Illinois volleyball releases 2019 schedule

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CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — The Illinois volleyball schedule is out for this fall and once again it’s highlighted by several marquee match-ups, none bigger than on Sept. 27 when defending national runner-up Nebraska visits Huff Hall. The Cornhuskers knocked off the Illini in five sets in the NCAA Final Four last December, before losing to Stanford in the national championship match in Minneapolis.

“I am excited to see a rematch of last year’s NCAA Final Four match against Nebraska as our opening conference match at home,” Illinois head coach Chris Tamas said in a statement. “I think that will be a tournament style atmosphere on that night. Following that, we have a good mix of home and always this year. There are no breaks in our schedule. The Big Ten is as deep as it has ever been. I am looking forward to battling with this team and seeing where the journey takes us. It will allow us to learn a lot of lessons along the way and force us to learn them quickly. I am excited to start training August 10th in preparation for this season.”

Illinois will play 29 matches, starting on Aug. 30 at Tennessee. The Vols will then play in Champaign two days later in the team’s home opener on Sept. 1. That’s one of 11 matches at Huff Hall, plus the Orange and Blue Scrimmage. Overall, the Illini will face 13 teams that made the NCAA tournament last season, including seven that made it to at least the Sweet 16.

“I think you always have to schedule tough,” said Tamas. “We will always get that with our Big Ten Conference schedule, but I am pleased we were able to get a tough non-conference schedule as well. As a sport, we need to get away from the idea of playing two matches in a day. If played right, our sport is very difficult and demanding. I wanted to make sure our non-conference reflected the challenges we will see in conference. All but one of our non-conference opponents made the tournament last season. You hope that will pay its dividends when it comes to RPI and the potential hosting implications it holds. I want Huff Hall rocking in December again. That place is electric. Of course, we have to get there first. The conference schedule is demanding as ever and fans will enjoy matches against top quality Big Ten opponents throughout the season.”

at Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn.
August 30 // 7 p.m.
Tennessee
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
September 1 // 1 p.m.
B1G/Pac12 Challenge | Hosted by Iowa
at Iowa City, Iowa. // September 6-7·   September 6 vs. Washington // 4 p.m.·   September 7 vs. Colorado // 4 p.m.
Redbird Classic | Hosted by Illinois State
at Normal, Ill. // September 13-14·   September 13 at Illinois State // 7 p.m.·   September 14 vs. UCF // 10 a.m.·   September 14 vs. Marquette // 7:30 p.m.
Bulldog Brawl | Hosted by Butler
at Indianapolis, Ind. // September 20-21·   September 20 vs. Pacific // 11 a.m.·   September 21 vs. Loyola Marymount // 8 a.m.
Nebraska
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
September 27 // 7 p.m.
Iowa
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
September 28 // 7 p.m.
at Indiana
Wilkinson Hall // Bloomington, Ind.
October 4 // 6 p.m.
at Purdue
Holloway Gymnasium // West Lafayette, Ind.
October 5 // 2 p.m.
Minnesota
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
October 9 // 7 p.m.
Indiana
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
October 12 // 7 p.m.

at Wisconsin
UW Fieldhouse // Madison, Wis.
October 18 // 7 p.m.

at Minnesota
Maturi Pavilion // Minnesota, Minn. 
October 19 // TBA

at Penn State
Rec Hall // University Park, Pa.
October 23 // TBA
Ohio State
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
October 26 // 7 p.m.
Michigan
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
November 1 // 7 p.m.
Michigan State
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
November 2 // 7 p.m.
at Iowa
Carver-Hawkeye Arena // Iowa City, Iowa
November 6 // 7 p.m.
at Michigan
Cliff Keen Arena // Ann Arbor, Mich.
November 9 // TBA
Penn State
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
November 15 // 7 p.m.
Rutgers
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
November 16 // 7 p.m.
at Maryland 
XFINITY Center // College Park, Md.
November 22 // TBA

at Ohio State
Covelli Center // Colmbus, Ohio
November 23 // TBA
Northwestern
Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill.
November 27 // 7 p.m.
Northwestern
Welsh-Ryan Arena // Evanston, Ill.
November 30 // TBA
NCAA Tournament·   NCAA First & Second Rounds // December 5-7 // Campus Sites·   NCAA Regionals // December 13-14 // Campus Sites·   NCAA Semifinals // Dec. 19 // PPG Paints Arena // Pittsburgh, Pa.·   NCAA Championship // Dec. 21 // PPG Paints Arena // Pittsburgh, Pa

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