CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — The Illinois volleyball team was picked to finish 5th in the Big Ten Conference preseason coaches poll released Tuesday. Reigning NCAA and B1G champion Nebraska is the favorite to win the league, followed by Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Illinois seniors Ali Bastianelli and Jordyn Poulter were both picked to the preseason All-Big Ten team, Poulter as a unanimous selection. The duo led the No. 12 ranked Illini to the Sweet 16 in head coach Chris Tamas’ first season with the program last year.