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
|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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