(WCIA) — Champaign native Mica Allison is leaving the Illinois Volleyball program to pursue a beach volleyball career, the junior announced on social media. The St. Thomas More graduate says she plans to finish out the season with Illinois, but will graduate early.
“I want to thank everyone at Illinois who has helped me evolve as not only an athlete but also as a person,” says Allison via a social media post. “I’m so thankful for my family, my coaches, and my teammates. These people here are unbelievably special and made my time here so unforgettable.”
Allison was named to the SEC all-freshman team after playing a semester at Auburn. She transferred to Illinois after that, and totaled more than than 100 kills with the Illini. This season, the junior has only played in four matches.
Illini outside hitter Raina Terry was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, earning her first conference honor. In a sweep against Maryland last weekend, the freshman led the team with 36 kills and 21 digs. On Friday, she came within just two aces of a triple-double earning 13 kills and career-highs of 15 digs. her eight aces in a single match were also the second-most in program history.