September 20-24, 2021
Diana Brun | RS-JR, Volleyball | Major: molecular and cellular biology
Junior red shirt Diana Brun was named the Big Ten Conference Setter of the Week after an incredible weekend of competition at the Redbird Classic. Brown led the Illini to a 3-0 record, with three sweeps, to win the tournament title. It was the first weekly conference honor for the Illini this season, and the second weekly honor of Brown’s career after being previously named Big Ten Freshman of the Week during the 2019 season.
Brown won tournament MVP and Tournament All-Star honors at the Redbird Classic after registering 103 assists, 11.44 assists per set, to lead the Illini to a 0.319 team hitting percentage in the weekend course. She added 17 digs, six blocks, three kills on a 0.200 hit percentage and an ace in all three wins.
Early in the tournament, Brown distributed 35 assists and steered the team to a .368 attacking clip, while also making four digs and three blocks against Missouri. She then guided the Illini to a season-best 0.375 hitting percentage in Illinois State after giving out 35 assists, five digs and two blocks. Brown finished the weekend registering 33 assists, eight digs, two assists and one block in the Illini’s third straight sweep against North Texas.
Brown, of Columbus, Ohio, is currently studying for his Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
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