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

Meghan Rest

Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

My name is Meghan Rest and I’m pursuing a degree in journalism. I’m also on the pre-law track and minoring in public relations with a certificate in sports media. I’ve worked at The Daily Illini since my freshman year. I started out as a beat reporter covering tennis and track, then spent most of my sophomore year writing about the women’s basketball and volleyball teams. My junior year I was lucky enough to work as one of our assistant sports editor. When I’m not at the DI, I'm either working out or binge-watching "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia". Even though I'm from central Illinois, I'm a die hard Indiana Pacers fan and love the Chicago Cubs. I’m super excited to take on the role sports editor! I look forward to aiding the production of some pretty amazing content.

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Mike Lemcke, from Richmond, Va., sits in an empty Greensboro Coliseum after the NCAA college basketball games were cancelled at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 12, 2020.

This reminds me of “The Year Without a Santa Claus”

For readers who don’t celebrate Christmas and/or...

With empty stands all around, a Big Ten Network camera operator waits to cover the first game on day 2 of the mens Big 10 basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 12.

Big Ten cancels men’s conference basketball tournament

The Big Ten will be canceling the remainder of the...

How I bit into sports journalism

How I bit into sports journalism

I bit someone while playing basketball in eighth grade. As...

The NCAA released a statement on Twitter regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 on March 11.

National basketball tournaments to be played without fans NCAA announces Wednesday

The men's and women's NCAA Tournaments will be played...

A concrete truck rolled over at the intersection of Fourth Street and Kirby Avenue just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. No injuries were reported, according to communications director for UIPD.

[Photo] Concrete truck rolled over at Fourth Street, Kirby Avenue intersection

A concrete truck rolled over at the intersection of...

Illinois shortstop Branden Comia (20) snags a ground ball during the game against Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park on, May 22, 2019. The Illini lost 6-2.

Illini host Chicago State Courgars in earliest-ever home opener Tuesday

It's been 296 days since the Illini baseball team set...

Senior Chisom Nwoko runs at the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute during the weekend of Feb. 29.

Nwoko leads Illinois to 11th-place finish at Big Ten Indoor Championships

Senior sprinter Chisom Nwoko earned one of two Illinois...

Redshirt senior Jonathan Wells jumps during the first day of Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute on Saturday. Wells won the long jump title, jumping 7.65 meters.

Wishing Wells: senior long-jumper proves to be cornerstone of Illini squad

The men’s track and field team wrapped up the indoor...

Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu drives toward the basket with pressure from Terrapin sophomore guard Eric Ayala during Illinois’ game against No. 9 Maryland Friday. The Illini lost 75-66.

Illinois takes on Michigan State Tuesday

It’s been over a year since Illinois rattled the...

Illinois closing pitcher Garrett Acton throws out a pitch during Illinois’ game against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park on May 23. The Illini are set to start their 2020 season on Feb. 14.

Off-season changes propel team toward opening day

Illinois baseball is almost back.  It’s been nearly...

Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters rolls to the right and looks for an open receiver during Illinois game at Iowa Saturday. The Hawkeyes beat the Illini 19-10, snapping their four-game win streak. Captured at Kinnick Stadium on 23 Nov. 2019 by Jonathan Bonaguro.

Fall sports lose traction throughout season, some exceptions

This fall, Illinois experienced memorable victories...

Members of the Illinois football team celebrate after defeating Rutgers 38-10 at home. Captured at Memorial Stadium on 02 Nov. 2019 by Jonathan Bonaguro.

Illinois secures invite to face California in RedBox Bowl

The Illinois football team is headed to the RedBox...

Illinois forward Kelly Maday (15) dribbles the ball during the game against Indiana at the Illinois Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. The Illini won 1-0 in double overtime.

Maday earns United Soccer Coaches All-Region distinction

Illinois senior forward Kelly Maday was named to the...

The Illini celebrate after scoring during Illinois game against Penn State at Huff Hall on Nov. 16.

No. 24 Illinois earns at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

Head coach Chris Tamas and the No. 24-ranked Illinois...

Women’s cross country finishes 22nd at NCAA Championships as a team

The No. 21-ranked Illinois women's cross country team...

Illinois defensive specialist Morgan O’Brien gets ready to dig the ball during the match against Iowa at Huff Hall on Sept. 28. OBrien became the third player to receive Big Ten Player of the Week accolades this season.

O’Brien earns Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors

Junior libero Morgan O'Brien became the third Illini...

Lere Oladipo is a part of a tackle during the Illinis game versus Akron on Aug 31.

Hana Inman-Grabow announces plans to press charges against Oladipo, sue University

On Friday, University of Illinois student Hana Inman-Grabow...

Wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe celebrates with a teammate at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Captured at Memorial Stadium on 14 Sep, 2019 by Jonathan Bonaguro.

Imatorbhebhe, Brown named Big Ten Players of the Week

Junior wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and sophomore...

Freshman center Kofi Cockburn (21) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday following back-to-back double-doubles against Nicholls State and Grand Canyon. Captured at State Farm Center on 01 Nov, 2019 by Jonathan Bonaguro.

Cockburn earns Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors

Center Kofi Cockburn is the first Illini freshman to...

Mike Herbert, former Minnesota Volleyball coach, speaks about his battle with Parkinson during an interview with the Minnesota Medical Foundation in 2011.

Former Illinois coach Mike Hebert passes away at 75

Former Illinois volleyball coach Mike Hebert passed...

The Illini Student section cheering during the Illinis game vs Wisconsin on Saturday.

Homecoming football notebook

A sea of orange and blue flooded the field at Memorial...

Mark Allen, former San Francisco Giants pitching coordinator, joined the Illini baseball team on Tuesday. Allen hopes to apply his past experiences to coaching the Illini. Allen spent the last nine years working in professional baseball, including the San Francisco Giants and, Cleveland Indians, minor league teams.

Illinois adds former MLB pitching coordinator Mark Allen to coaching staff

Allen expresses optimism for Illinois’ future

The Illinois baseball team named former San Francisco...

Freshman Summer Garrison prepares for a pass to sophomore Amaya Ellis during Illinois’ game against Northwestern at home Friday. The win marked head coach Janet Rayfield’s 200th career victory.

Rayfield opens Big Ten season with win, earns 200th career victory

The Illinois soccer team defeated Northwestern 3-1...

The women’s cross country team kicks off its fall campaign on Friday. Both the women’s and men’s teams dominated the Illini Open.

Illinois adds depth, coins best regional ranking since 2012

After clawing back from the 24th-rank in the NCAA’s...

Illinois’ Aleks Kovacevic returns the ball during the match against Duke at Atkins Tennis Center on Feb. 1. The Illini won 6-1. The team has a busy schedule planned for the fall semester.

Illini to make most of fall semester

The men’s tennis team is no stranger to success....

Ubben renovation project receives $1 million gift

Ubben renovation project receives $1 million gift

The 20-year-old Ubben Basketball Practices facility...

Fourteen year-old Illinois Football prospect, Jaylon Mckenzie passed away Saturday due to complications from a gunshot wound.

Illinois prospect dies in deadly party shooting

Fourteen-year-old football standout Jaylon McKenzie...

Illinois sweeps series against Grand Canyon

Illinois swept its three-game series against Grand...

Kellen Sarver swings at a baseball in Illinois baseballs tournament in Conway, SC over the weekend.

Illini break winning streak in game against Chanticleers

The Illinois baseball team not only suffered its first...

Illinois freshman infielder Branden Comia throws a ground ball during the Illini’s series at Florida Atlantic University last weekend. Comia has been one of the strongest first-year players for the Illini this season.

Illini continue to climb in ranks

The No. 25 Illini are wrapping up their third road...

Freshman catcher Jacob Campbell walks back to the dugout during the Illini’s tournament in Boca Raton, Florida. Campbell decided to attend the University despite being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2018 MLB Draft.

2018 MLB draft picks discuss choosing college

Not everyone who plays baseball at the Division I level...

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

Women’s tennis breaks through to high rankings

The Illinois women’s tennis team lost three straight...

David Craan and teammates celebrate a victory against Florida Atlantic over the weekend. The
Illini took all three games of the series for a 6-0 start to the season.

Team off to best start since 2015

Senior catcher Jeff Korte kept the Illini’s undefeated...

Illini compete across coasts to start season

Illini compete across coasts to start season

The Illinois softball team finished its second road...

Michael Massey takes a swing against Wake Forest on Saturday. Illinois opened its season with a three-game victory in Cincinnati and hope to maintain momentum as the team takes on Florida Atlantic this weekend.

Illinois looks to stay undefeated in second series

Illinois will continue its road swing in Boca Raton,...

Zac Taylor walks in the dugout during the opening weekend series at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Saturday. The Illini went on to sweep the opening series behind a strong hitting performance by Taylor.

Baseball opening weekend notebook

The Illini swept their season-opening campaign in North...

Illinois senior outfielder Zac Taylor winds up to swing during Illinois’ weekend tournament at Wake Forest. This weekend opened the Illini’s spring campaign.

Illinois sweeps opening weekend in North Carolina

by Meghan Rest Assistant sports editor The Illinois...

Michael Massey throws the ball to first base during Illinois’ game against Milwaukee on March 14. Massey is heading into this season as the No. 2 Big Ten MLB draft prospect.

Baseball more than a game for Massey family

It’s well past normal practice hours on January 10,...

Illinois Aleks Kovacevic gets ready to return the ball during the match against Duke at Atkins Tennis Center on Feb. 1. The Illini won 6-1.

Illini fall to Wildcats, Tar Heels

The No. 14 Illinois men’s tennis team clinched its...

Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu rises up to dunk the ball during the game against Rutgers at the State Farm Center on Saturday. Dosunmu has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, alongside Giorgi Bezhanishvili, who was named Big Ten Player of the Week.

Freshmen receive Big Ten honors

Illinois swept the Big Ten accolades this week. Illinois...

Redbirds defeated, Big Ten play next

The Illinois men’s golf team is set to begin Big...

Junior Zeke Clark serves the ball during a match. The mens tennis team boasts several powerful duos in fast-paced doubles matches, leaving plenty to look out for this season.

Illini gain momentum before Wednesday match

The No. 15-ranked Illinois men’s tennis team toppled...

Illinois second baseman Michael Massey throws the ball to first for a double play during the exhibition game against Indiana State at Illinois Field on Sept. 22. The Illini tied 5-5. Massey was placed in the top-10 Big Ten Division I MLB Prospect list with several other Illini players.

Illinois players make list of top MLB prospects

Big Ten predictions, off-season rankings Illinois...

Illini football fans fill Grange Grove before the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 13. Thad Ward,  Illini running back coach, is saying farewell to Illinois to work at Temple University.

REPORT: Thad Ward to leave Illini football program

After two years with the Illini running back coach...

Jon Davis runs during a meet on Nov. 9, 2017. After suffering from a foot injury and illness during the 2018 indoor season, Davis bounced back to become the No. 1-ranking mile runner in the nation.

Jon Davis breaks four-minute mile after injury

Just over 500 Americans have broken four minutes in...

Dosunmu shines against Michigan as team focuses on growth

Dosunmu shines against Michigan as team focuses on growth

Illinois may have battled the best, but it couldn’t...

Illinois head coach, Lovie Smith, talks to his team during the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 3. The program announced Friday it had recruited University of Miami wide receiver, Jeff Thomas, for the 2019 season.

ICYMI: Illinois lands transfer wide receiver, Jeff Thomas

Illinois head football coach, Lovie Smith, added to...

Top 5 Illinois sports moments of the semester

The University of Illinois might not be home to the...

Volleyball stays on winning track

The 2018 season marks Illinois volleyball’s second-consecutive...

Senior Gabriele Seriunte rests during a meet against Indiana State on Oct. 3, 2017. Seriunte is in the midst of the team’s most successful start of the regular season during her four years in the program.

Swim and dive start regular season off strong

The Illinois swimming and diving team hasn’t had...

Aruba series ends with cup title

Aruba series ends with cup title

Illinois took its second international trip in school...

Atkins donation to fund baseball training center

Illinois’ baseball program is getting an $8 million...

Unexpected performance for cross country Big Ten championships

The Big Ten Championships didn’t go as planned for...

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith shakes hands with fans along Grange Grove before the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

A quick look at head coach Lovie Smith’s salary

The list of the top-10 college football’s highest-paid...

Illinois outfielder Zac Taylor gets ready to swing at the pitch during the exhibition game against Indiana State at Illinois Field on Saturday. The Illini tied 5-5.

Exhibitions mark fall training start

While the Illinois baseball season doesn’t officially...

Freshman runner finds his team

Logan Hall is on his first cross country team. This...

Illinois defensive specialist Morgan O’Brien celebrates during the match against Northern Iowa
at Huff Hall on Friday. The Illini won 3-0.

O’Brien comfortably settles into new team role as libero

The 2018 Illinois volleyball team looks almost identical...

Illinois midfielder Arianna Veland passes the ball during the game against Northern Illinois at
the Illinois Soccer Stadium on Aug. 26. The Illini won 8-0.

Soccer thrives, tennis and golf gear up

For the Illinois soccer, men’s golf and men’s tennis...

New head coach Sarah Havemen takes helm of both cross-country teams

New head coach Sarah Havemen takes helm of both cross-country teams

The men’s and women’s cross-country programs...

Senior Michael Feagles follows the ball after a drive. Feagles will look to build on his success from last season and continue the program’s success.

Men’s golf team stays strong after roster change

The Illinois men’s golf team will make its fall debut...

Illinois volleyball played against the University of North Carolina-Wilmington at the Colorado
State Torunament on Friday. The Illini won 3-0 and went on to sweep the tourney as the team
looks to expand on a 2017 season that took them to the Sweet 16.

Volleyball adds talents and refines skills heading into new season

Head coach Chris Tamas and the Illinois volleyball...

Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith addresses the crowd at Big Ten Media Day on July 24 in Chicago. Important talking points regarding Illini football included new coaching staff, facility updates and what to expect in the upcoming season. Credit: Alex Aguilera

Big Ten Media Day: A look at some of the Illini’s biggest talking points

The 47th Big Ten Media Day kicked off in Chicago this...

The Illini celebrate after scoring a point during the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2017. The Illini won 3-2.

Sporting events to go to before graduating

Being a student at the University is *pick a word*...

Nick Hardy setting the course

Nick Hardy setting the course

Senior Nick Hardy’s backdrop over the past 20 years...

Illinois starting pitcher Emily Oestreich (8) delivers the pitch during the game against Iowa at Eichelberger Field on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The Illini won 6-5.

Walkoff helps grab series win against Iowa

After easing its way to a 7-1 win Friday night against...

Illinois defensive specialist Morgan O’Brien passes the ball during the match against Stanford at Huff Hall on Sept. 8. The Illini lost 3-0.

Morgan O’Brien makes US national team

nIf you asked freshman Morgan O’Brien about her...

Illinois head coach Chris Tamas talks to his team during a timeout in the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on Nov. 5. The Illini won 3-2.

Spring volleyball update

Spring volleyball isn’t anything new for the Illini,...

Illinois’ Taylor Edwards delivers the pitch during the game against SIUE at Eichelberger Field on April 12, 2017. The Ilini lost to the Minnesota Gophers 6-0.

Minnesota quiets Illini bats in double-header sweep

Illinois softball had a tough start to its weekend...

Illini men’s golf win at BIGHORN Invitational

Illini men’s golf win at BIGHORN Invitational

Sophomore Bryan Baumgarten is the Big Ten Golfer...

Perry gets 500th career win in strong weekend for Illinois softball

Perry gets 500th career win in strong weekend for Illinois softball

Illinois softball will return home after going 3-1...

Illinois relief pitcher Taylor Edwards delivers the pitch during game two of the series against Nebraska at Eichelberger Field on April 2. The Illini lost 10-5.

Oestreich no-hitter highlights weekend for Illinois softball

Junior Emily Oestreich’s no-hitter helped Illinois...

Womens basketball seaches for first Big Ten win

Women’s basketball seaches for first Big Ten win

Silencing the thunder of Ohio State, senior guard Kelsey...

Brandi Beasley handles the ball for Illinois during their 73-54 loss to Purdue on Sunday, February 4. Illinois beat Valparaiso 73-54 on Wednesday.

Women’s basketball falls once again on the road

Illinois women’s basketball only has four regular...

Illinois forward Alex Wittinger puts up a hook shot during the season-opening game against Fort Wayne at the State Farm Center on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Illinois won 64-50.

Illinois aiming to get first Big Ten win at Nebraska

The last time Illinois saw Nebraska,  junior forward...

Illinois guard Petra Holešínská dribbles the ball down the floor during the game against Fort Wayne at the State Farm Center on Nov. 10, 2017. The Illini won 64-50.

Holešínská, Andritsopoulou find their ways amidst American culture

Basketball has exploded into a phenomenon reaching...

Alex Wittinger shoots a jump shot during Illinois 67-55 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday, January 16.

Women’s basketball continues losing streak

Illinois is still chasing a win in the Big Ten after...

Alex Wittinger takes a shot for Illinois in their 73-65 win over Detroit Mercy on Dec. 10, 2017. The season hasn’t gone as well as planned, with the team most recently sustaining a tough loss to Nebraska on Wednesday. Illinois’ record is now 9-10.

Nebraska fends off Illini late

The Illinois women’s basketball team is still looking...

Illinois outside hitter Jacqueline Quade hits the ball during a match against Purdue at Huff Hall on Oct. 6. The Illini played the Spartans in their last game this year.

End of the road for Illinois volleyball in NCAA Tournament third round

The Illinois volleyball team's season came to a close...

The Illini celebrate after scoring a point during the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2017. The Illini won 3-2.

Illinois Volleyball ready for Sweet 16 revenge against Spartans

The Illinois volleyball team isn’t just looking to...

The Illini celebrate after scoring a point during the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2017. The Illini won 3-2.

Illinois volleyball moves on to the Sweet 16

“Sweet” was the word of the weekend for the Illini. After...

Illinois forward Alli Ball (3) goes up for a layup during the game against Fort Wayne at State Farm Center on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The Illini won 64-50.

Ball is Ballin’

Not many basketball players have 96 collegiate games...

Brandi Beasley brings the ball up for Illinois in its win over Chicago State on Nov. 15. Beasley’s seven-consecutive points against UC-Irvine helped clinch a win for Illinois last Friday.

Illini thankful for perfect 2-0 record over fall break

While much of the country celebrated the Thanksgiving...

Sports editor Cole Henke says,
“Volleyball has been the most consistently fun sport at this University for more than four years.”

Donnelly’s final act with Illinois volleyball

For college athletes, nothing is scarier than a serious...

Illinois outside hitter Megan Cooney tips the ball over the net during the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on Nov. 5. The Illini won 3-2.

Strong finish earns Illini a tournament bid

With 21 wins under their belt, the Illini are ready...

Illinois outside hitter Jacqueline Quade splkes the ball during the game against Wisconsin at Huff Hall on Friday, November 17. The Illini lost 3-1.

Volleyball falls to No. 12 Wisconsin

Illinois got off to a fast start against No. 12 Wisconsin...

Illinois head coach Chris Tamas talks to his team during a timeout in the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2017. The Illini won 3-2.

Illinois volleyball set for last regular season homestand

Illinois volleyball will return to Huff Hall this Friday at...

Illinois outside hitter Beth Prince (8) and Illinois middle blocker Blayke Hranicka (17) rise up the block the ball during the match against Purdue at Huff Hall on Friday, October 6. The Illini lost 3-0.

Volleyball recap: Illinois’ rough weekend in Michigan

Despite a 0-2 weekend on the road, the Illini are learning...

Illinois’ Jaelyne Kirkpatrick dribbles the ball down the court against Wake Forest on Nov. 30. The team opens its regular season this Friday against Fort Wayne.

Fahey building a grittier team in preseason

At the dawn of new head coach Nancy Fahey’s tenure,...

Kyle Biedron, Junior, spikes the ball during an Illini mens club volleyball practice at the ARC on Thursday November 2, 2017.

Helping the Illini battle the best

Big Ten volleyball, like many Big Ten sports, is a...

Illinois defensive specialist Brandi Donnelly (3) passes the ball during the match against Purdue at Huff Hall on Oct. 6.

Illinois defeats Northwestern with the return of lone senior

Illinois welcomed back lone senior Brandi Donnelly...

Illinois outside hitter Beth Prince (8) hits the ball during the match against Purdue at Huff Hall on Friday, October 6. The Illini lost 3-0.

Illinois volleyball prepares for Northwestern, final stretch of regular season

The Illini volleyball team donned Halloween costumes...

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