Flaws seeks bigger impact

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ 2010 recruiting class is long gone. For the most part.

Vanessa DiBernardo is playing professionally with the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League. Lauren Parkin is a medical legal assistant in St. Louis and is five months into a second job as a national team coordinator for U.S. Soccer.

Must-see fall events (preps and Illini)


Updated: Court date set for UI soccer lawsuit

The first court date has been set in the lawsuit filed by former Illini soccer player Casey Conine against the University of Illinois.

The UI filed a motion to dismiss Conine's complaint, and the motion will be heard at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Paul and "Tiz" Bresee

From 1927 through 1973, the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium had two public address voices. Paul and Howard “Tiz” Bresee, the sons of Mattoon’s Byrd and Bertha Bresee, reported the runs of Buddy Young, J.C. Caroline and Jim Grabowski, the passes of Perry Moss, Tommy O’Connell and Mike Wells, the tackles of Dick Butkus and the interceptions of Al Brosky.

UI soccer roundup: Rayfield hires assistant

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield rounded out her coaching staff Friday with the announcement that former Missouri State standout Allie Osmundson would join the Illini as a volunteer assistant this fall.

Birks rates league honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois redshirt senior outside hitter Jocelynn Birks was one of four unanimous Preseason All-Big Ten selections announced by the conference on Thursday.

Birks, who was named to the preseason team for a third consecutive season, finished the 2014 season as a unanimous All-Big Ten selection and an AVCA second-team All-American after totaling a Big Ten-leading 527 kills.

Richey: Illini soccer primer

Illinois’ season opener is nearly a week away, but before taking on Oakland at home next Friday, Katherine Ratz and the Illini have a pair of exhibition matches this week. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY details what you need to know about Janet Rayfield’s 14th squad:

Volleyball team eighth in poll

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois volleyball team will start the 2015 season ranked eighth in the country after the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason Top 25 was released Wednesday. The Illini, who went 26-8 overall and 16-4 in the Big Ten before their season ended in the Sweet 16, finished the 2014 season ranked 11th.

UI women's soccer media day

Meet the members of the women's Illinois soccer team for 2015.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Top pass catchers

Illini wide receiver Mikey Dudek made the college football world sit up and take notice in 2014 as a freshman, so it will take a Herculean effort for him to make a comparable encore in his second season.