Oxford, Mississippi – No. 17 Illinois Volleyball lost in straight sets to No. 9 Georgia Tech in the Ole Miss Invitational, the opening game of the 2022 season. Kayla Burbage – Transferred from Missouri – Gives Illini of the Gillom Athletics Performance Center an 11-kill, .450-hitting clip debut.
Illinois moved to 4 wins and 1 loss against Georgia Tech after their first meeting at 21.st century. The Illini is now 38-11 in the season opener, including his 5-1 record under head coaching. Chris Tamas.
Jessica Nanji He hit a kill to open the season for the Illinis before Georgia Tech pushed to a quick 8-4 lead to force an early timeout for Illinois. Going into the break, Orange and Blue tied his score at 4–0, with Yellow his jacket scoring his double figures first. After capitalizing on his second frame stoppage at 18-13, the Illini fought back to within two of him at 23-21 to force his Tech stoppage following a composite block. Kayla Burbage When Kyla SwansonGeorgia Tech gets two quick points to win the first set at 25-21.
Georgia Tech led wire-to-wire in set two. The Illini took a timeout midway through the frame making him 15-8, but Yellow couldn’t slow his jacket attack. Georgia Tech ran at .591 against the Illini’s .308 rate. in the second half of the frame, Brooke Mosher Attack for the first kill of her Illinois career.
Illinois came out of the break and struck first in the third frame to own some early lead. Georgia Tech broke his 9-9 tie to score his double-digit points first, but Raina Terry When Kennedy Collins The evening ones are quickly restored.a Kyla Swanson The kill tied the frame at 15-15, but Yellow Jackets stole the next three points to pull away in the second half. GT closed the frame with a 7-1 run to claim the match with a 25-17 win.
The third set action featured 15 draws and 5 lead changes, bringing the match’s totals to 20 and 8 respectively.
Diana Brown registered 41st In her career double-double, she had 29 assists and a team-best 10 digs. Burbage teamed with Brown to get her 11 kills in 20 swings and scored her clip hitting . 450 in her debut against Illini.
Raina Terry When Jessica Nanji Each added 7 kills to Orange and Blue, with Swanson and Collins both collecting 5 kills. Swanson operated with a .556 hit ratio, and he had nine error-free swings.
For Net, Collins recorded three blocks (one solo) and Terry added two more.
Illinois will wrap up the weekend’s action with a 1:00 PM CT match against weekend host Ole Miss on Sunday. The Rebels lost to Georgia Tech in four sets on Friday night.
– Starter: Kennedy Collins, Diana Brown, Kyla Swanson, Kayla Burbage, caroline burns, Raina Terry, Jessica Nanji
– The last time the Illini played an Opener against a ranked opponent was in a five-set win at No. 19 Tennessee in 2019. Illinois was his No. 6 at the time.
– Illinois is currently 38-11 in an all-time best season opener.
– Teams are back switching benches between sets for the first time since 2019.
– Illinois is one of three Big Ten teams in this weekend’s Top 25 matchups.