 4 1st

Fighting Illini Hall of Fame[edit]

  • Ryan Fabrizius-Middle Blocker:2003-2007*All Time Leader in Blocks (476)
  • Doug Burchett-Setter:2006-2010*All Time Leader in Assists (5,346)
  • Kevin Deeke-Opposite Hitter:2006-2010*All Time Leader in Kills and Aces (1,390) (210)
  • Miles Kilgalon-Middle Blocker:2006-2009*3 Time 1st Team All-American
  • Emmett Culligan-Outside Hitter:2007-2010*All Time Leader in Sweatpants (1000)
  • Mike Walsh-Middle Blocker:2009-2011*All Time Leader in Kill Percentage (.697)
  • Brendan Ori-Libero:2007-2010*All Time Leader in Digs (883)
  • Joshua Scaletta-Setter:2008-2011*Captain of the 2009 D3 National Champions
  • Karl Miller-Outside: 2007-2011*All Time Wins in the Blame Game
  • Mike Konrad-Coach:2007-2010*Coach of the 2009 D3 National Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lunardini, Brian, Illinois Men's Volleyball Club. Retrieved March 4, 2008 from www.illinoismensvolleyball.com/
  2. ^ Lunardini, Brian, Illinois Men's Volleyball Club. Retrieved March 4, 2008 from www.illinoismensvolleyball.com/
  3. ^ Chinander, Mike, Midwest Collegiate Volleyball Association. Retrieved March 4, 2008 from www.mcva.org/teampages.php.
  4. ^ Lunardini, Brian, Illinois Men's Volleyball Club. Retrieved March 4, 2008 from www.illinoismensvolleyball.com/
  5. ^ Lunardini, Brian, Illinois Men's Volleyball Club. Retrieved March 4, 2008 from www.illinoismensvolleyball.com/
  6. ^ Registered Student Organizations. Retrieved March 4, 2008 from www.union.uiuc.edu/involvement/rso/
  7. ^ Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Retrieved March 10, 2008 from www.miva-vball.org/schools/index.cfm
  8. ^ National-Intramural Recreational Sports Association. Retrieved March 4, 2008 from www.nirsa.org/sports/volleyball/sport_club/archives.aspx
  9. ^ National-Intramural Recreational Sports Association. Retrieved March 4, 2008 from www.nirsa.org/sports/volleyball/sport_club/archives.aspx
  10. ^ Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Retrieved March 4, 2008 from www.miva-vball.org/results/index.cfm