Gymnastics, volleyball to host regionals

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s gymnastics and volleyball programs were named as host sites for upcoming NCAA tournament regionals.
The gymnastics team will host a regional for the first time in 2012. Illinois will be one of six host sites, and for the first time the Assembly Hall will be the site of a women’s gymnastics competition. The date is April 7, 2012.

Year in Review: Team report cards

Softball A T-Second — 45-win team set program mark for winning percentage

Year in Review: Best and worst


Assembly Hall naming rights to BP

Czerwinski, Nevolo take doubles opener

ATHENS, Ga. — Senior Marek Czerwinski and sophomore Dennis Nevolo, ranked 11th nationally in doubles, won their opening-round match Thursday, defeating brothers Chris and Marcel Thiemann of Mississippi 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
In singles action, Nevolo lost 6-3, 6-2 to 12th-ranked Eric Quigley of Kentucky.

Illini recruits in the news

Libero Jennifer Bonilla of Reseda, Calif., and middle blocker/right side hitter Liz McMahon of Liberty Township, Ohio, were among 21 players chosen through tryouts held between February and April.

Jeff Huth's Illini Insider

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth's review and preview of all things Illinois:

Riley, Evans spring ahead

1. Andrew Riley, track & field. Sophomore added Drake Relays 100-meter hurdles title to remarkable resume.

1. Aja Evans, track & field. Reigning Drake Relays champ undefeated in shot put in four outdoor meets.

Riley delivers title

DES MOINES, Iowa – Unlike last year, Andrew Riley didn't set a school record Saturday at the Drake Relays. Unlike 2009, however, the Illinois sophomore did come away with a victory.

Riley captured first place in the 110-meter hurdles in 13.72 seconds, edging runner-up Jeffrey Julmis of Kansas State by 0.04 second. A year ago, Riley placed second at Drake in a then-UI record 13.61.

Men's gymnasts finish strong

WEST POINT, N.Y. – His team didn't win the national championship he had hoped for the night before, but Justin Spring's Illinois men's gymnastics team managed to come away with four All-Americans after Saturday's individual championships at the U.S. Military Academy.

"I'm really proud of this team. It was a good growing year," Spring said.

Top-ranked men's gymnasts tumble

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The quest to end a lengthy NCAA title drought will have to wait another year for the top-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team.

Seeking their first national team crown since 1989 and 10th overall, the Illini fell far short in the NCAA Championships team finals Friday night at Christl Arena on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy.