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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 ...

Win secures Final Four spot

Win secures Final Four spot

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

December 8, 2018


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

Beth Prince, Jordyn Poulter and Blayke Hranicka sat on the bench laughing as the clock on the Huff Hall scoreboard ticked under the 30-minute pregame mark. Two hours and 14 minutes later, the three would meet again but piled in a group hug and accompanied by their teammates, celebrating the Illinois...

Illinois headed to Elite 8 after sweep of Marquette

Illinois headed to Elite 8 after sweep of Marquette

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


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

Despite an unusual 11 a.m. start time, the Illinois women’s volleyball team continued its postseason run with a sweep over Marquette. The Illini got a strong performance in all aspects of the game to clinch a spot in the program's seventh-ever Elite Eight that will take place at Huff Hall on Saturday. For...

Illinois remains undefeated at home with victory over Indiana State

Illinois remains undefeated at home with victory over Indiana State

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Almost halfway through a six-game homestand, the Illinois women’s basketball team is on a two-game win streak after defeating Indiana State University on Wednesday night 75-57. Coming into the night, Illinois had a perfect (4-0) home record, while Indiana State had a perfect (4-0) road record. The...

Illinois to play Friday in Sweet 16

Illinois to play Friday in Sweet 16

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

NCAA tournament play will return to Huff Hall this Friday as the Illinois volleyball team competes for a spot in Saturday’s regional final. Illinois advanced to this weekend’s competition after beating tourney newcomer Eastern Michigan on Friday in three sets and Louisville on Saturday in fo...

Senior season for Illini swimmer Serniute coming together

Senior season for Illini swimmer Serniute coming together

By Gabby Vazquez, Staff writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Swim & Dive, Women's Sports

Illinois swimmer Gabriele Serniute believes inspiration comes from just about anything, but it presents itself in different ways. The senior can attest to this herself. The Lithuania native started swimming at age 9. Her father was watching swimming on the television one day and told Serniute he wanted ...

Volleyball stays on winning track

Volleyball stays on winning track

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The 2018 season marks Illinois volleyball’s second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 under second-year head coach Chris Tamas. But the NCAA tournament isn’t unfamiliar territory for the Illini. The 44-year-old program has made 25 NCAA appearances and clinched four Big Ten conference titles sin...

Women’s basketball gets overtime win, moves to 5-2 on the season

Women’s basketball gets overtime win, moves to 5-2 on the season

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018


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

After a two-game losing streak on the road, the Illinois women’s basketball team got back in the win column at home this weekend beating Eastern Michigan 72-66 in overtime. Senior Alex Wittinger and junior Ali Andrews led Illinois to its six-point victory, both scoring in the double-digit range....

Illinois tops Louisville, heads to Sweet 16

Illinois tops Louisville, heads to Sweet 16

By Brain Binz, Staff writer

December 3, 2018


Filed under Sports Top Stories, Top Stories, Volleyball

After breezing through Eastern Michigan during the first round of the NCAA tournament at Huff Hall, the No. 1-seed Illinois volleyball team faced a more challenging test in round two. Fresh off a three-game sweep of Dayton, the Louisville Cardinals found themselves in a position very similar to one ...

Illinois blocks NCAA competition in home victories

Illinois blocks NCAA competition in home victories

December 3, 2018


Filed under Volleyball

It is unlikely any team wants to face the Illini at Huff Hall. While the venue is known for its various fan nights — including the ever-popular Stuff Huff and IlliNOISE Night — the crowd for Friday’s NCAA tournament match was nothing short of impressive. Attendance was just over 4,000 and a major...

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