The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

All content by James Boyd
A journey reenvisioned

A journey reenvisioned

The high bar in men’s gymnastics stretches just under...

Illinois forward Greg Eboigbodin (11) puts up a layup during the game against Purdue at the State Farm Center on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The Illini lost 93-86.

Illinois’ Eboigbodin is still finding his way

Trailing 37-28 in the midst of a 14-6 run by Purdue,...

Illinois forward Leron Black dribbles to the basket during the game against Nebraska at the State Farm Center on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Black’s game speaks volumes for Illinois

On the court, Leron Black has no problem talking. His...

Illinois forward Leron Black (12) shoots the ball during the game against Wisconsin at the State Farm Center on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

Illinois comes back but loses fourth straight game

On Illinois’ final possession of the game, Te’Jon...

Illinois guard Mark Alstork drives to the basket during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on Jan. 11. The Illini lost in overtime 104-97.

Alstork steps up for Illinois

Mark Alstork has struggled to score the ball this season. The...

Mark Alstork makes a move to get by his defender in the Illinis game agaisnt Rutgers. Alstork had a season high 19 points against Ohio State on Sunday.

Illinois falls short at Ohio State

Looking for its first road win against a ranked opponent...

Illinois guard Trent Frazier tries to draw contact on his way to the basket during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.

Illinois looks to knock off No. 17 Ohio State

Illinois won its second consecutive Big Ten game, five...

Illinois forward Leron Black shoots a three during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The Illini won 73-71.

Illinois looks to pull even with Rutgers

Trent Frazier drove down the lane, drew three defenders...

Illinois guard Trent Frazier goes up for a layup during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The Illini won 73-71.

Frazier prepares for big moments at Illinois

Up two with 8.3 seconds left, Trent Frazier had the...

Illinois forward Kipper Nichols (2) rises up for a dunk during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Illinois men’s basketball takes on Indiana

The last time the Illinois men’s basketball team...

Illinois guard Trent Frazier (1) calls out a play during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Illinois men’s basketball looks to upset Michigan State

On Feb. 7, 2013, Tyler Griffey scored a layup at the...

Illinois forward Leron Black (12) shoots a three during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Illinois men’s basketball loses big at Wisconsin

Over the past several games, the narrative has been...

A portrait of Ana Rodas.

Undocumented and unbothered

Student finds strength through her faith

In Ana Rodas’ room, right next to her closet, she’s...

Illinois’ Annie Fleming takes a swing against Minnesota on Saturday. The Illini left the series with one win.

Illinois softball’s season ends in 4-2 loss

After being bounced out of the NCAA Tournament, seniors...

Illinois starting pitcher Breanna Wonderly (20) delivers a pitch against Ohio State at Eichelberger Field on Saturday, May 6.

Illinois softball wins on Evans’ walk-off

Senior Nicole Evans continued to show that all of the...

Illinois softball wins on Evans’ walk-off

Senior Nicole Evans continues to show that all of the...

Illinois Nicole Evans (40) hits her 52nd career home run, breaking the school record, against Ohio State at Eichelberger Field on Saturday, May 6.

Illinois softball seeded fourth in conference tournament

After finishing the regular season 14-8 in conference...

Illinois starting pitcher Breanna Wonderly (20) delivers a pitch against Ohio State at Eichelberger Field on Saturday, May 6.

Illinois softball looks toward postseason

In her second year as head coach, Tyra Perry has led...

Illinois’ Petra Holešínská goes up for a layup during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center Feb. 25.

Illinois women’s basketball moves on with new coach

Matt Bollant coached the Illinois women’s basketball...

Illinois starting pitcher Breanna Wonderly delivers a pitch against Minnesota on April 1.

Illinois softball’s Evans ties record in loss

Senior Nicole Evans just etched her name in the Illinois...

Illinois’ Naya Crittenden recorded 235 kills in the 2016 regular season. Crittenden spent her first two collegiate two seasons at Oregon, where misconduct forced her to transfer.

Former Illinois volleyball transfer writes open letter to Oregon

Naya Crittenden spent two years at the University of...

Illinois right fielder Maddi Doane catches a fly ball against Minnesota at Eichelberger Field on April 1.

Illinois softball loses last nonconference game

Tuesday marked the start of the Illinois softball team’s...

Undocumented, but not unworthy

Undocumented, but not unworthy

It takes about three hours to drive from Fox Lake,...

Head coach Tyra Perry talks to her team during a doubleheader March 26. Illinois’ coaches are changing the program and their methods to fit team members’ personalities, goals and skillsets.

Illinois softball dominates Oskees, prepares for Wisconsin

In its last outing, the Illinois softball team left...

Illinois starting pitcher Breanna Wonderly delivers a pitch against Minnesota on April 1.

Illinois softball wins two of three at Nebraska

Making history was on the horizon for the Illinois...

Illinois’ Leigh Farina sprints to first after putting down a bunt against Butler at Eichelberger Field on Wednesday. Farina earned Illini of the Week honors after her performance against Michigan State last weekend.

Illinois softball’s Farina has always been a playmaker

Before she thought about playing in college, being...

Illinois relief pitcher Taylor Edwards delivers the pitch during game two of the series against Nebraska at Eichelberger Field on Saturday, April 2. At last weekends LSU Invitational, the Illini won against ISU, Florida Atlantic and Troy. They lost one game to LSU.

Illinois softball wins seventh-straight game

Junior Leigh Farina had a big weekend for the Illinois...

Portrait of Nicole Evans.

Evans’ impact felt on and off field for Illinois softball

It is the end of practice, and Eichelberger Field is...

Fahey hopes to accomplish even more with Illinois womens basketball

Fahey hopes to accomplish even more with Illinois women’s basketball

Over the course of its 43-year history, Illinois women’s...

Nancy Fahey is the new head coach for Illini womens basketball after coaching for 31 years at Washington University in St. Louis.

Nancy Fahey hired as head coach of Illinois women’s basketball

Nancy Fahey has been hired as the Illinois women’s...

Matt Bollant addresses the press after being fired as head coach of Illinois Womens Basketball team on Tuesday.

Bollant leaves underwhelming legacy on Illinois women’s basketball

A day after his birthday, Matt Bollant was relieved...

Illinois head coach Matt Bollant watches his team from the sideline during the game against Maryland at State Farm Center on Thursday, January 26.

Bollant fired as Illinois women’s basketball head coach

Matt Bollant has been fired as the head coach of the...

Illinois Kennedy Cattenhead shoots a three during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on February 10. The Illini lost 70-68.

Illinois women’s basketball season comes to an end

The record-setting afternoon the Illinois women’s...

Illinois’ Brandi Beasley shoots a three during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center
on Saturday. The Illini advanced in the tournament on Wednesday to play the Boilermakers.

Illinois women’s basketball moves on in Big Ten Tournament

Alex Wittinger did not suit up when the Illinois women’s...

Guard Ashley McConnell takes a shot during the game against Tennessee State at Parkland College on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Illinois won 98-43.

Illinois women’s basketball prepares for Senior Night

Ashley McConnell is the only senior on the Illinois...

Illinois Brandi Beasley (1) takes a pull up jumper during the game against Maryland at State Farm Center on Thursday, January 26.

Illinois’ women’s basketball takes advantage of free throws

Scoring has been an issue for the Illinois women’s...

Illinois Alex Wittinger shoots a jumper over Indianas Amanda Cahill during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on Feb. 10. The Illini lost 70-68.

Illinois women’s basketball looks for first road victory

It has been over a month since the Illinois women’s...

A portrait of Petra Holesinska.

Illinois women’s basketball’s Holesinska is no stranger to distance

Shorts tucked and with her hair braided back into two...

Illinois Alex Wittinger goes up for a layup during a game against Maryland at State Farm Center on Thursday, January 26. Illinois lost

Illinois women’s basketball looks for fourth conference victory

It has been nearly three years since the Illinois women's...

Illinois Courtney Joens (30) drives to the basket during the game against Wake Forest at State Farm Center on Wednesday, November 30. The Illini lost 79-70.

Illinois women’s basketball loses eighth straight

During the first timeout of the game, the Illinois...

Illinois new volleyball head coach Chris Tamas speaks during the press conference at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics on Friday, February 10.

Tamas hopes to bring winning ways to Illinois volleyball

Illinois volleyball’s new head coach Chris Tamas...

Illinois Brandi Beasley (1) drives to the basket during the game against Wake Forest at State Farm Center on Wednesday, November 30. The Illini lost 79-70.

Illinois women’s basketball’s Beasley receives high praise from head coach

In Brandi Beasley's first three games of the season,...

Illinois Brandi Beasley (1) goes up for a layup during the game against Maryland at State Farm Center on Thursday, January 26.

Illinois women’s basketball tries to end six-game losing streak

Brandi Beasley found success recently for the Illinois...

Illinois Brandi Beasley (1) dribbles the ball at the top of the key during the game against Maryland at State Farm Center on Thursday, January 26.

Beasley shows promise, lively personality on, off the court

Before practice, Brandi Beasley takes a seat on the...

Illinois’ Alex Wittinger shoots a jumper during the game against Wake Forest at State Farm Center. Wittinger has been solid for the Illini, recording her seventh double-double.

Illinois women’s basketball fights hard, loses to Purdue

With 5:23 left in the game, Illinois’ Petra Holesinska...

Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly talks with his team during the Illinois vs. Kentucky volleyball game at Kenney Gym on Saturday, April 19, 2014.  The Illini won 3-1.

Illinois volleyball looks for new leadership

Kevin Hambly will no longer be the head coach of the...

Illinois Brandi Beasley (1) dribbles the ball at the top of the key during the game against Maryland at State Farm Center on Thursday, January 26.

Illinois women’s basketball looks to snap four-game losing streak

Over the past two games, freshman Brandi Beasley and...

Illinois Kennedy Cattenhead shoots a three during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on February 10. The Illini lost 70-68.

Illinois women’s basketball looks to upset No. 3 Maryland

In the time since Maryland joined the Big Ten in 2014,...

Illinois’ Alex Wittinger shoots a jumper during the game against Wake Forest at State Farm Center. Wittinger has been solid for the Illini, recording her seventh double-double.

Illini remain winless on the road

At the end of the third quarter of Illinois' women's...

Illinois Alex Wittinger (35) shoots a jumper during the game against Wake Forest at State Farm Center on Wednesday, November 30. The Illini lost 79-70.

Illinois women’s basketball seeks first road win

In seven attempts this season, the Illinois women’s...

Illinois Alex Wittinger (35) shoots a jumper during the game against Wake Forest at State Farm Center on Wednesday, November 30. The Illini lost 79-70.

Bollant leads team through struggling start to season

Editor’s note: At the time of publication, Women’s...

Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly talks to his team between sets during the match against Arkansas on August 26. The Ilini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball falls short of NCAA tournament

For three consecutive seasons, the Illinois volleyball...

Illinois Kennedy Cattenhead shoots a three during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on February 10. The Illini lost 70-68.

Illinois women’s basketball wins big over Fort Wayne

Sophomore Cierra Rice is out with a foot injury but...

Illinois Alex Wittinger shoots a jumper over Indianas Lyndsay Leikem during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on February 10. The Illini lost 70-68.

Illinois women’s basketball prepares to face Wake Forest

Thanksgiving break began with a 20-point victory...

Illinois Katie Stadick hits the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, October 15. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball snaps seven-game losing streak

  This is the last weekend in which the Illinois...

Guard Cierra Rice sprints up the court during the game against Tennessee State at Parkland College on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Illinois won 98-43.

Rice injured in Illinois women’s basketball’s home loss

  There wasn’t a sell-out crowd at the State...

Illinois Alex Wittinger shoots a jumper over Indianas Lyndsay Leikem during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on February 10. The Illini lost 70-68.

Illinois women’s basketball set to face Memphis on Thursday

The last time the Illinois women’s basketball team...

Jordyn Poulter (1) jumps up setting the ball for her teammate to spike against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Oct. 15, 2016. Illini beat Northwestern 3-0.

Illinois volleyball loses sixth-straight match

Kevin Hambly has won 175 games through eight seasons...

Illinois head coach Matt Bollant applauds his teams performance during the FIghting Illinis 89 to 37 win against Mariam at Assembly Hall, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

Illinois women’s basketball signs three recruits

Six freshmen joined the Illinois women’s basketball...

Jacqueline Quade (7) and Ali Bastianelli (5) jump up together to block the spike from Northwestern at Huff Hall on Oct. 15, 2016. Illini beat Northwestern 3-0.

Quade continues to struggle for Illinois volleyball

Freshman Jacqueline Quade began her Illinois volleyball...

Illinois Alex Wittinger shoots a jumper over Indianas Amanda Cahill during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on February 10. The Illini lost 70-68.

Illinois women’s basketball drops home exhibition

A lot has changed since the Illinois women’s...

Illinois Cierra Rice goes up for a layup during the game against Southern Illinois at the State Farm Center on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. The Illini won 78-64.

Rice returns for Illinois women’s basketball

It was Illinois basketball media day in early October. Many...

Illinois Michelle Strizak serves the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, October 15. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball loses fifth straight match

  On Oct. 21st the Illinois volleyball team...

Illinois McKenna Kelsay leads the bench in celebration by taking a selfie during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, October 15. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball senior McKenna Kelsay just loves life

Before every game, the Illinois volleyball team gathers...

Illinois volleyball drops out of AVCA Top 25

Entering last weekend, the Illinois volleyball team...

Illinois Naya Crittenden gets ready to hit the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, October 15. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball loses in straight sets to No. 1 Nebraska

Before the Illinois volleyball team took on No. 1 Nebraska,...

Illinois Danielle Davis passes the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, October 15. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball on the road to face Nebraska, Iowa

Bob Devaney Sports Center is home to the Nebraska volleyball...

Michelle Strizak (4) jumps up to serve the ball to Northwesterns territory at Huff Hall on Oct. 15, 2016. Illini beat Northwestern 3-0.

Illinois volleyball splits weekend against Indiana, Purdue

The last time Illinois and Purdue competed against...

Illinois Brandi Donnelly passes the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, October 15. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois ousts Indiana, looks ahead to Purdue

Before every home match, as the Illinois Volleyball...

Illinois Jacqueline Quade gets ready to hit the ball during the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, October 15. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball’s Quade is competitive and care-free

On Tuesdays, the Illinois volleyball team begins practice...

Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly talks to his team during a timeout in the match against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday, October 15. The Illini won 3-0.

Schedule allows Illinois volleyball more practice time

When the Illinois volleyball team began conference...

Illinois Brandi Donnelly serves the ball during the game against Nebraska on Sept. 16.  The Illini lost 0-3.

Illinois volleyball beats Northwestern for second time this year

Whenever the Illinois volleyball reaches match point...

Illinois Naya Crittenden celebrates a point during the game against Nebraska on 9-28-16.  The Illini lost 0-3.

Illinois volleyball looks to rebound against Michigan State

Wisconsin put an end to the Illinois volleyball team’s...

Illinois Naya Crittenden attempts to spike the ball during the match against Rutgers at Huff Hall on September 24. The Illini won 3-0.

Crittenden comes alive for Illinois volleyball

The Illinois volleyball team lost to its second top-five...

Players (Michelle Strizak (4)) on the Womens Volleyball team cheer and congratulate each other after scoring a point.

Illinois looks to keep Northwestern winless in the Big Ten

Following a Big Ten win over Maryland, the Illinois...

Poulter continues stellar play for Illinois volleyball

Poulter continues stellar play for Illinois volleyball

Sophomore Jordyn Poulter has been the centerpiece of...

Ali Bastianelli (5) spikes the ball down during the game. Illini won 3-0 against Rutgers.

Strizak, Quade help win five set thriller, break Maryland streak

The Maryland volleyball team had not lost a game at...

Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly talks to his team between sets during the match against Arkansas on August 26. The Ilini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball set to face No 1. Nebraska

Nebraska is the No. 1 volleyball team in the country,...

Illinois setter Jordyn Poulter (1) sets the ball to Ali Bastianelli (5) during the match against Arkansas at Huff Hall on August 26. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball wins without Stadick

The Illinois volleyball team moved to 9-4 on the season...

Illinois opposite hitter Naya Crittenden gets ready to spike the ball during the match against Arkansas at Huff Hall on August 26. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball sweeps Rutgers in Big Ten home opener

The Illinois volleyball team returned home after nine...

Illinois’ Brandi Donnelly digs the ball during the game against Purdue at George Huff Hall on Oct. 25.

Illini of the Week Sept. 21: Brandi Donnelly

Junior Brandi Donnelly stands at 5-foot-8. She doesn't...

Illinois Ali Bastianelli and Jocelynn Birks attempt to block a Wisconsin hit during the match against Wisconsin at Huff Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Illinois lost 3-2.

Illinois volleyball’s Bastianelli big part of team defense

Sophomore Ali Bastianelli played in every match as...

Illinois’ Brandi Donnelly digs the ball during the game against Purdue at George Huff Hall on Oct. 25.

Illinois volleyball wins Billiken Invitational, Donnelly named MVP

Entering the Billiken Invitational on Saturday, the...

Illinois opposite hitter Naya Crittenden gets ready to spike the ball during the match against Arkansas at Huff Hall on Friday, August 26. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball loses fourth straight match

  Illinois senior Naya Crittenden played at...

Illinois Michelle Strizak spikes the ball past Northwesterns block during the volleyball game against Northwestern at Huff Hall on Saturday. Strizak finished with six kills. 

Poulter goes home, but Illinois loses to Stanford

The Illinois volleyball team hit the road for the first...

Illinois opposite hitter Naya Crittenden gets ready to spike the ball during the match against Arkansas at Huff Hall on Friday, August 26. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball wins third-straight Illini Classic

Senior Katie Stadick sat in the press conference...

Illinois Katie Stadick gets ready to hit the ball over the net during the match against Arkansas at Huff Hall on Friday, August 26. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois volleyball wins third-straight Illini Classic

Senior Katie Stadick sat in the press conference room...

Illinois Jordan Poulter celebrates after a kill during the match against Wisconsin at Huff Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Illinois lost 3-2.

Illinois volleyball begins season with Illini Classic

This weekend, all of the Illinois volleyball team's...

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Illinois head coach Justin Spring, right, watches floor routine during the Gym Jam at the Huff Hall on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Illinois Alum Spring’s journey from athlete to coach

With four NCAA event titles, three Big Ten titles...

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Illinois head coach Justin Spring, right, watches floor routine during the Gym Jam at the Huff Hall on Friday, March 2, 2012.

Men's gymnastics finishes 2nd at Big Ten Championships

Men's gym beat reporters Orri Benatar and James Boyd...

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