December 3, 2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Illinois defeated West Virginia 3-1 Friday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA volleyball tournament.
The Illini (21-11) dropped the first set 25-23, but rallied to win the next three sets to eliminate the Mountaineers (19-10). Raina Terry recorded 18 kills, Megan Cooney had 15, and Jessica Nunge 13 for the Illini, who were playing in the NCAA tourney after missing last season's reduced-field affair due to the pandemic.
The Illini will now face defending NCAA champion Kentucky on their home court. The Wildcats (25-4) is the 7th overall seed of the tournament and advanced after beating Southeast Missouri State 3-0 on Friday. That match will be Saturday at 4pm CT.
(Cover photo courtesy WCIA.com)
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