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Former Illini Michelle Bartsch-Hackley dives to save the ball July 27 during the Tokyo Olympics. All eight former Illini at the Olympics have been working hard.

Illini at the Olympics: Poulter, Bartsch-Hackley advance to quarterfinals with Team USA volleyball

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor August 2, 2021

Last Friday, the Tokyo Olympics kicked off. Eight former Illini are competing. Here’s how the Illini did this week. Tyson Bull (Gymnastics, Australia) Bull is competing for Australia in artistic...

These five rings represent the five main regions that have been brought together by the Olympic Movement. The Olympics start July 23 and will run through to August 8.

Eight Illinois alumni to attend Tokyo Olympic Games

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor July 21, 2021

After being postponed for one year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics are set to begin Wednesday, with opening ceremonies slated for Friday. Despite the uncertainty around the...

Aleks Kovacevic smiles after winning a singles match against Notre Dame May 8. Kovacevic reflects on his past five years at Illinois.

Falling into place: Take a look back at Kovacevic’s five years at Illinois

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer June 6, 2021

Aleks Kovacevic’s decision to play at Illinois wasn’t long in the works at all. In fact, the Midwest wasn’t even a blip in the New York native’s mind. That was until a loss turned into a win in...

Senior Zeke Clark stands in the middle of a team circle May 8 against Norte Dame. Over a long season, the team has accomplished a lot and proven to be strong together.

Men’s tennis season rewind: Illinois rides early stride throughout season to capture its successes

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 27, 2021

Illinois men’s tennis capped off its season with much to show for its unprecedented year.  The Illini had plenty of talent heading into the season, as head coach Brad Dancer welcomed back a familiar...

The Illinois tennis team cheers on teammates from the bench during their game May 7 against Depaul. The teams bench energy continues to hype up every player on the team.

Bench boost: Men’s tennis credits energy, enthusiasm from sidelines for successful season

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 25, 2021

It was the third round of the NCAA tournament, and Illinois was playing against Florida.  The bench was in the stands alongside the fans, as only certain people had clearance to be on the courts during...

Senior Aleks Kovacevic shakes hands with another player during their game against Notre Dame May 8.  Aleks Kovacevic, Siphosothando Montsi and Zeke Clark will enter the NCAA singles competition.

Three Illini enter NCAA singles competition

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 22, 2021

Three strong links in Illinois’ chain will continue their NCAA campaigns in the individual singles tournament: Aleks Kovacevic, Siphosothando Montsi and Zeke Clark. The NCAA released its selections...

Senior Noe Khlif and sophomore Siphosothando Montsi celebrate after gaining a point in a match on May 8 against Notre Dame. In Florida, the team had a lot of support from Illinois fans bu fell to top-seeded Florida in the Round of 16.

Bittersweet 16: Illinois falls to Florida in NCAA tournament

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 18, 2021

The Illinois men’s tennis team wrapped up its postseason run with a 4-0 loss to Florida in the third round of the NCAA tournament. The No. 1 seed proved to be a challenging tussle for Illinois, as...

Senior Aleks Kovacevic smiles after winning a match against Notre Dame on Saturday. The 16-seeded Illini will strive to showcase all its talents when they face No. 1 Florida at the NCAA tournament.

Illinois to take talents to Sweet 16, will play Florida in NCAA tournament

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 15, 2021

Aleks Kovacevic honestly doesn’t know what has clicked for the Illinois men’s tennis team this season.   On top of earning a Big Ten regular season accolade and the championship, Illinois is on...

The Daily Illini sports staff votes on mens player, womens player, coaches of the year

The Daily Illini sports staff votes on men’s player, women’s player, coaches of the year

By The Daily Illini Sports Staff May 10, 2021

Men's player of the year: Ayo Dosunmu (basketball) In an unanimous vote, junior Ayo Dosunmu was selected as The Daily Illini’s men’s player of the year. The Chicago native put together a historic...

The Illinois mens tennis team poses in front of the scoreboard at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on Saturday. Illinois beat DePaul and Notre Dame to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

Illinois defeats DePaul, Notre Dame to advance in NCAA Tournament

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 9, 2021

The Illinois men’s tennis team is off to the Sweet 16. That’s the next set of challenges Illinois is looking to take on after knocking out DePaul and Notre Dame in the first and second rounds of...

Illinois to host NCAA Regionals, looks to avenge 2019 second-round loss

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

On Monday, the NCAA selection show unveiled the 64 teams that will play in the national tournament.  The 16-seeded Illinois men’s tennis team will host DePaul, Notre Dame and Western Michigan for...

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The Illinois men’s tennis team celebrates on the court after winning the Big Ten tournament Sunday.

Illini of the week: Illinois shows resilience, wins Big Ten Tournament title over Ohio State

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

No one closes out clutch matches quite like Zeke Clark, and Sunday’s play served as another reminder. With Illinois and Ohio State tied at 3-3, the Big Ten championship ultimately culminated to Clark’s...

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