MUNCIE, Ind. – Call it the Twin Towers recruiting class.
With 6-foot-5 Lisa Argabright of Louisville already in the fold, University of Illinois volleyball coach Don Hardin has added a second towering middle blocker to his group of 1999 newcomers.
MIRROR IMAGE? Using the option offense, Wisconsin quarterback Mike Samuel is third on the team in rushing yards and leads with seven touchdowns.
Illinois freshman Walter Young is trying to imitate Samuel during practice as the scout team quarterback.
During the week leading up to Northwestern's volleyball match against Illinois, Kate Hill suspected something was up.
Although Kevin Renshler never said anything to the freshman walk-on from White Heath about her role against the Illini, the Wildcats coach had Hill more heavily involved than ever in practice preparations.
Moving from corner seats to roughly the 35-yard line after halftime at Memorial Stadium Saturday, a group of fans with "Ohio State" flaming in crimson on their gray sweaters took advantage of an unexpected bonus.
"It's nice of Illinois fans to leave these great seats," one said. "We're not big contributors, and we can't get near this close at Ohio State."
Her father, a former basketball player at Eastern Kentucky, stands 6-foot-11. Her mother, at 5-10, is no slouch in the height department, either.
Coming from a gene pool like that, Lisa Argabright has stood head and shoulders above her peers for as long as she can remember.
CHAMPAIGN – The four Illini drop into their three-point stances, ready to sumo wrestle.
Maybe they'll take on a guard. Maybe a tight end. Whoever. They have to beat him.
CHAMPAIGN – Ron Turner liked the effort Saturday. He just wasn't thrilled with the execution.
To make sure the Illinois football players understood, Turner gave them a little extra work during Sunday's practice.
DANVILLE – Marcus Griffin hasn't seen much of high school buddies Sergio McClain and Frankie Williams this fall.
With both former Peoria Manual basketball stars attending Illinois and Griffin at Lincoln College, they haven't been around each other since the summer. Williams did come to Danville Sunday to watch Griffin play in the Danville Area Community College Juco Jamboree.
Competing in her first singles tournament, Carla Rosenberg's comeback victory over Kansas' Julia Sidorva 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 earned the sophomore the fifth-flight singles title Sunday at the Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.
CHAMPAIGN – When he was a true college freshman, Jack Trudeau wasn't ready to start at quarterback. That Kurt Kittner is surprises the former Illini.