EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State and Illinois apparently are heading in opposite directions in volleyball.
The Spartans, who climbed six spots to No. 9 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, defeated the Illini 25-15, 25-18, 25-17 on Friday night.
CHAMPAIGN — Led by one of the youngest players on the court, the Illinois volleyball team kicked off its season — albeit unofficially — with a victory.
Freshman Michelle Strizak had 10 kills in 14 swings as the Illini beat a team of alumni 25-22, 25-15, 25-13 on Saturday night at Huff Hall.
CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois men’s gymnastics standout Chad Wiest is back with the Illini.
Wiest, who was the 2011 Big Ten floor champion and a two-time All-American, was named the Illinois women’s gymnastics assistant coach Thursday.
Comment: NCAA tournament team won 35 games, most since 2000
Comment: Task one: End that 14-game Big Ten losing streak
Men’s basketball: B
Comment: Inconsistent bunch proved they belonged in NCAAs
Men’s cross-country: B
Comment: Big Ten finish of fourth was program’s best in 16 years
High point: Receiving Big Ten’s only at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Low point: Losing NCAA elimination game after entering ninth inning with 3-2 lead.
Big Ten finish: T-5th
What’s next: Plenty of holes to fill in field, but starting rotation returns intact.
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TOP MALE ATHLETES
1. Justin Parr, baseball. Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-American taking sweet swing to pros.
2. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Sophomore Big Ten champion became first Illini to win an NCAA title at 125 pounds.
3. Fred Hartville, gymnastics. Proving Big Ten vault title was no fluke, freshman repeated feat at NCAA Championships.
For graduation weekend, we reached out to one athlete from every University of Illinois sport for their take on the college scene. Here's what they had to say.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois women’s tennis team rolled past Michigan State 4-1 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.
Next up for the fifth-seeded Illini on Friday: a fourth-seeded Purdue team that handed Michelle Dasso’s squad a 5-2 defeat last Sunday in their regular season finale.