Joe Vozzelli

Joe Vozzelli

Cobras are ready for the rematch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Parkland volleyball will have waited exactly 365 days for its chance to exact some revenge against Coffeyville.

The wait ends today.

Cobra's ready to take their best shot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Parkland volleyball was well aware of which two opponents would likely be awaiting the Cobras in the business end of this weekend's national tournament.

Johnson County and defending champion Coffeyville, both from Kansas. But, first the Cobras had to win two matches.

Mission accomplished.

Joe Vozzelli on Big Ten football: Nov. 16, 2018

EAST DIVISION

TEAM CONF. ALL

Michigan 7-0 9-1

Ohio State 6-1 9-1

Penn State 4-3 7-3

Michigan State 4-3 6-4

Maryland 3-4 5-5

Indiana 2-5 5-5

Rutgers 0-7 1-9

WEST DIVISION

TEAM CONF. ALL

Northwestern 6-1 6-4

Wisconsin 4-3 6-4

Purdue 4-3 5-5

Iowa 3-4 6-4

Illini notch home win

CHAMPAIGN — The third quarter has been good to the Illinois women's basketball team so far this season.

For the second time in as many games, the Illini used a third-quarter run to put away its opponent for good.

Leading by nine at the half, the Illini took control in the third period en route to a 73-54 victory over Valparaiso on Wednesday night at State Farm Center.

Injury forces Illini women's basketball to rely on by-committee approach

CHAMPAIGN — For Nancy Fahey, there were a few encouraging signs from a season-opening victory for the Illinois women's basketball team.

Specifically the Illini's "second-half punch."

Fahey brought it up a few times in the postgame press conference after Illinois snapped an 18-game losing streak in beating Alabama A&M 88-60.

Illini snap lengthy losing streak

CHAMPAIGN — Nancy Fahey no longer has to answer any more questions about her team's extended losing streak.

LIVE! Alabama A&M

FINAL: Illinois 88, Alabama A&M 60

The 18-game losing streak is over for the Illinois women's basketball program.

Illinois collects its first win since Dec. 12, 2017, and begins Nancy Fahey's second season at the helm of the program on a good note.

Kirkpatrick, Rice, Wittinger aim to lead Illini turnaround

CHAMPAIGN — The opening lyrics to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" interrupt the echo of players dribbling basketballs inside an otherwise empty State Farm Center.

Jordin Sparks' "No Air" follows as the next tune blaring through the speakers.

Joe on B1G Football: Week 8

Want to know what games are worthwhile? Here's the scoop from sports copy editor Joe Vozzelli, who was an Ohio State win away from going unbeaten last week.

Today's Game

Indiana at Minnesota,

7 p.m., Fox Sports 1

TV Talent: Aaron Goldsmith(play-by-play); Evan Moore (analyst)

Cobras strike first against Blue Storm, advance to semifinals

CHAMPAIGN — The sequel produced the same result as the original, and for the Parkland men's soccer team, that was just what the Cobras needed.

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