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Illinois softball players celebrate Jaelyn Vickery during the game against Ohio State May 8. The team reflects on a successful season with multiple accolades amidst the pandemic.

Softball season rewind: Illinois makes strides, earns accolades in unusual season

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 30, 2021

The well-rounded Illinois softball team ended the season with a winning record, 24-20, improving upon its 11-11 campaign cut short by COVID-19 in 2020. The Illini also ended top three in the Big Ten in...

Sophomore Kelly Ryono prepares to bat during a game. Ryono hit her first career home run in a game against Ohio State on May 8.

Ryono gains confidence after hitting first career home run

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 24, 2021

Over the last two years of playing for the Illini, sophomore outfielder Kelly Ryono has manifested putting mind over matter. By embracing the grind and taking advantage of every moment, Ryono has expanded...

The Illini softball team huddles around after their game against Purdue on April 16. The teams regular season has now come to an end.

Illinois ends regular season in Iowa, finish with 24-20 record

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 16, 2021

Illinois softball's “no-fear mentality” and perseverance took them far as they strove to overcome any obstacle in their path and finished their regular season with an overall record of 24-20. This...

The Illinois softball team meets on the mound to discuss pitching strategies against Indiana April 23. This upcoming weekend, the Illini will face Iowa in its last four-game series of the regular season.

Illinois wraps up regular-season campaign with showdown at Iowa

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 14, 2021

This upcoming weekend, Illinois will face Iowa in its last four-game series of the regular season. Both teams are going into game one with an overall record of 23-17, yet that doesn’t faze the Illini....

The Daily Illini sports staff votes on mens player, womens player, coaches of the year

The Daily Illini sports staff votes on men’s player, women’s player, coaches of the year

By The Daily Illini Sports Staff May 10, 2021

Men's player of the year: Ayo Dosunmu (basketball) In an unanimous vote, junior Ayo Dosunmu was selected as The Daily Illini’s men’s player of the year. The Chicago native put together a historic...

Senior Katie Wingerter prepares to bat at a game against Minnesota March 26. The Illinois softball team Illinois solely won game three of the four-game series against Ohio State this weekend.

Illini close out home campaign, honor seniors

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 9, 2021

“Third time's a charm” was the presumed motto for this weekend after Illinois solely won game three of the four-game series against Ohio State. But the Illini finished with a series record of 1-3,...

The Illinois softball team heads off the field after a game against Minnesota March 28. The Illini will face Ohio State at Eichelberger Field for their last home series of the season this weekend.

Illinois sets up for last home series of season against Ohio State  

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 7, 2021

There are two four-game series left in the regular season for the Illini. The team is ready to put their all into these eight games, showing their opponents that they didn’t come to play. This upcoming...

Sophomore Gabi Robles runs to first base after a hit against Purdue on April 16. Robles tries to use obstacles she faces as motivation on the field during her games.

Robles uses personal obstacles as on-field motivation

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

Perfection is not a standard; it’s an obstacle. Yet, the drive for perfectionism can be a positive force. By taking this perfectionist mentality and honing in on personal skills, techniques and tactics,...

Junior Sydney Sickels throws a pitch during the game against Purdue on April 17. Illinois split the series against Northwestern 2-2 this past weekend.

Illinois splits four-game series with Northwestern despite timely hitting, solid pitching

By Allende Miglietta , Staff Writer May 2, 2021

After a tough four-game series against Northwestern, Illinois will return to Champaign with an overall record of 22-14. The Illini fought hard against the Wildcats, as they strove to keep their focus and...

Sophomore Miranda Gallardo slides into third base during a game against Purdue April 16. The Illinois softball team is in Evanston, Illinois this weekend hoping to overtake Northwestern in their four-game series.

Illinois looks to bring high energy to series with Northwestern

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

Over the past 32 games this season, Illinois has faced an ample amount of adversity. But with every challenge comes an opportunity. The team has overcome obstacles that have stood in its way, creating...

Sophomore Delaney Rummell gets ready to hit the softball April 16 against Purdue. Though Delaney has had many challenges, she has not let anything stop her from overcoming them.

Rummell uses injuries in middle school to motivate college performance

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer April 26, 2021

Sophomore utility player Delaney Rummell makes every moment count. In the process, she has found and molded her role on the team, her groove on the field and her consistent mindset. She has overcome challenge...

Sophomore Kelly Ryono bats at the softball game against Purdue on April 16.  Although the team did not win, they gave it their best shot.

Illini splits weekend series with Hoosiers despite strong pitching performances

By Allende Miglietta , Staff Writer April 25, 2021

The Illinois softball team ended its second-to-last home series with an overall record of 20-12. Though they didn’t win the series, the Illini persisted with diligence and perseverance. The team took...

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