First, my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. Some good ones to choose from tonight. Just comment at the bottom with your favorite:
Chat with Illinois volleyball beat writer Jeff Huth at 11 a.m. ahead of Friday's Sweet 16 match against Purdue at State Farm Center.
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Team of the Week
AVCA Ranking: No. 18
NCAA RPI: No. 20
Coach: Kevin Hambly (fifth year, 114-50)
Top players: Jennifer Beltran (Sr. L); Jocelynn Birks (So. OH); Liz McMahon (Jr. RS)
1. When Illinois wades into the Champaign Regional starting Friday, Kevin Hambly’s team shouldn’t have any doubt about whether it’s capable of beating any of the three visitors to State Farm Center. It already has.
Volleyball at Illinois is fun.
That’s the bottom line. There is something intrinsically uplifting and attractive about the sport. You attend with a spouse or a friend, and it’s a pleasurable time well spent.
Why he’s Coach of the Year: Third-year head coach directed the Sabers to the area’s best finish at state, seventh in the Class 1A meet. The team had a top-10 placer, his son Christopher, who tied for sixth after opening the meet with the fourth-best 18-hole score ever recorded at state (68).
BISMARCK — It’s not often that a golfer enters the clubhouse, after putting out on No. 18, and announces, “I had one bad shot today.”
Such an occurrence is about as common as a baseball pitcher throwing a perfect game. In the World Series. In Game 7. At home.
Urbana, Senior, Basketball
Recently: Started out last week strong with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 60-48 home win against Normal West and has averaged 27.3 points in three games since. He then added a game-high 31 points during a 73-66 loss at Danville on Tuesday night.