Illinois Year in Review: Jannelle Flaws, Top Female Athlete
Best part of my junior year ... definitely going to the Sweet 16 was a great memory. Besides that, spending time with my friends. I have some great friends here.
I always remember Janet Rayfield telling me ... to get back onsides. My redshirt freshman year, she told me that a lot. I figured it out, but it took me a while. Longer than they would have liked.
Next year, I will be .... still playing soccer at Illinois and going to school. At Illinois and most other teams, your goal is always to make it to the Final Four and win the national championship. That’s definitely one goal. And I want to beat my record.
Five years from now, I hope to be ... still playing soccer and maybe coaching, too. I have a 12-year-old sister I help out. She has the potential to be good.
At my 25th reunion, I will tell the story of ... last year’s last day of preseason. It was a tough one. We ended with a water-balloon fight. I was too tired to move.
My hidden talent is ... probably basketball. Growing up, I played basketball just as much as soccer, if not more. I played on my high school team. I’m going to stick with soccer. I’ve been out for awhile.
If I had unlimited resources, I would give Illinois soccer ... start with a new practice field and a locker room closer to the field. It’s not that far. I would like to make it our own. It’s not a bad walk. I would also find a way to give alums their old jerseys.
Female Athletes of the Year
2014 Jannelle Flaws, soccer
2013 Ashley Spencer, track
2012 Vanessa DiBernardo, soccer
2011 Vanessa DiBernardo, soccer
2010 Angela Bizzarri, track/cross-country
2009 Angela Bizzarri, track/cross-country
2008 Angelena Mexicano, softball
2007 Yvonne Mensah, track
2006 Jenna Hall, softball
2005 Tara Hurless, soccer
2004 Lisa Argabright, volleyball
2003 Perdita Felicien, track