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Top 5 Illinois sports moments of the semester

Top 5 Illinois sports moments of the semester

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

December 17, 2018


Filed under Semester-in-Review, Sports

The University of Illinois might not be home to the most successful teams in the country –– or even the Big Ten –– but the fall season was still filled with historic milestones and plenty of memorable moments. No. 1: Volleyball makes it back to the NCAA Final Four for the first time since ...

Final Four Notebook: A closer look at Illinois’ journey

Final Four Notebook: A closer look at Illinois’ journey

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

December 14, 2018


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

One last ride For seniors Jordyn Poulter, Ali Bastianelli and Blayke Hranicka, a Final Four loss marked the last time the three would compete together in an Illini uniform. Embracing after the game, the players met with their teammates at center court, tears in their eyes. "I think you think about the thing...

Illinois drops heartbreaker to Cornhuskers in Final Four

Illinois drops heartbreaker to Cornhuskers in Final Four

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

December 13, 2018


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

In 2016, assistant coach Chris Tamas walked off the Nationwide Arena court in Columbus, Ohio after a Final Four loss sent the Nebraska Cornhuskers home. Two years later, the now head coach for Illinois volleyball walked off the Final Four court at the Target Center in Minneapolis with the same result,...

Wittinger chases block record in senior season

Wittinger chases block record in senior season

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

As she nears the halfway point of her final season as an Illini, senior Alex Wittinger has continued to be the driving force of the Illinois women’s basketball team, a role she assumed early on in her career. Wittinger showed promise from the beginning of her career as a frequent starter and playi...

‘Twas the start of championship weekend

‘Twas the start of championship weekend

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

December 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Sports

‘Twas the Final Four day, when all through Illinois Not a sports fan was talking, not even a college boy; The steel beams were hung by the new football facility with care In hopes more recruits would soon be there; Lovie was kicking it back in his chair, Reliving a two-year extension some called ...

Illinois continues streak with win over Murray State

Illinois continues streak with win over Murray State

By JJ Kim, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s basketball team is on a six-game, home winning streak after defeating Murray State on Tuesday, 84-52. As the night began, the Illini looked to continue their home court success — Big Ten play is only two games away. Illinois’ victory was thanks, in large part, to a 22-poin...

Unfamiliar venue will pose challenge for Illinois

Unfamiliar venue will pose challenge for Illinois

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


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

Whether the Illinois volleyball team likes it or not, this weekend marks the end of the road for their storybook season. With very few expecting them to challenge for a Big Ten title, they put together one of the best seasons any team in Champaign has had in years, riding a second-place Big Ten finish ...

Tamas to face off against familiar program

Tamas to face off against familiar program

December 13, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

As the Illini head to Minneapolis for the Final Four for the first time since 2011, the program enters territory unfamiliar to every member of the team. For perspective, the last time the Illini made it to the national semifinals, the oldest members of the current team, seniors Jordyn Poulter, ...

Point guard play is hallmark of Illini basketball

Point guard play is hallmark of Illini basketball

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

For a long time, Illinois basketball was defined by greatness. It consistently competed in the Big Ten and made the postseason, putting together a team that threatened for a deep run. Recently, the program has run into something of a dry spell, and what a let down it’s been. For the first time in school history...

Illinois prepares to take on conference season

Illinois prepares to take on conference season

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 11, 2018


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

Following back-to-back home wins against Eastern Michigan and Indiana State, the Illinois women’s basketball team will continue their home-stretch hosting the Murray State Racers Tuesday night. While still in non-conference play, the Big Ten season is quickly approaching Illinois, which acted as t...

Team now prepares to play 2017 champions

Team now prepares to play 2017 champions

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


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

Final Four-bound Although he’s typically known as a calm and cool personality, Illinois head volleyball coach Chris Tamas couldn’t hold back tears  while reflecting on his team’s journey to qualify for the Final Four in his second season with the program. “To do it as a head coach, just t...

Illinois volleyball players come straight from the comics

Illinois volleyball players come straight from the comics

By Eli Schuster, Sport Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

First of all, I would like to apologize for any awkward eye contact. When I reminisce about my experience with the Illinois volleyball program, I can’t help but think about the numerous amounts of time I’ve locked eyes with one of the players and come up blank. Interviewing athletes has become ...

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