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All-time starting 11 shows off star Illini soccer players

Junior Vanessa DiBernardo fights for control of the ball in a match during the 2012 season.

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

June 5, 2020

The Illinois women’s soccer team has been in a slump over the past several seasons, going six years without an NCAA Tournament appearance. However, there are still many talented players to come out of the program. Here is Illinois’s all-time starting 11. Goalkeeper - Leisha Alcia Leisha Alcia is one o...

Kawai, Rabinowitz named to Big Ten All-Conference team

Illinois' Asuka Kawai returns the ball during the match against Notre Dame at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. The Illini won 4-3.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

June 2, 2020

Juniors Asuka Kawai and Mia Rabinowitz were named to the Big Ten women’s tennis All-Conference team on May 20. For both, the honor came as a surprise but for very different reasons.  Heading into the season, Kawai was far and away the most talented player on the Illinois women's tennis roster. She ...

Illini softball stays together while social distancing

Junior Catcher Bella Loya waits for the pitch during the match against Baylor on Feb. 21.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

The last time an Illinois team competed in a sporting event this school year was on March 12: the Illinois softball team’s win at Missouri. The team has been at home, communicating through apps like GroupMe and Snapchat while social distancing. “Our group chat stays definitely hot during this...

Whitman, Illinois plan for return of men’s basketball, football student-athletes June 3

Illinois wide reveiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and teammates celebrate a touchdown during the game against Wisconsin.  The Illini won 24-23.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

May 22, 2020

For the first time in months, Josh Whitman was able to give his staff, his student-athletes and Illinois fans positive information when it comes to the return of sports. On Friday, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its preparing to return Illini football and m...

Big Ten honors trio of Illini women’s golfers

Senior Tristyn Nowlin watches her ball fly through the air during competition.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 22, 2020

In a shortened year, these Illinois women's golfers only needed a few meets to showcase their talent and get recognized. Senior Tristyn Nowlin and sophomore Kornkamol Sukaree were named to the All-Big Ten First Team and Second Team, respectively, while sophomore Reena Sulkar was nominated as Illinois'...

Four Illini women’s gymnasts earn All-Big Ten honors

Freshman Mia Takekawa completes her routine at the Big Five Meet in Toledo, Ohio on Feb. 21.

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

May 20, 2020

Despite an early end to the season, the All-Big Ten gymnastics teams were released, and four Illini were honored. Freshman Mia Takekawa received First Team honors, and freshman Arayah Simons, sophomore Shaylah Scott and senior Karen Howell received Second Team honors. Back in January, Takekawa famously scored a ...

Team of the century: 2018-2019 Illini start, finish season strong

The Illinois 2018-2019 Women's Golf team poses for a team photo.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

May 17, 2020

Throughout the 21st century, the Illinois women’s golf team has started to achieve more and more success. Top finishes in invites and Big Ten tournaments have been part of some of their achievements, but one team won more than the rest. The 2018-19 team won three invites and made it to the NCAA Cha...

Edwards, Paradise receive Big Ten Medals of Honor

Seniors Taylor Edwards and Michael Paradise became Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients on Wednesday.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

May 16, 2020

Illinois announced Taylor Edwards, senior in AHS, and Michael Paradise, senior in Engineering, as the recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor on Wednesday via Twitter. Each year, the University honors one male and one female senior athlete with the award. Edwards played four seasons of softball and ...

Dosunmu, Quade win Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year awards

Senior Jacqueline Quade and Sophomore Ayo Dosunmu were named Dicke Eddleman Athletes of the Year on Wednesday.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 14, 2020

Illinois men’s basketball guard Ayo Dosunmu and women’s volleyball outside hitter Jacqueline Quade were named Dike Eddleman Athletes of the Year for their past season performances. The award is named after Dike Eddleman, who garnered 11 varsity letters at Illinois. Dosunmu became the first male b...

Team of the century: 2017-2018 women’s tennis team leverage young talent to all-time high

Junior Jaclyn Switkes serves the ball during the match against Furman on Feb. 10, 2018.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

May 14, 2020

During the near half-century since the inception of the Illinois women’s tennis program, the team regularly achieved good but not great results, mostly turning in seasons of slightly over .500 play. However, during the 2017-2018 season, the team showed they could be something more. They caught light...

Best Illini Uniforms: Orange with blue stripe ranks at top of 2019 volleyball jerseys

Junior Kylie Bruder sets the ball during the match against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 21, 2019.

By Brendyn Jones, On-Air Editor

May 13, 2020

Any Illini fan that has ever been to an Illinois volleyball game at Huff Hall knows how great the atmosphere is. At full capacity, Huff Hall is aggressively loud, and combined with when the fans all come in the same color, the home-court advantage Huff Hall gives has to be great. The aesthetic of the ...

Best Illini uniforms: blue-white heads 2019 softball jersey combinations

Freshman Avrey Steiner fields the ball during the match against Virginia Tech on May 17, 2019.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

May 10, 2020

If you’re running the uniforms for an Illini team, you have two distinct colors to choose from: orange and blue. White is also allowed, but everyone has that option. The beauty of Illinois athletics is the ability to have crisp uniforms and original colors, unlike most teams in the Big Ten. Did you k...

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