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

Wes Hollenberg

All content by Wes Hollenberg
Illinois wide receiver Isaiah Williams runs with the ball during the game against Northwestern at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Illini offense excelled in every sense, using a balanced aerial and ground game to dominate the Wildcats and secure a 33-point win.

Illini offense dominates in first half, uses strong game plan to tame Wildcats

Throughout the season, Bret Bielema has echoed the...

Isaiah Williams shakes off a tackle en route to a 52-yard touchdown in the first half against Rutgers on Saturday. The Illini fell to the Scarlet Knights, 20-14, after getting shut out in the second half.

Illinois football struggles in second half in 20-14 loss to Rutgers

Illinois football lost, 20-14, to Rutgers this Saturday...

Coach Bret Bielema looks out onto the football field as a play was being made on Oct 2 against Charlotte. The homecoming game on Saturday shall be interesting as Bielema has worked for Wisconsin before.

Illinois football welcomes Wisconsin for Homecoming game, seeks second straight win

Illinois football will host Wisconsin in its Homecoming...

Kicker Blake Hayes punts the ball during a game. The Daily Illini sports staff breaks down Illinois football’s fourth-down decisions.

Breaking down Illinois football’s fourth-down decisions

A week ago, the Illinois football team was in a rut....

Kicker James McCourt begins to punt a football during the game against UTSA Sept. 4. The Illini hope to end their losing streak this weekend as they are prepared to play Charlotte on Saturday.

Illinois football hosts Charlotte, looks to end losing skid

Illinois football will look to put an end to its...

Quarterback Brandon Peters warms up before the game against Maryland Sept. 17. Illinois football travels to Purdue in search of a first road win of season.

Illinois football travels to Purdue in search of first road win of season

After another tough loss last week, Illinois will...

Illinois players run out of the tunnel before the teams game against the University of Texas at San Antonio on Sept. 4. The Illini look to get back in the win column against the Maryland Terrapins on Friday night.

Illinois to host Maryland, looks to end losing skid

The Illini will look to turn around their two-game...

The Illinois defensive line prepares for a snap during the game against Nebraska on Aug. 28. Defensive consistency has been a major issue for the Illini, as they have allowed an average of over 33 points per game this season.

Defensive coaching staff looks for turnaround after early-season woes

The Bret Bielema era was ushered in with the hope of...

Deuce Spann makes a touchdown catch during the game against Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Dismal defense, offensive blunders cost Illinois in blowout loss to Virginia

The Illini lost their first road game of the season...

Freshman Keith Randolph  Jr. lines up head-to-head against UTSA on Sept. 4. The football team will be playing away against Virginia.

Illinois travels to Charlottesville to take on Virginia in first road matchup

Illinois will travel to Virginia for its first road...

Art Sitkowski (9) hands the ball off to Jakari Norwood (3) in the first half during the game against the University of Texas at San Antonio at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Illinois struggles to contain high-powered UTSA offense in disappointing home loss

Illinois fell to UTSA, 37-30, after struggling offensively...

Illinois gets set at the line of scrimmage before a play against Nebraska on Aug. 28. The Illini will welcome the UTSA Roadrunners on Saturday and look to improve to 2-0.

Illinois welcomes experienced UTSA squad, looks to improve to 2-0

After starting their season on a high note with a...

Senior defensive back Tony Adams holds back Nebraska wide receiver Samori Toure during the game at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Illini came out on top with a 30-22 win against Nebraska.

Illinois uses second-half momentum to take down Nebraska in season opener

The Bret Bielema era is off to a strong start. After...

Coach Bret Bielema talks to the Illini football team during Training Camp on Aug. 7. The team is set to start their season against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Illinois to open new season, era against Nebraska

After a long offseason ripe with change, the Illini...

Punter Blake Hayes goes to celebrate with his teammates during training camp Aug. 6. Coach Bielema inherits a strong veteran which will help in the upcoming season.

‘The Lads’ special teams preview: Bielema inherits strong, veteran unit

As Bret Bielema begins his first season with the Illini,...

Illinois linebacker Jake Hansen practices during day 2 of training camp Aug. 6. Coach Bret Bielema hopes to better the defensive unit before the start of the season.

Illinois defense overview: Bielema looks to turn around struggling unit

After previewing the Illini offense last week, it’s...

Quarterback Brandon Peters practices at training camp Aug. 6. Illinois football coach Bret Bielema keeps a retained roster for the upcoming season.

Illinois offense overview: Bielema opens season with mostly retained roster

As the Illini begin their transition into the Bret...

Vederian Lowe attends the NIL bill signing at State Farm Center on June 29. Lowe, along with all Illinois representatives at Big Ten Media Days, expressed their excitement for NIL legislation, which went into effect in Illinois on July 1.

Illinois reflects on name, image, likeness changes at Big Ten Media Days

On July 1, bills went into effect in many states...

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Senior Megan Cooney spikes the ball during competition. Cooney will return next year for a fifth season with Illinois volleyball.

Megan Cooney to return for fifth, final season

When Megan Cooney committed to Illinois as a bleary-eyed...

Junior Taylor Kuper serves at a game against Indiana on March 28 at Huff Hall. The Big Ten recently announced that Taylor Kuper and senior Megan Cooney will be apart of their All-Conference teams.

Taylor Kuper, Megan Cooney named to All-Big Ten teams

The Big Ten announced their All-Conference teams...

Sophomore Kennedy Collins jumps to spike a ball in the game against Indiana on March 27. The Illinois volleyball team lost to Purdue yesterday, but redeemed themselves with a 3-2 win today.

Illinois splits matches against No. 8 Purdue, ends season on high note

Ending a season unlike any other, all of the challenges...

The Illinois volleyball team huddles up for a talk with coach Chris Tamas in a game against Indiana on Saturday. The struggling team will face Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana on Friday and Saturday.

Illinois to close turbulent season at Purdue

As the final outings of the volleyball season approaches,...

The Illinois volleyball team cheers by their bench in a game against Indiana Saturday. The bench was full of energy this weekend with family members finally allowed in the stands at Huff Hall.

Illinois finds energy with its bench

Last Friday, Huff Hall was the loudest it had been...

Junior Taylor Kuper bumps a volleyball during a game against Indiana Saturday at Huff Hall. The Illinois women’s volleyball team ended one of their longest losing streaks with two wins against the Hoosiers this weekend.

Illinois prevails in pair of wins over Indiana

After enduring the longest losing streak in head coach...

Senior Kylie Bruder sets the ball for Rylee Hinton during a game against Ohio State on Feb. 19. The Fighting Illini women’s volleyball team will host their last home meet against Indiana while honoring their seniors this weekend.

Illinois to host Indiana for season’s final home matches

After breaking their arduous 10-match losing streak...

Raina Terry starts her serve during the game against Ohio State on Feb. 19. The Fighting Illini beat Maryland on Friday and Saturday ending their 10-match losing streak.

Illinois snaps losing streak with pair of wins over Maryland

For the first time since Jan. 23, the Illini won...

Diana Brown sets the volleyball for a teammate in the game against Nebraska on March 5. The Fighting Illini hope to break their losing streak this weekend as they are scheduled to play against 4-10 Maryland at Huff Hall.

Illinois returns to Huff Hall, faces Maryland on 10-match losing streak

A flustered Illini squad will look to end their losing...

The Illinois volleyball team huddles on the court during a match against Minnesota on March 13. The Illini lost to the Golden Gophers in both matches this weekend.

Illinois drops two matches to Minnesota

The struggling Illini came as close as they have in...

Illinois looks to end eight-match losing streak at Minnesota

Illinois looks to end eight-match losing streak at Minnesota

On an all-time cold streak, Illinois will continue...

Senior Megan Cooney spikes the ball during the game against Ohio State on Feb. 19. The womens volleyball team lost two matches to Nebraska this weekend.

Illinois continues losing streak, drops two matches to Nebraska

The losing streak continues. Although Illinois fought...

Junior Taylor Kuper bumps the ball during the game against Ohio State on Feb. 19. Illinois will face Nebraska twice this weekend.

Illinois to host Nebraska, looks to end six-match skid

Illinois will host No. 4 Nebraska at Huff Hall on...

Outside hitter Raina Terry hits the ball against Ohio State on Feb. 19, 2020 at Huff Hall. After overcoming mono in December, Terry has been a valuable player to the struggling Illini.

Freshman Raina Terry a bright spot for struggling Illini

The 2021 season may prove to be one of the most difficult...

Illinois head coach Chris Tamas speaks to his team during a time out at the match against Ohio State on Friday. The team now has a 2-6 record.

Illinois continues cold streak, drops matches to Ohio State

With Friday’s and Saturday’s losses to Ohio State,...

Sophomore Rylee Hinton jumps to spike the ball during the match against Penn State on Feb. 7. The Illinois volleyball team will face Ohio State this weekend.

Illinois to host undefeated Ohio State

Illinois will host Ohio State on Friday and Saturday...

Senior setter Kylie Bruder rises up to serve during a game against Wisconsin at Huff Hall on Jan. 29. Bruder has overcome many challenges to become one of the team’s star players this season.

Kylie Bruder steps into expanded role with new offense

For senior Kylie Bruder, her role has changed from...

Senior Megan Cooney celebrates with her teammates after scoring a point during the match against Penn State on Feb. 5. Cooney is this week’s Illini of the Week.

Illini of the Week: Cooney sets career high 20 kills, surpasses 1000 career kills

When asked to describe senior Megan Cooney, her teammates...

Freshman Raina Terry winds up to serve the ball during the match against Penn State on Saturday. The Illini fell to the Nittany Lions 3-1 and 3-2 in two matches.

Illinois drops two close matches to No. 9 Penn State

Illinois dropped a pair of close matches to Penn...

Redshirt Freshman Ellie Holzman serves during the match against Wisconsin on Sunday. The Illini will face off against Penn State tonight and tomorrow.

Illinois to face No. 9 Penn State for weekend matches

Illinois will travel to University Park, Pennsylvania,...

Redshirt freshman Ellie Holzman winds up to spike the ball during the game against Wisconsin on Friday. The Illini lost their two matches against the No.1 ranked Wisconsin 3-0 and 3-1 this weekend.

Illini lose first two home matches to No. 1 Wisconsin

Illinois lost its first two home matches of the season...

Illinois head coach Chris Tamas talks to his team during a timeout in the match against Nebraska in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament at the Target Center on  Dec. 13, 2018. Illinois will have its home opener today against Wisconsin at Huff Hall.

Illinois to host top-ranked Wisconsin in home opener

Illinois volleyball will have its 2021 home opener...

Redshirt freshman Ellie Holzman serves against Iowa on Friday in Iowa City, Iowa.

Ellie Holzman dominant in Illinois’ opening weekend, first collegiate match

For redshirt freshman Ellie Holzman, this past weekend’s...

Redshirt Freshman Ellie Holzman bumps the ball during the game against Iowa on Saturday.

Illinois continues strong start, completes sweep over Iowa

The Illini continued their strong start to the season,...

The Illinois volleyball team celebrates after scoring a point during the match against Iowa on Friday.

Illinois starts season strong with 3-1 win at Iowa

After over a year between matches, Illinois began...

The Illinois volleyball team places a game during the 2019-2020 season. The team will play its first match of this season today at Iowa.

Illinois kicks off 2021 season at Iowa for first time in over a year

The Illini will begin their volleyball season starting...

Junior Taylor Kuper bumps the ball during the game against Michigan on Nov. 1, 2019.

Illini defensive specialists prepare for expanded role

Over the past offseason for Illinois volleyball,...

A post from the official Illinois volleyball Instagram details the teams schedule for the 2020-2021 season.

Illinois releases volleyball schedule

After months of anticipation, the Illini finally have...

Sophomores Kyla Swanson and Kennedy Collins block a spike during the match against Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2019. Collins and two of her teammates stayed in touch last semester to workout over zoom.

Illinois middle blockers prepare for spotlight

In recent years, Illinois volleyball has developed...

Volleyball head coach Chris Tamas watches from the sidelines during the game against Penn State on Nov. 15. Tamas remains optimistic about the extended offseason and the opportunity for new player improvement.

Tamas prepares young team for spring season

On Sept. 21, the NCAA Division I Council approved pushing...

Head volleyball coach Chris Tamas speaks with current senior Megan Cooney during the game against Tennessee on Sept. 1, 2019.

Shorter practices may be Illini’s secret to success

A typical Illinois volleyball practice looks different...

Then junior Megan Cooney speaks to her team during the game against Marquette at Redbird Arena on Sept. 14, 2019 in Normal, IL.

Megan Cooney ready for final run with Illini

Illinois senior Megan Cooney is a true veteran. The...

Redshirt sophomore Diana Brown sets the ball during the Orange vs Blue Scrimmage on Aug. 24, 2019. Following her redshirt season, Brown has looked to establish leadership on the court.

Diana Brown looks to grow into leadership role

To some, redshirt sophomore Diana Brown might be labeled...

Redshirt freshman Ellie Holzman officially commits to the University of Illinois on Nov. 29, 2018. Holzman is expected to fill some of the gaps left by the prior seniors.

Newcomers bring new look to Illini volleyball

When Illinois volleyball returns, there will be some...

Former Illini Jordyn Poulter sets the ball during the Final Four match against Nebraska on Dec. 13, 2018. Although the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences were canceled this fall, the NCAA still plans on holding a tournament in the spring comprised of Power-5 conferences.

Volleyball goes on without Big Ten, Pac-12

Volleyball, along with all other fall sports, has come...

Joe Salisbury (left) and Rajeev Ram pose with their trophy after the pair won the Australian Open men’s doubles competition on Feb. 2. The NCAA looks to professionals such as the pair to make new rules for tennis.

NCAA may look to professionals for tennis rule changes

For most of the sports world, the global outbreak of...

The Illinois Womens Tennis team huddles before the match against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 26.

Tennis requires change to return after spring season cancellation

At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, the college...

Junior Jaclyn Switkes serves the ball during the match against Furman on Feb. 10, 2018.

Illini women’s tennis reflects on refreshing trips

As the 2017-2018 Illinois women’s tennis...

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

Kawai, Rabinowitz named to Big Ten All-Conference team

Juniors Asuka Kawai and Mia Rabinowitz were named to...

Illinois head coach Evan Clark talks to his team during the match against Rutgers at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, March 29, 2019. The Illini won 6-1.

Clark uses fitness challenge to raise money for community

As the world closed its doors, Illini women’s tennis...

The Fighting Illini Womens Tennis Team smiles for a photo at the Atkins Tennis Center.

Illinois find success at Atkins Tennis Center

Atkins Tennis Center is a 29-year-old tennis facility...

Illinois Womens Tennis Head Coach Evan Clark, wearing a white hat and sunglasses, huddles with his team before matches begin during a meet against Arizona State on May 4, 2019.

Clark rises to 100 wins following back-to-back victories

On Jan. 26, the Illinois women’s tennis team began...

Freshman Josie Frazier stands and laughs after a team huddle during the meet against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 26.

Illini of the season: Top players lead through up and down tennis season

Looking back at the short-lived Illinois women’s...

Freshman Josie Frazier prepares for a serve during the Illinois

Illini’s tough season ended by cancelations

The remainder of the Illinois women’s tennis season...

Illini travel to Texas to face Texas A&M, Baylor this weekend

Illini travel to Texas to face Texas A&M, Baylor this weekend

The Illinois women’s tennis team will travel to College...

Illinois head coach Evan Clark talks to his team during the match against Rutgers at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, March 29, 2019. The Illini won 6-1.

Illini drops three losses at ITA National Indoor Championships

The Illinois women’s tennis team competed in the...

Junior Asuka Kawai prepares for a serve at the Atkins Tennis Center against Eastern Michigan on Sunday.

Illini rack up two dual wins in spring season opener

The Illinois women’s tennis team defeated Eastern...

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