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Ladies Volleyball wrap up

Disappointing loss in the semi-finals last night for the ladies volleyball team.

That is the second year in a row that the ladies have fallen in the semi's...

Senior outside hitter Colleen Ward had 27 kills and Illinois advanced to its first championship match in school history, upsetting USC in five sets in the NCAA semifinals Thursday night.

The Illini (32-4) will face UCLA in Saturday's championship after the Bruins swept Florida State in the other semifinal.

Michelle Bartsch added 22 kills for the Illini in the 25-27, 25-18, 25-22, 18-25, 15-10 win. Alex Jupiter had 32 kills for USC (29-5).

By looking at the score, it seemed to be a pretty brutal match.

Here is a little more from the USC Athletic site...

Senior All-American Alex Jupiter, who had only seven kills through the first two sets, recorded 23 kills in the third and fourth sets to finish with 32 kills. Jupiter missed her career best of 33, set last weekend in the regional semifinal at Hawai'i. Senior All-America setter Kendall Bateman finished with a season-high 65 assists to go with 13 digs and tying her season best with four blocks for USC (29-5).

Senior All-American middle blocker Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas) was one off her career best with 18 kills while hitting .448 for the Women of Troy. Sophomore All-American libero Natalie Hagglund finished her season with 31 digs, two of her career high. Katie Fuller chipped in 11 kills while Sara Shaw added eight kills and 18 digs, one of her career high.

Tough way to go out for the seniors.

Here is the post game presser...

Next year Ladies...