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Illinois softball defeats Illinois State at home

Illinois softball defeats Illinois State at home

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 30
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Stephanie Abello stepped up at the plate Wednesday night at Eichelberger Field. The sophomore went 2-2 with a solo home run to lead Illinois to a 5-3 victory over Illinois State. “My approach at the plate has been whatever my team needs me to do,” Abello said. “I’m staying within the t...

Best game of 2010s Bracket

Best game of 2010s Bracket

March 30
Filed under Sports

Bracket Intro The 2010s have already given sports fans some of the most iconic moments of all time. The past 12 months themselves have consisted of memorable games. This year, the Daily Illini sports staff voted on a bracket of 32 games or events from the 2010s so far. The staff determined the see...

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball player joins Colombia National Team

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball player joins Colombia National Team

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
March 30
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball

Before Dago Saenz hit the basketball court at the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games, he had to learn parts of a language. Saenz, who was born in Colombia and can speak fluent Spanish, is used to speaking English when playing for the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team. When he joined the Colo...

Hardy, Meyer aspire to continue Illinois golf’s PGA pipeline

Hardy, Meyer aspire to continue Illinois golf’s PGA pipeline

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
March 30
Filed under Sports

Luke Guthrie. Scott Langley. Thomas Pieters. Thomas Detry. Charlie Danielson. There’s a long list of former Illinois men’s golfers who have gone on to compete at the PGA or European Tour levels since head coach Mike Small has been in charge. Juniors Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer want to add their na...

Breanna Wonderly leads on and off the field for Illinois softball

Breanna Wonderly leads on and off the field for Illinois softball

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 30
Filed under Illini of the Week, Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Senior Breanna Wonderly commands the mound like no other pitcher on the Illinois softball team. Every time she steps on the mound, she places the ball on her hip and then rolls it three times before she slides it into her glove. This assures that she is fully in sync before she throws her pitch. She...

Illinois women’s tennis team riding winning streak heading into conference play

Illinois women’s tennis team riding winning streak heading into conference play

Christian Evans, Staff writer
March 30
Filed under Sports, Tennis, Women's Sports

After beating all three opponents Illinois women’s tennis faced this past weekend, the team is currently on a four-match winning streak. Head coach Evan Clark attributed his team’s recent success to its ability to execute in important situations. “We have gotten some confidence,” Clark said....

Illinois women’s gymnastics seniors reflect on their time at Illinois

Illinois women’s gymnastics seniors reflect on their time at Illinois

Danielle Williams, Staff writer
March 30
Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

As their season comes closer to an end, the Illinois women's gymnastics seniors are now reflecting on their college careers. Seniors Erin Buchanan and Sarah Lyons have enjoyed their time competing for the Illini and have appreciated the the support from their teammates and coaches. “It’s overw...

Kwong named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Kwong named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
March 29
Filed under Sports, Tennis, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Illinois senior Louise Kwong earned the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor Tuesday, coming off a 5-0 weekend on the court. Kwong clinched the Illini’s 5-2 win over No. 33 Maryland on Sunday with her defeat of Alexandra Stanova at No. 1 singles. She bounced back from losing the first...

Illinois men’s tennis Aleks Vukic earns weekly Big Ten honor

Illinois men’s tennis Aleks Vukic earns weekly Big Ten honor

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
March 29
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

For the third time this season, Aleks Vukic was named the Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week. The junior is coming off four singles match victories against ranked opponents — three ranked in the top-15. Ranked No. 20 himself, Vukic handed TCU's No. 3 Cameron Norrie his first loss of the...

Illinois baseball continues home woes against Bradley

Illinois baseball continues home woes against Bradley

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
March 28
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois third baseman Trent Hammond already had two hits Tuesday evening, as well as a chance to tie up the game with his third. Instead, the senior struck out swinging with runners on second and third base to end the game, a 2-0 loss to Bradley at home. The Illini’s inability to break through w...

Illinois wrestling Martinez falls short of third consecutive title

Illinois wrestling Martinez falls short of third consecutive title

Brian Binz, Staff writer
March 28
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

The match started like any other one for Isaiah Martinez. However, it quickly shifted to unfamiliar territory. Martinez began by taking down Penn State's Vincenzo Joseph on Saturday, March 18, and gaining a 2-0 advantage. However, the Penn State freshman rallied with an escape and a takedown and enter...

Illinois men’s tennis drops two matches out west

Illinois men’s tennis drops two matches out west

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
March 28
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The No. 25 Illinois men's tennis team wrapped up its west coast road trip Monday by falling to Stanford, 4-2. The Illini also dropped their contest to the Golden Bears in a 4-3 match Saturday. California's No. 4 doubles pair of Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat toppled Illinois’ No. 23 duo of juniors Aron Hiltzik and Aleks Vu...

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