Women's gymnasts take title

NORMAL — Amber See won the vault Friday night with a perfect 10.000, helping the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to the State of Illinois Classic, held at Illinois State’s Horton Field House.

The Illini finished at 195.825 to beat Illinois-Chicago (194.300), Northern Illinois (193.625) and Illinois State (193.200).

Giana O’Connor won the all-around for the Illini, who won the event for the seventh year in a row.

Volleyball recruits among nation’s best. All three of the Illini volleyball program’s Class of 2015 commitments were selected to Volleyball Magazine’s 30 Underclassmen to Watch list.

The Braintree, Mass., publication announced its picks of the nation’s top high school non-seniors this week, including juniors Allison Bastianelli, Jordyn Poulter and Beth Prince.

Bastianelli is a 6-foot-2 middle blocker from Marysville, Mich. Poulter is a 6-1 setter who attends Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colo. Prince is a 6-3 outside hitter from Avon, Ind.

Illinois tied with Texas for the second-most commitments among the 30 underclassmen honored by Volleyball Magazine. NCAA tournament runner-up Wisconsin had the most with four.

Of the 28 underclassmen on the list who have announced college commitments, 13 are headed to seven Big Ten schools.

Women’s tennis blanked. Illinois’ Louise Kwong lost her first match of the season, and the Illini fell 4-0 to No. 14 Alabama at the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala.

Baseball team shut out. After scoring 29 runs in their first three games, the Illini were shut out 3-0 by George Mason in the opener of the Caravelle Resort’s Baseball at the Beach tournament at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Illinois (1-3) was limited to six hits while going 0 for 13 with runners on-base and 0 for 7 with two outs.

Illini starter Kevin Duchene (0-1) took a shutout into the fifth inning before allowing a three-run home run. The sophomore left-hander struck out seven and limited the Patriots (4-1) to five hits in seven innings.
 

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