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Illinois volleyball back on the road against Iowa and Nebraska

Illinois volleyball back on the road against Iowa and Nebraska

By Christian Evans, Staff writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

After winning three matches out of their four-match homestand, the Illinois volleyball team will depart from Champaign to face Iowa and Nebraska this weekend. Head coach Chris Tamas said the team will have to adjust to Iowa’s tendencies. “Iowa is a little bit like Ohio State,” Tamas said. “...

Cooney named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week

Cooney named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Outside hitter Megan Cooney was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week after helping the Illini secure two wins last weekend. Illinois swept Ohio State and Maryland during its three-game homestand. Cooney recorded 19 total kills, averaging 3.17 per set over both matches. She allowed only fou...

Cast steps up for Illini with new personal best at Nuttycombe Invite

Cast steps up for Illini with new personal best at Nuttycombe Invite

By Jared Farmer, Contributing writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Sports, Women's Sports

With a majority underclassmen team, Illinois women’s cross country has had one focus this season: growing both as runners and as a team. Freshman Nicki Cast has served as the epitome of that goal, racking up several impressive races. On Friday, Cast ran a mile pace of 6:04 to finish her first 6...

Illini soccer on the cusp of breaking through

Illini soccer on the cusp of breaking through

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

The feeling of being on the cusp of success can be a double-edged sword: You are close to achieving your goals, but at the same time you are unable to take anything for granted without wasting the hard work already put in to succeed. This is the position Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield finds...

SAAC lets volleyball players lead off the court

SAAC lets volleyball players lead off the court

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Junior Beth Prince looked beyond the volleyball court to improve the campus she calls home. Two years ago, Prince volunteered to represent the Illinois volleyball team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Since then, her involvement has cultivated into a role on the executive board as ...

Illinois soccer falls 4-0 to Minnesota on Senior Day

Illinois soccer falls 4-0 to Minnesota on Senior Day

By Miles Powers-Huang, Contributing writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Sometimes the final box score for a sporting event doesn’t tell the full story of the game. Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield felt the 4-0 loss in the game against Minnesota on Sunday was one of those instances. After Minnesota opened the game with an early goal, there was a long period...

Illinois volleyball go 2-0 on the weekend

Illinois volleyball go 2-0 on the weekend

By Christian Evans, Staff writer

October 15, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

In its first full weekend of play without senior libero Brandi Donnelly, Illinois volleyball defeated both Ohio State and Maryland. Freshman Morgan O’Brien stepped in as Donnelly’s replacement and said the transition has gone well so far. “(Donnelly) is someone who is great to look up to, and s...

Illini fall to the Badgers in a close contest

Illini fall to the Badgers in a close contest

By Miles Powers-Haung, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

As Wisconsin’s Dani Rhodes 87th-minute shot deflected off of Jaelyn Cunningham’s hands and into the back of the net, a performance that might have deserved a draw turned into a loss for the Illini, snapping their two-game winning streak. Rayfield lamented the result of the game being determined...

Illinois volleyball begins life without Donnelly against Ohio State, Maryland

Illinois volleyball begins life without Donnelly against Ohio State, Maryland

By Christian Evans, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

After losing senior Brandi Donnelly to injury over the weekend, Illinois volleyball is looking at upcoming matches against Ohio State and Maryland to show it can still play without its lone senior. Head coach Chris Tamas expects the whole team to step up and replace her production. “These situatio...

Illini of the Week: Jaelyn Cunningham

Illini of the Week: Jaelyn Cunningham

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Most people believe being a goalkeeper in soccer is simple: you keep the ball out of the back of the net. In reality, the skills required to be a great goalkeeper are not so straightforward. However, Illinois’ sophomore Jaelyn Cunningham is beginning to flash those traits. Cunningham, who leads...

Illini Prepare for Stacked Ed Nuttycombe Invite

Illini Prepare for Stacked Ed Nuttycombe Invite

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

Fresh off a week off from competition, the Illinois cross country team will be heading up to Madison, Wisconsin, for the ninth annual Ed Nuttycombe Invite. The event — set for Friday, Oct. 13 — will be one of the more competitive meets for both the men and women’s teams so far and may be one of ...

Illinois women’s tennis prepares for ITA Regional tournament

Illinois women’s tennis prepares for ITA Regional tournament

By Satvik Sethia, Staff writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Sports, Tennis, Women's Sports

Despite dropping two of its last three regular season games last spring, the Illinois women's tennis team has high hopes for the upcoming year. Head coach Evan Clark was optimistic about the fall season's upcoming matches, and he did not put much weight on the team's most recent results. "We're ...

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