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Illinois Volleyball: Jocelynn Birks and Liz McMahon Named Preseason All-Big Ten

On Friday, the head coaches of the Big Ten Conference voted on the Preseason All-Big Ten, and Illinois outside hitters Jocelynn Birks and Liz McMahon were among the 14 conference players to make the list.

Liz McMahon is entering her junior year with the Fighting Illini and was an All-Big Ten honoree a year ago. She finished second on the team in kills (400) and points (470.5), and finished third in hitting percentage (.270), blocks (.97) and aces (16) last season. McMahon led the Illini with 12 solo blocks as well.

On the other hand, redshirt sophomore Jocelynn Birks is coming off of a breakout season in 2012, where she led the team with 510 kills and 27 aces and ranking second in digs (262). According to fightingillini.com, Birks “became the 10th member of the 500-kill club in the final match of the season, finishing her rookie campaign ranked ninth all-time in single-season kills and recording the second-best freshman season in Illini history.”

Illinois, as an entire team, was also voted to finish in the top half of the conference in 2013.

2013 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Name School Yr. Position Hometown
Jocelynn Birks Illinois So. Outside Hitter Willow Springs, Ill.
Liz McMahon (2) Illinois Jr. Outside Hitter Liberty Township, Ohio
Jennifer Cross Michigan Sr. Middle Blocker Scarborough, Ontario
Lexi Dannemiller Michigan Jr. Setter West Chester, Ohio
Lexi Erwin Michigan Sr. Outside Hitter Spring, Texas
LAUREN WICINSKI Michigan State Sr. Outside Hitter Geneva, Ill.
TORI DIXON (3) Minnesota Sr. Middle Blocker Burnsville, Minn.
Ashley Wittman (3) Minnesota Sr. Outside Hitter Shakopee, Minn.
Stephanie Holthus (3) Northwestern Sr. Outside Hitter Burlington, Ill.
Megan Courtney Penn State So. Setter/Outside Hitter Dayton, Ohio
Micha Hancock Penn State Jr. Setter Edmond, Okla.
Deja McClendon (3) Penn State Sr. Outside Hitter Louisville, Ky.
ARIEL SCOTT (2) Penn State Sr. Rightside Hitter Ridgewood, N.J.
Katie Slay (3) Penn State Sr. Middle Hitter Raleigh, N.C.

UNANIMOUS SELECTION IN CAPS
(2)  Two-time selection
(3)  Three-time selection

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