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Fall sports lose traction throughout season, some exceptions

Fall sports lose traction throughout season, some exceptions

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

December 12, 2019

This fall, Illinois experienced memorable victories and tragic losses at nearly every turn. Some Illini teams saw serious growth in the latter part of 2019, while others fell victim to expectation-shattering campaigns. Despite what record books and scoreboards may suggest, the Illini were full of surpr...

Kovacevic leads Team USA to second-straight title at Master’U Tournament

Kovacevic leads Team USA to second-straight title at Master’U Tournament

By Luca Ripani, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

Illinois senior Aleks Kovacevic helped lead Team U.S.A. to its second-straight and ninth-overall title at the Master'U BNP Paribas Collegiate Tournament this weekend in Grenoble, France. Kovacevic was joined by Stanford's Alexandre Rotsaert and Keegan Smith of the University of California, Los Ange...

Illini host international players at Atkins Tennis Center

Illini host international players at Atkins Tennis Center

By Luca Ripani, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

Illinois hosted the annual JSM Challenger of Champaign-Urbana last week, running from Nov. 11-Sunday. Illinois hosted dozens of players from around the world in Urbana as part of the Association of Tennis Professionals Challenger Tour. Illini junior Alex Brown defeated Máté Valkusz of Hun...

Kovacevic heads to France

Kovacevic heads to France

By Luca Ripani, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

Hot off successful runs at the Fayetteville 25K at Arkansas and the Knoxville Challenger at Tennessee, Illinois senior Aleks Kovacevic was recently named to Team USA for the Master’U BNP Paribas Collegiate Tournament later this month in Grenoble, France. Kovacevic was selected by the US Tennis Asso...

Illinois racks up wins in Florida classic

Illinois racks up wins in Florida classic

By Jackson Janes, Contributing Writer

November 6, 2019

Senior Vuk Budic and red-shirt freshman Alex Bancila represented the Illini at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic Friday-Sunday in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Both players competed in singles and doubles play, racking up three wins over the course of the weekend. Budic and Bancila kicked...

Team aims to continue strong performances in upcoming tournaments

Team aims to continue strong performances in upcoming tournaments

By Jackson Janes, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

The Illini are looking to build off of senior Aleks Kovacevic’s success in Fayetteville, Arkansas, over the past week, with three tournaments set to take place over the next nine days. The team looks forward to competing in the Charlottesville Challenger, hosted by the University of Virginia, as...

Khlif, Montsi give perspectives on international tennis

Khlif, Montsi give perspectives on international tennis

By Jackson Janes and Luca Ripani, Contributing Writers

October 28, 2019

 The top 10-ranked NCAA Division I tennis programs currently average four international players on their rosters, with the average team size at 11, according to the NCAA. Although international players find greater difficulty with recruitment, as they have less exposure to NCAA coaches at tournaments a...

Men’s tennis competes in international tournament

Men’s tennis competes in international tournament

By Jackson Janes, Contributing Writer

October 9, 2019

Senior Zeke Clark competed at the Norman Open Series Men's 25k this weekend, picking up three wins over the course of the tournament. Clark entered the meet following a strong season debut in Milwaukee at the end of September. With a $25,000 prize at stake, Clark began the international tournament ...

Illini bring home 16 wins from California, Georgia

Illini bring home 16 wins from California, Georgia

By Jackson Janes, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2019

Five players were in action across the country this weekend for the Illini, accumulating 16 wins over four days of competition at the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, California, and the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Georgia. Junior Alex Brown made his season debut and was the lone Illi...

Illini compete in Wisconsin, Indiana

Illini compete in Wisconsin, Indiana

By Jackson Janes, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2019

This past weekend, five Illinois tennis players competed in two different meets in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in South Bend, Indiana, to open up the fall season. The players played a combined 21 games and racked up a total of nine wins over three days of competition. Redshirt freshman and five-star rec...

Illini to make most of fall semester

Illini to make most of fall semester

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

September 12, 2019

The men’s tennis team is no stranger to success. But after finishing second at the Big Ten Championship and sending two athletes to the NCAA tournament, the Illini are focused on one thing this fall: Making the most out of opportunities.   While Illinois’ regular tennis season doesn’t officially ...

Big Ten recognizes UI athletes’ academics

Big Ten recognizes UI athletes’ academics

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

May 30, 2019

On Wednesday, 1,824 students were named to the spring Big Ten Academic All-Conference team, eligibility determined by varsity-team status, full-time student status and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. From the University, a total of 73 spring student-athletes were selected. Baseball David Craan Casey D...

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