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Coaching staff brings professional energy

Coaching staff brings professional energy

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 11, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

In the summer after Illinois volleyball’s first Sweet 16 berth under Chris Tamas, the Illini needed an assistant coach whose focus would be passing and defense. Tamas knew who he wanted, bringing Alfred “Alfee” Reft on as the Illini’s second assistant coach. Reft and Tamas worked together i...

Bennett Williams released from Illini football team

Bennett Williams released from Illini football team

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

October 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

It was reported Wednesday afternoon by Bret Beherns of WCIA3 that safety Bennett Williams has been dismissed from the Illini football team for a violation of team rules. https://twitter.com/Schuster_Elias/status/1050213751490826241 The problem for Williams has been a consistent one, as the sophomore...

First tournament an ‘eye-opening’ experience for women’s tennis

First tournament an ‘eye-opening’ experience for women’s tennis

By Gabby Vazquez, Contributing Writer

October 10, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Tennis, Top Stories, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s tennis team concluded its first tournament of the fall season at the ITA Riviera All-American Championships in Azusa, California this weekend. The Riviera Tennis Club has hosted the All-American Championships for 34 years and has been a staple on the Illini's fall calendar. ...

From California to Illinois: Freshmen golfers bring new energy to team

From California to Illinois: Freshmen golfers bring new energy to team

By Gabby Hajduk, Contributing Writer

October 9, 2018


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

Freshmen golfers Crystal Wang and Kornkamol Sukaree have history on the golf course together. Both golfers are from Southern California and live about 40 miles from each other. Because Wang and Sukaree hail from the same area, they competed in some of the same tournaments in high school but never...

Illini back on track after win

Illini back on track after win

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

After the Illini sustained their first two losses of the year last weekend back-to-back against No. 3 Nebraska and No. 6 Wisconsin, two of the top teams in the Big Ten, Saturday’s match was more than just another run-of-the-mill sweep. “In practice after Wisconsin, we got in the gym and really ...

Illini experience plenty of change in new season

Illini experience plenty of change in new season

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

It was an overcast Friday, not unlike other October Fridays in Champaign, but inside the Ubben practice facility, it wasn’t just another Friday. Head coach Brad Underwood addressed the media for about half an hour before taking pictures with his team, marking the beginning of a new season for Illin...

Fabbrini added to national team staff

Fabbrini added to national team staff

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

October 8, 2018


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Showcase, Top Stories

For Illini hockey head coach Nick Fabbrini, there is no place like home, but soon enough he will be 5,791 miles away. Fabbrini was recently named an assistant coach for the 2019 U.S. Men’s National University Hockey Team. He will help the team during the 2019 Winter World University Games, taking...

Grades and game notes from Illinois’ 38-17 win over Rutgers

Grades and game notes from Illinois’ 38-17 win over Rutgers

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

October 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Bush return helps spark offense The Illinois run game powered Lovie Smith’s group to its first Big Ten win in nearly two years on Saturday, as the Illini posted 330 rushing yards. After only rushing for 78 total yards in 2017, junior running back Reggie Corbin ran for a career-best 137 yards on just ...

Volleyball falls to No. 5 Wisconsin

Volleyball falls to No. 5 Wisconsin

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

October 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illini faced off against fellow top-10 ranked Wisconsin Badgers and fell to the Badgers in four sets. Illinois got off to a strong start in the first set, passing the ball effectively to allow six different players to land crucial kills against Wisconsin. Redshirt junior Beth Prince led the Illi...

Illinois breaks Big Ten losing streak in road win

Illinois breaks Big Ten losing streak in road win

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

October 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

In recent years, the Illinois football program has set fans up for disappointment during Big Ten play. But after losing 13 straight Big Ten games, the Illini broke their losing streak. In a matchup defined by big plays, Illinois defeated Rutgers 38-17. “This is a big win for us. Every time you get a Big Ten...

Illinois offense improves while defense falls short of expectations

Illinois offense improves while defense falls short of expectations

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Former Illinois linebacker Christion Abercrombie is in critical condition after suffering a serious head injury on Saturday during Tennessee State’s game at Vanderbilt in Nashville. “Tennessee State University football student-athlete Christion Abercrombie remains in critical condition at Vander...

Illini of the Week: Freshman birdies team to victory

Illini of the Week: Freshman birdies team to victory

By Brendyn Jones, Contributing Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Golf, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

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...

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