UI roundup: Ngai, Jacobson lead gymnasts

LAS VEGAS — Brandon Ngai and Johnny Jacobson placed first in their respective preliminaries Thursday for Illinois men’s gymnastics at the Winter Cup Challenge.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Michelle Bartsch-Hackley

Happy birthday today to one of Illinois volleyball’s premier all-time players, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.

UI roundup: Softball moves to 4-0 to begin season

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — For the fifth time in program history, the Illinois softball team started a season with four consecutive victories.

The Illini, who defeated North Carolina 13-0 in five innings and Georgia Tech 4-2 on Saturday at the Puerto Rico D1 Tournament, last accomplished the feat in 2014.

Thomas hired at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.

UI roundup: Women's gymnasts set mark

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s gymnastics team set a high-water mark for the season in its victory against Minnesota on Saturday, 196.025-193.375.

Lizzy LeDuc tied a program record with a 9.95 on beam. The Illini’s team score of 49.275 on beam was the seventh-best mark in school history.

UI roundup: Tennis team wins thriller

URBANA — Trailing 3-1 to Duke, the 17th-ranked Illini men’s tennis team won the final three singles matches to pull out a 4-3 win over the Blue Devils at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday.

Olympic sports in full swing for Illini this weekend

Illinois men’s tennis isn’t the only Olympic sports team in action this weekend for the Illini:

UI Roundup: Beasley's career day not enough

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Freshman Brandi Beasley scored a career-high 28 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Illinois women’s basketball team fell to Penn State on Sunday, 82-66.

Beasley added seven rebounds and five assists, but was plagued by seven turnovers.

UI roundup: Men's tennis opens season with win

NORMAN, Okla. — Illinois won five of six singles matches on Saturday, lifting the No. 17 men’s tennis team to a 4-2 win against No. 25 Arkansas at the ITA Kickoff.

After the Illini (1-0) dropped the doubles point, they rattled off three straight singles victories before closing out the match in the No. 6 competition.

Five dates to watch in Illinois athletics

The doldrums of winter are starting to set in, particularly when it comes to the Illinois basketball program and the realization that another NCAA tournament appearance seems bleak. Even with the struggles on the hardwood, though, other UI sports teams are worth paying attention to. Honestly.