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Redshirt Junior Diana Brown sets the ball during the game against the University of Colorado Boulder Sept. 4. Brown asserts dominance at the net which could elevate the team going into conference play.

Brown asserts dominance at net, sets Illini up for success heading into conference play

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 21, 2021

Having a good, reliable setter is essential to a balanced and dynamic offense. Former Illinois star and one-time Big Ten Setter of the Year Jordyn Poulter was a huge reason why the Illini made a run all...

The Illinois volleyball team bands together during the game against  the University of Colorado Boulder Sept. 4. The team goes undefeated in the Redbird Classic and scores 9-0 in final three nonconference matches.

Illinois goes undefeated in Redbird Classic, goes 9-0 in final three nonconference matches

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor September 18, 2021

The Illinois volleyball team (8-3) won the Illinois State Redbird Classic on Friday and Saturday, playing in three matches and not losing a set. Coming into the weekend, Illinois defeated Omaha and...

Graduate student Jon Davis runs during a match for cross country. Jon Davis started off his season with a first place win.

Men’s, women’s cross country teams take home first in Red Bird Invite

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer September 17, 2021

In just their second meet of the season, the Illini's depth was on full display. The cross country team traveled to Normal, Illinois for the Red Bird Invite hosted by Illinois State, which saw the Illini...

Sophomore Julia Cili kicks the soccer ball during a game against Xavier on Sept. 2. The team played against the Michigan Wolverines this weekend and had a close game losing 2-1.

Illinois fails to keep early lead against Michigan

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 17, 2021

After 106 minutes of a tough, gritty battle Illinois walked away with a tough 2-1 loss in Ann Arbor.  “I’m really proud of the way we fought,”said head coach Janet Rayfield. “Michigan had most...

Makena Silber waits for the ball during the game against Butler on Aug. 29 at Demirjian Park. The Illini open their Big Ten schedule with a road trip to Ann Arbor to take on the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines.

Illinois to begin conference slate with No. 21 Michigan

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 17, 2021

To kick off the Big Ten women’s soccer season, Illinois (4-3, 0-0) will travel up north to take on Michigan (6-1-1, 0-0) on Friday evening.  Illinois is currently riding on a lot of momentum after...

The Illinois womens volleyball team huddles during the game against the University of Colorado Boulder Sept. 4. The Illini will head to Normal, IL for the Redbird Classic for their final non conference tournament.

Illinois travels to Normal for Redbird Classic for final nonconference tournament

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 17, 2021

Quiet gyms. Conference matches. Restrictions galore. After a spring season stuffed with special circumstances, Illinois has returned to its regularly scheduled programming. With three weekends against...

Junior Katie Hohe runs during a meet. The teams continue with their strong start as they compete this weekend at the Red Bird Invitational.

Illinois men’s, women’s cross country teams look to continue strong start at Red Bird Invite

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

The Illini men and women’s cross country teams will be traveling to Normal, Illinois, on Sept. 17 for their second regular-season meet of the year: the Red Bird Invite. Illinois State will be hosting...

The womens basketball team huddles up before their game against Nebraska on Jan. 25. With the schedule being released, there are several games you do not want to miss.

Five games to look forward to for new-look Illini women’s basketball team

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

One could say the 2021 season ended on a high note for the Illinois women’s basketball team, but only after considering the context.  After suffering through separate ten- and six-game losing streaks,...

Junior Siyan Chen swings at a golfball at the Wolverine Invitational. Illinois placed top five at the match.

Illinois starts season strong, secures fifth-place finish in Wolverine Invitational

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

The Illini women’s golf team traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverine Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan. Illinois took a fifth-place finish behind Michigan, Virginia, Virginia...

Sydney Stephens dribbles the ball and looks for teammates during the game against Xavier on Sept. 2. After transferring from Georgia, Stephens has already settled into her new home in Champaign, bagging five assists through seven games.

Georgia transfer Stephens settles quickly in Champaign

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 14, 2021

Head coach Janet Rayfield isn’t known for dipping into the transfer portal for players, but when Sydney Stephens' name appeared, the coaching staff knew they had to jump on the opportunity.  “Sydney...

Midfielder Sydney Stephens runs along side her Butler opponent in an attempt to steal the ball during their game on Aug. 29. Stephens scored the winning goal in the Illinois soccer game against Toledo.

Stephens gets game-winning goal in physical match against Toledo

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 12, 2021

A back and forth match between Illinois and Toledo ended with Sydney Stephens scoring the game winning goal to get the 1-0 win and finish off non-conference play.  “As a gritty, physical battle it...

Illinois womens golf looks to start season strong at Wolverine Invitational

Illinois women’s golf looks to start season strong at Wolverine Invitational

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer September 12, 2021

Like the Illini men’s golf team, the women’s golf team is on a level on its own. Last season, after finishing in the top-five once, Illinois starts this season with three players named to the 2021-22...

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