Illinois ousts Florida to reach semifinals

Illinois ousts Florida to reach semifinals

Originally Published: December 10, 2011
By Mick Elliott

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The final point -- a fourth-set kill shot appropriately enough launched by outside hitter Colleen Ward that ricocheted off a defender and out of bounds -- hit the floor of the University of Florida's O'Connell Center with an emphatic pop, and the visiting Illinois Illini raised their arms as champions.

Next stop, the semifinals.

The 31-4 Illini, No. 1 in the nation for four weeks earlier in the season before coming into the volleyball postseason as the No. 3 ...

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