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Charlie Danielson at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Photo courtesy of Fighting Illini Athletics.

Illini of the Week Feb. 25: Charlie Danielson

By Ryan Wilson February 24, 2016

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and...

Portrait of Aleks Vukic by Ryan Fang

Illini of the Week Feb. 10: Aleks Vukic

By Mike Gasick February 9, 2016

This weeks Illini of the Week is @IlliniMTennis Aleks Vukic #IlliniEditor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week....

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Illini of The Week Jan 27: James Mcging

By Ethan Swanson January 27, 2016

Tweet: This weeks IOTW is @IlliniHockey 's James Mcging #Illini Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week....

(left) Naya Crittenden and (right) Ali Bastianelli jump to block and attack during the game against Michigan State at Huff Hall on Friday, Oct. 30. Illinois won 3-1.

Illini volleyball freshman Ali Bastianelli used to fighting for what she wants

By Eli Schwadron November 5, 2015

Freshman Ali Bastianelli is a 6-foot-3, tough-as-nails middle blocker who leads the Illinois volleyball team with 98 blocks on the season.The source of Bastianelli’s toughness behind the net may come...

Portrait of Eric Cruickshank.

Illini of the Week Oct. 21: Eric Cruickshank

By Ethan Swanson October 20, 2015

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and...

Illini of the Week September 8: Wes Lunt

Illini of the Week September 8: Wes Lunt

By Charlotte Carroll September 9, 2015

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and...

Jannelle Flaws stands with 50 balls representing the record-setting 50 goals she has scored over her Illinois career.

Illini of the Week September 1: Jannelle Flaws

By Jon Joffe September 1, 2015

Editor’s Note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and...

Illini of the Week May 6: Illinois baseball team

Illini of the Week May 6: Illinois baseball team

By Joey Figueroa May 11, 2015

Editors Note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down on Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance...

Illini of the Week Nov. 12: Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon

Illini of the Week Nov. 12: Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon

November 12, 2014

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down on Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance...

Junior outside hitter dominates in both road victories over both Big Ten Michigan schools, first since 2003.

Illini of the Week Nov. 5: Jocelynn Birks

November 5, 2014

Jocelynn Birks is a terminator. At least that’s one of head coach Kevin Hambly’s nicknames for her. Hambly, who comes up with creative nicknames for the junior outside hitter, called Birks a “terminator”...

Illinois' Reilly O'Toole calls out a play during the homecoming game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The Illini won 28-24.

Illini of the Week Oct. 29: Reilly O’Toole

By Charlotte Carroll October 29, 2014

The first time Reilly O'Toole celebrated Saturday's win over Minnesota, he was goofing around with running back Donovonn Young.  But a penalty quieted Illinois' rowdy sideline. After the Gophers unsuccessfully...

Illini goalie enables a win for the team, preventing 26 attempted goals by Michigan-Dearborn.

Illini of the Week Oct. 22: Joe Olen

By Daniel Dexter October 22, 2014

Goalie Joe Olen needed his teammates to bail him out. Midway through the third period, the Illinois hockey team found itself down by two goals against Michigan-Dearborn at the Illinois Ice Arena. Then...

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