Illinois Sports – Illini Networkers host annual preseason event on Aug. 22

Champaign, Ill. – With Stuff Huff and the 2015 season right around the corner, the Illini Networkers will offer a 2015 season preview by hosting the Orange & Blue Scrimmage at Huff Hall on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. The Fighting Illini will draft two teams on Friday who will suit up against each other and provide a first look at the depth of the 2015 squad.

Illinois VolleyballThe scrimmage is a ticketed event, however unlike during the regular season, all seating is general admission. Season ticket packages include a ticket to the match, but reserved ticket holders are not guaranteed their regular seat. Admission is $5 to the general public, $2 for youth, and free for Illinois students with their I-Card. To purchase an advanced ticket, call 1-866-ILLINI-1, visit the Illinois Ticket Office or click here to buy online. Tickets will also be available for purchase on site at the ticket mobile located outside the West entrance to Huff Hall beginning one hour prior to the match. All proceeds will benefit the Fighting Illini volleyball program via the Illini Networkers.

The Illini return 13 players from the 2014 team, including two-time All-American Jocelynn Birks, Big Ten All-Freshman libero Brandi Donnelly, and two-time Defensive Player of the Week Katie Stadick. Additionally, the Illini staff brought in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, featuring Fab 50 freshmen Jordyn Poulter, Ali Bastianelli and Beth Prince, along with Oregon transfer Naya Crittenden.

The 2015 regular season begins on Friday, Aug. 28, when the Illini host Louisville as part of the Illini Classic. Louisville, Miami (Ohio) and Creighton will all be in town for opening weekend, with the year kicking off with the 10th annual Stuff Huff promotion on opening night.

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