The Illinois State volleyball team punched its ticket to a third-straight NCAA tournament after securing the MVC tournament championship on April 3, when the Redbirds beat Loyola Chicago in four sets at Redbird Arena. It marked the first time the Redbirds made it to three-straight NCAA tournaments since the 1996–1998 seasons.

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The Redbirds finished the spring season at 17–6 overall, falling to UNLV in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In addition to the MVC tournament championship, they also won the league’s regular season title. They earned an automatic bid to an NCAA tournament with just 48 teams instead of the usual 64 to due COVID-19, making the admittance to the field even more noteworthy.