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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

Rachel Spencer

Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

My name is Rachel Spencer and I’m currently majoring in English. I started working at The Daily Illini second semester of my freshman year. During that time, I covered women’s golf and the following fall I was a beat reporter covering volleyball. I also briefly worked on softball before being hired as Assistant Sports Editor. When I’m not in the Illini Media office, you can spot me in the English Building doing English Major Things or singing at the Krannert Center with Women’s Glee Club. My favorite sport is golf and visiting Augusta National Golf Club is at the top of my“sports bucket list.” I’m extremely excited to see what this year will bring and can’t wait to see what lies in store for me and the entire sports staff.

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Illinois Luke Guthrie and other members of the Illinois team practice at the driving range at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Division of Intercollegiate Athletics in talks over Stone Creek Golf Club

The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate...

Senior outfielder Kiana Sherlund celebrates a double against Purdue on May 5. Illinois competes against Notre Dame and North Carolina next weekend in Raleigh, N.C.

$3 million donation kick-starts funding for new indoor softball facility

Illinois softball will enjoy new digs by December 2021,...

Sophomore pitcher Sydney Sickles pitches during Illinois game against Illinois State at Eichelberger Field on April 3, 2019.

Sickels named Big Ten Softball Pitcher of the Week

After a notable opening week back in the circle, Illinois...

Senior Carolyn Nye pole vaulting at the Armory.

Track and field kicks off 2020 season

Illinois men’s and women’s track and field competed...

Hartleb, Acton pick up preseason honors

Hartleb, Acton pick up preseason honors

Illinois baseball earned two more preseason accolades...

Josh Whitman, UI Director of Athletics, meeting with the press in the Hall of Fame Room at the Bielfeldt Athletics Administration Building on Mar. 8, 2018.

Change is coming: Paying college athletes

On Sept. 30, California governor Gavin Newsom approved...

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman (left), and head football coach Lovie Smith (right), walking inside Memorial Stadium.

Athletic Director Josh Whitman contract extended through 2024

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced...

Ashlyn Fleming spikes the ball during the Illini’s game versus the Wolverines at the Cliff Keen Arena on Saturday. The Illini lost 3-1.

Illinois falls to Michigan on the road

No. 21 Illinois volleyball dropped a road game at the...

The Illini celebrate after scoring a point vs Ohio State at Huff Hall on Saturday.

Huff Hall houses home-court advantage for Illini

Illinois volleyball continues the action at Huff Hall...

Illinois wide receiver Trevon Sidney runs for a season-opener touchdown against Akron on Aug. 31. Sidney sustained an injury on his left leg on Oct. 5, ending his 2019 season.

Sidney ends first Illini season early

Transfer wide receiver suffers severe leg injury in Minnesota matchup

Graduate transfer and wide receiver Trevon Sidney will...

Over the summer, the Illini tested their skills abroad, playing against teams in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. The Illini were able to learn about other cultures from players across the world.

Players come together for international exhibitions

Illinois softball was back in action at Eichelberger...

Baseball head coach Dan Hartleb (24) looks on to the field before the baseball game against Purdue at Illinois Field on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Illinois won 10-5.

Hartleb introduces Canadian club team to Illinois

Our friendly neighbors to the north are best known...

Junior Ali Morallos drives during the Illini’s practice at the Lauritsen/Wohlers Outdoor Golf Practice Facility. The women’s golf team finished fifth as a team at the Glass City Invitational on Tuesday.

Up to par: Illini place fifth in first tournament

The No. 16-ranked Illinois women’s golf wrapped up...

The Illinois Rugby team faces off against Michigan State on Saturday.

New coach, program conquer adversity

The Illinois men’s club rugby experienced a few setbacks...

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.

Loud, Craddock win Illini Open

Illinois men’s and women’s cross country started...

Illinois cross country teams prepare for a meet on Aug. 16. Both the men’s and women’s teams will begin their seasons at the Illini Open on Friday.

Illini start season on home course

Illinois men’s and women’s cross country are set...

Former Illini sprinter Jonathan Wells kneels in a starting position during practice. Wells and fellow graduate sprinter Devin Quinn concluded their spring seasons at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in July. Quinn graduated from Illinois in May while Wells has one year left of eligibility.

Quinn, Wells run at USATF Outdoor Championships

He’s one of the fastest Illini in the history of...

Students eat at Merry Ann’s Diner located at 701 S. Gregory St. on Sept. 30. Merry Ann’s is a popular late-night destination.

Experience CU in a meal with your parents

After move-in, it comes without question all the shuffling...

Pedestrians walk toward Memorial Stadium alongside the Marching Illini on Oct. 18. Synonymous with school spirit itself, the Marching Illini accompany many scenes of Illini pride like football games and Quad Day.

Get your spirit on as a new Illinois fan

During the fall semester, it can be a bit daunting...

Catcher Jacob Campbell (right) celebrates with third baseman Grant Van Scoy (left) after hitting a homerun during game one of the doubleheader against Maryland at Illinois Field on April 6. The Illini won 5-1.

Baseball drops two at NCAA regional

It wasn’t the ending Illinois baseball was looking...

Kouma commits to Illinis class of 2019

Kouma commits to Illini’s class of 2019

Illinois basketball picked up another commit Thursday,...

Pitcher Andy Fisher delivers the pitch during the game against Indiana State at Illinois Field on  September 24. Seven Illini, including Fisher, signed with professional teams following the MLB draft earlier in June.

Illinois earns NCAA regional spot

Illinois baseball earned a spot in the NCAA baseball...

Taylor Edwards speaks to one of the Softball coaches at Eichelberger Field on April 3. Illinois defeated Illinois State 2-1. This game marked the end of a seven-game losing streak for the Illini.

Illinois breaks seven-game losing streak

The Illinois softball team claimed a win on its home...

Freshman Adrien Dumont de Chassart puts at the Olympia Field Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields on Sept. 16, 2018. Dumont de Chassart tied for first as an individual at the Big Ten Championships Sunday. Photo courtesy of Illini Athletics.

Men’s golf captures 10th Big Ten Championship in 11 years

The No. 24 Illinois men’s golf team continued its...

Tristyn Nowlin golfs at the Women’s Invitational in Medina, Illinois, on Oct. 9, 2019.

Augusta National: The LPGA’s Final Frontier

Don’t ask Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley about...

Illionois head coach Chris Tamas talks to his team during the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The Illini won 3-2.

Illinois faces Purdue again in spring campaign

Illinois volleyball will return to Huff Hall on Wednesday...

Illinois outside hitter Jacqueline Quade (center) points to setter Jordyn Poulter (left) after scoring a kill during the match against Nebraska in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament at the Target Center on Dec. 13. Nebraska defeated Illinois 3-2.

Illinois volleyball set to play spring schedule

Illinois volleyball will be hitting the road this weekend...

Illinois head coach Chris Tamas smiles during a timeout in the match against Nebraska in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament at the Target Center on Dec. 13. Nebraska defeated Illinois 3-2. Several players on the team will be going abroad to join the U.S. national team.

Volleyball players earn spots abroad on national team

Back in the fall, all eyes were on Illinois volleyball...

Illinois outfielder Carly Thomas hits the ball during the game against Iowa at Eichelberger Field on April 21. The Illini won 6-5.

Thomas outhits doubles record

Nothing can mark the passage of time or a game’s...

Illinois’ Kiana Sherlund is introduced against Purdue on April 8, 2017. The team discusses the bond formed between the players as they travel on buses and on planes for games.

Board games bring players together before big games

Whenever a new season of Illinois softball begins,...

Friday games incite energy for Illini

In what was supposed to be a five-game tournament this...

Illinois pitcher Taylor Edwards (12) delivers the pitch during the game against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at Eichelberger Field on Sept. 29. The Illini won 8-0.

Illini come out of Mardi Gras Invitational 3-1

Illinois softball dealt with its fair share of trials...

Illinois outfielder Kiana Sherlund (6) throws the ball in from center field during the game against Northwestern at Eichelberger Field on Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018.

Illini softball look to succeed at another weekend tournament

As temperatures are expected to climb into the low...

Illinois infielder Annie Fleming (99) swings at the pitch during the game against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at Eichelberger Field on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. The Illini won 8-0.

Illini cruise in early season action

It was a “peachy keen” weekend in Georgia...

Illinois pitcher Taylor Edwards throws a pitch during Illinois’ home game against Maryland on April 7. The Illini are preparing to play in their second tournament of the 2019 season.

Softball gears up for second tournament of season

Illinois softball will be back on the road this weekend...

Illinois outfielder Kiana Sherlund (6) gets ready to run to third during the game against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at Eichelberger Field on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. The Illini won 8-0.

Softball beats Oklahoma State for first season win

The Illinois softball team started its spring season...

Illinois outside hitter Jacqueline Quade spikes the ball from the back row during the match against Louisville in the second round
of the NCAA tournament at Huff Hall on Saturday. The Illini won 3-1.

Illinois to play Friday in Sweet 16

NCAA tournament play will return to Huff...

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

Volleyball to take on Eastern Michigan in first round of NCAA Tournament

This year’s first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament...

No. 3 volleyball enters NCAA tournament

It’s been only 355 days since the Illini volleyball...

Illinois head coach Chris Tamas talks to his team during the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on Oct. 19. The Illini won 3-2. The team continues to pick up wins on the road and now heads home to compete as the No. 4-ranked team in the country.

Volleyball to face Rutgers, Penn State

It’s been almost two weeks since the Illini played...

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’s play aids in recent victory

After defeating reigning national champions Nebraska...

Illinois setter Jordyn Poulter (left) and middle blocker Ali Bastianelli (right) attempt to block the ball during the match against Northern Iowa at Huff Hall on Friday. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois sweeps Maryland before heading on road trip

The Illini picked up another conference win...

Volleyball wins in emotional weekend

Volleyball wins in emotional weekend

Crowds at Huff Hall couldn't have seen two more different...

Illinois outside hitter Jacqueline Quade hits the ball from the back row during the match against Nebraska at Huff Hall on Sept. 29. The Illini lost 3-1.

Quade continues to reach new heights

When a program is as prominent as No. 7 Illinois volleyball...

Illinois embraces road game challenges

Balancing a competitive schedule and an intense academic...

Illinois middle blocker Ali Bastianelli tips the ball during the match against Northern Iowa at Huff Hall on Sept. 14. The Illini take on No. 5 Wisconsin on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Volleyball falls to No. 5 Wisconsin

The Illini faced off against fellow top-10 ranked Wisconsin...

Illini fans fill Huff Hall during the match against Nebraska on Saturday. 3,569 fans attended this game.

Loss to Nebraska prepares Illinois for Big Ten

It was a weekend of highs and lows for the Illinois...

Illini welcome tough Big Ten slate to Huff Hall

Illini welcome tough Big Ten slate to Huff Hall

The weekend will prove to be a busy and exciting one...

Illinois outside hitter Jacqueline Quade (7) celebrates during the match against Northern Iowa at Huff Hall on Sept. 14, 2018. The Illini won 3-0.

Quade rules the court

Jacqueline Quade is no stranger to competition. As...

Volleyball shoots hoops in free time

Volleyball shoots hoops in free time

There’s a competition going on between the members...

Jordyn Poulter begins her serve during Illinois’ game against Wisconsin on Nov. 17.

Business as usual for Illini

It’s been over a week since the Illinois volleyball...

Womens golf headed to NCAA regionals in Madison

Women’s golf headed to NCAA regionals in Madison

On April 25, the NCAA announced this year’s sites...

The  Big 10 Womens golf championship, took place at Rivers Bend, in Mainville, Ohio, in April 2018.

Women’s golf takes second at Big Ten Championships

The last time the Illinois women’s golf team finished...

Senior Bing Singhsumalee hits a ball at the Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio in April 2018. Singhsumalee, the lone senior on the team, anticipates unpredictable conditions on the course this year despite having played on the same course in the past.

Women’s golf turns attention to Big Ten Championships

The Illini return to Ohio this weekend, this time to...

Senior Dana Gattone takes a swing of her Callaway club. The Illini golfers carry their clubs and so much more onto the course.

A look inside the Illini’s golf bag

According to the United States Golf Association, a...

Baumgarten having productive season for Illini men’s golf

Sophomore Bryan Baumgarten was named the Big Ten Golfer...

Illinois senior Grace Park takes a swing for the women’s golf team. Illinois participated in a tournament at Briar’s Creek where it placed ahead of Penn State. Park was a major factor in the team’s performance.

Women’s golf takes third at Briar’s Creek Invitational

The Illinois women’s golf team made a strong showing...

Morallos takes ‘Mamba Mentality’ off the court and onto the course

Morallos takes ‘Mamba Mentality’ off the court and onto the course

It all started with a TEDtalk. Ali Morallos is...

Women’s golf takes fifth at Meadow Club

Women’s golf takes fifth at Meadow Club

After a lukewarm start in Arizona, finishing ninth...

Womens golf heads back out west

Women’s golf heads back out west

After a middle-of-the-pack finish in Arizona last weekend,...

Spring season start shows potential

Spring season start shows potential

The Illini women’s golf team was back at it this...

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