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Dosunmu continues to excel on the court, elevates Illinois to top-20 ranking

Illinois Fighting Illini guard Ayo Dosunmu (11) dribbles up the court on Tuesday at Mackey Arena. The Illini won 79-62.

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

No. 19-ranked Illinois is playing its best stretch of basketball in head coach Brad Underwood’s tenure, winning six straight Big Ten games. Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu has been the certified lethal weapon for Underwood. While Dosunmu struggled in Illinois’ first win of the streak at home against...

Illini of the Week: Freshman birdies team to victory

Illinois men’s golf freshman Adrien Dumont de Chassart competes at the OFCC/FI Invitational in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

By Brendyn Jones, Contributing Writer

October 4, 2018

Since the Illini men’s golf team is young, it’s fair to question who the emerging leaders are. Last year, Illinois graduated two players, Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer, who were extremely impactful and accomplished a lot, not also with their performance but with their leadership. “I like to thi...

Illini of the Year: Illinois baseball’s Bren Spillane

Illinois infielder Bren Spillane (9) hit his 22nd home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh to make it 11-8 on Saturday, May 19.

By Gavin Good

May 7, 2018

Coming into the 2018 season, there was not a lot of hype surrounding junior Bren Spillane and the Illinois baseball team. The Illini make up a team returning much of its talent, and Spillane was merely a player with potential. He had struggled to play well consistently in his first two years while ...

Nick Hardy setting the course

Nick Hardy setting the course

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

May 3, 2018

Senior Nick Hardy’s backdrop over the past 20 years has looked awfully green. The two-time individual Big Ten Champion is about to wrap up his record-breaking career on the Illinois men’s golf team and he has a lot to reflect on. Hardy helped lead the Illini to four consecutive Big Ten Championshi...

IOTW: Alex Diab and Illini men’s gymnastics

Alex Diab is this week's chosen Illini for his skill and work ethic. His second place finish in the still rings event of the Big Ten gymnastics championship helped bring the Illini to a triumphant championship win.

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

April 12, 2018

Athletic talent cannot be bought; it is given. For Illinois gymnast Alex Diab, this idea is ingrained within him by his coach, which Diab then passes down to his teammates as well. The Illini men’s gymnastics team captured the Big Ten championship on Friday with a team total of 413.900. Accordin...

From California, Oestreich finds her home with Illinois softball

Junior Emily Oestreich pitches for Illinois. Oestreich recently moved from California and is adjusting to being on such a large campus, but she finds comfort in her new teammates.

March 15, 2018

Being “the new girl” can be scary. But for junior pitcher Emily Oestreich, it wasn’t so bad. Oestreich’s journey to Illinois began in at Vintage High School in Napa, California. By her senior year, she had collected two All-State honors, an MEL Pitcher of the Year title and a spot in Fl...

Illini of the Week | A rematch one year in the making

Martinez became the first Illini to win four Big Ten Championships, and he hopes to win the national championship.

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

March 8, 2018

Isaiah Martinez’ matchup against Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph was a battle 351 days in the making. This was the fourth time these two would meet. Going in, Martinez was 2-1 against Joseph. Their previous matchup was in last year’s NCAA Championships, where the then-freshman Joseph pinned the two-time cham...

Illini of the Week: Prince gets her time to shine

Illinois outside hitter Beth Prince gets ready to hit the ball during the match against Stanford at Huff Hall on Sept. 8.

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

September 25, 2017

Redshirt sophomore Beth Prince is just getting started on her collegiate volleyball career. In high school, the Avon, Indiana native was named a All-American four consecutive times and found her home at the University of Illinois after she broke into the top 60 on the website’s...

Illini of the Week: Bobby Roundtree

Illini of the Week: Bobby Roundtree

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

September 14, 2017

Bobby Roundtree isn't very comfortable with the media yet. The 6-foot-5, 245 lb. true freshman defensive end is very polite, always calling everyone sir, a little shy and speaks slowly because he is very careful of what he wants to say. For someone with such a physical presence, his demeanor during...

Consistency propels Meyer to success

Dylan Meyer takes a practice swing at the Demirjian Golf Practice Facility on April 6.

By Daily Illini Staff Report

May 4, 2017

Junior Dylan Meyer continues to rack up awards. Coming off of his third consecutive title of the season and earning the Big Ten individual championship, Meyer was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Looking back to his freshman year, Meyer had a 73.08 stroke average and has since brought it down to 70...

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 26, 2017

When Illinois men’s tennis head coach Brad Dancer first met Aleks Vukic, it wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, the first time Dancer ever saw Vukic play, he lost. “I watched (former Illini) Jared (Hiltzik) beat up on him pretty good,” Dancer said. “I gave him a business card and said ‘hey,...

IOTW: With no captains, McInerney just leads

Pat McInerney (27) takes a lead off of first in anticipation of stealing second base against Bradley at Illinois Field on Tuesday, March 28.

By Stephen Cohn, Staff writer

April 5, 2017

Illinois first baseman Pat McInerney’s mindset is not looking for a first-pitch fastball or to shorten up his swing with two strikes — although, he is brilliant at both. Instead, his key to success is swagger. “Just having the feeling of showing up to the field every day knowing you’re going...

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