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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, and he had 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 with...

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...

New location, same results for Illinois baseball over spring break

New location, same results for Illinois baseball over spring break

Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer
March 27
Filed under Baseball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Prior to spring break, Illinois baseball head coach Dan Hartleb said that he and his team were excited to play their first home games of the season. Hartleb went on to say that he thought the familiar surroundings and having the home fans behind them would provide the Illini with a boost. But,...

Underwood and Illinois retain Walker on staff

Underwood and Illinois retain Walker on staff

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
March 27
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

Illinois men's basketball has retained Jamall Walker as a member of its coaching staff. Walker spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach for John Groce’s staff at Illinois. When Groce was fired March 11, Walker was promoted to interim head coach and led Illinois to a 2-1 record in the National...

Illinois spring break sports briefs

Illinois spring break sports briefs

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
March 27
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling

Although the Illinois men's and women's basketball teams made news over spring break, other Illini sports competed during the break. Here is a rundown of some of the headlines Illini athletes made last week. Martinez loses title to Penn State in NCAA championship Junior Isaiah Martinez fell to...

Illinois men’s golf takes second at Lone Star Invitational

Illinois men’s golf takes second at Lone Star Invitational

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
March 24
Filed under Golf, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men's golf team breezed through its first two rounds, taking an eight-stroke lead into Tuesday’s final round at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio. Oklahoma, however, cruised through its last round, passing up the Illini and finishing at 40-under for the tournament. Illinoi...

Vukic’s upset victory not enough for Illinois men’s tennis

Vukic’s upset victory not enough for Illinois men’s tennis

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
March 23
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Illinois men’s tennis team fell to No. 19 TCU, 5-2 Wednesday night. The Illini are now 9-6 this season. The Horned Frogs dominated the Illini in doubles. The duo of juniors Aron Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic fell to TCU senior Jerry Lopez and Norrie on Court One. Guillermo Nunez and Alex Rybakov also d...

Illinois men’s basketball falls to Central Florida in NIT

Illinois men’s basketball falls to Central Florida in NIT

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
March 22
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Six Illinois men's basketball seniors saw their Illini careers come to an end Wednesday night. Illinois dropped the NIT quarterfinal matchup against Central Florida, 68-58. For the first time in school history, Central Florida played in front of a sold-out crowd. The game could not be played at the...

Hill moves into third on all-time scoring list in NIT win

Hill moves into third on all-time scoring list in NIT win

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
March 20
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Move over Dee Brown — Malcolm Hill has cemented his place in Illinois history. On a night featuring a 71-56 Illinois men's basketball NIT win over Boise State, Hill dropped 13 points, moving him into sole possession of third place in the program's all-time scoring list. The senior now has 1,817...

Get ready for wins and points in the Underwood era

Get ready for wins and points in the Underwood era

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
March 20
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Uncategorized

While many people have had their eyes fixated on the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament, Illinois stole the college basketball spotlight momentarily with the hiring of Brad Underwood. It was the Illini’s “One Shining Moment” of March. But, there’s a strong chance this hiring will sh...

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