Slow start for softball team

WACO, Texas – The Illinois softball team opened its season with an 11-10 loss to Texas-San Antonio on Friday in the Getterman Classic.

The Illini later dropped a 4-1 decision against Baylor.

Ribeiro honored; men's tennis wins

PARK RIDGE — Illinois senior Daniel Ribeiro, who successfully defended his U.S. title in pommel horse last weekend, was named Big Ten Men’s Gymnast of the Week on Monday.

In men's tennis, No. 16 Illinois handed No. 14 Duke its first loss of the season, 4-2, Monday at Atkins Tennis Center. Abe Souza (No. 3 singles), Roy Kalmanovich (No. 4), Stephen Hoh (No. 5) and Bruno Abdelnour (No. 6) won for Illinois. Duke took the doubles point.

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Roundup: No. 3 gymnasts roll; McHugh wins throw

CHAMPAIGN – The third-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team won all six events in rolling to a 354.900-339.400 victory against No. 9 Iowa on Saturday at Huff Hall.

Junior Tyler Mizoguchi and senior Paul Ruggeri each earned two titles in the Illini's home debut. Mizoguchi posted career highs in the all-around (89.300) and parallel bars (15.300), while Ruggeri placed first in floor exercise (15.600) and high bar (14.400).

Fraker remains perfect for track team

CHAMPAIGN – Davis Fraker continued his assault on the school record books.

The freshman broke his own record in the weight throw and improved to 6-0 in three meets this season as Illinois won nine event titles en route to a dominating victory Saturday at the Illini Classic.

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PARK RIDGE — Senior Paul Ruggeri was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week on Monday for leading No. 4 Illinois to the team title of the Windy City Invitational.

Gymnasts top No. 2 Michigan

CHICAGO – The No. 4 Illinois men's gymnastics team won five of six events to capture the season-opening Windy City Invitational for the second straight year.

The Illini scored 355.400 points to defeat defending national champion and No. 2 Michigan (346.100), which placed second in the six-team meet.

Freshman throws his weight around, sets record

CHAMPAIGN – Davis Fraker wasted no time making an impact at Illinois.

The freshman from Peachtree City, Ga., set a school record in the weight throw on his first college attempt. His throw of 66 feet, 10 3/4 inches was good for first place in Saturday's track and field indoor meet against Iowa at the UI Armory.

Recruit earns Iowa's top honor

CHICAGO — Illinois recruit Ali Stark was named Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year.
The senior outside hitter led Mount Vernon High School to a 41-0 record and the Class 3A state title this season. The 6-foot-1 Stark recorded 324 kills, 232 digs, 66 service aces and 62 blocks for the Mustangs.

Spring earns promotion

CHAMPAIGN — Justin Spring, who is entering his fifth season on the Illinois men’s gymnastics team’s coaching staff, was named the program’s head coach Wednesday.
Spring was the associate head coach in 2009-10 after three seasons as an assistant to former coach Yoshi Hayasaki. Last season, Spring guided the Illini to their second straight Big Ten title and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.