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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.