Flaws & Co. rally for soccer victory

CHAMPAIGN — Indiana State led 1-0 at intermission Friday against Illinois in a nonconference soccer match, but the Illini didn’t panic.

Jannelle Flaws, Vanessa DiBernardo and Allie Osoba each scored in the second half, leading Illinois to a 3-2 victory.

Volleyball knocks off another ranked foe

AMES, Iowa — The Illinois volleyball team on Sunday scored its third victory against ranked teams, sweeping No. 11 Iowa State 25-23, 25-19, 25-16.

Jocelynn Birks had 11 kills and Maddie Mayers added nine as the 18th-ranked Illini ended the Iowa State Invitational 1-1 after losing 3-1 to No. 14 San Diego on Saturday.

UI vs IL State Soccer 2013

The  Illini take on Illinois State at the  Illinois Soccer Field.

Sunday, September 1, 2013.

Flaws' hat trick leads rout

CHAMPAIGN — No Vanessa DiBernardo, no problem.

The Illini star, who was called up to the U.S. Women’s national team that will face Mexico on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., missed Sunday’s game.

No worries, Janelle Flaws scored three goals to give the Illini a 5-1 victory against Illinois State.

UI Soccer vs. Illinois State

A gallery of images from the soccer game between the University of Illinois and Illinois State University at the Illinois Soccer Field on Sunday, September 1, 2013.

UI roundup: One up, one down for volleyball

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Kevin Hambly’s Illinois volleyball team defeated 18th-ranked Florida State 25-18, 25-23, 25-23 in its season-opening match Friday at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational.

DiBernardo earns call-up (w/audio)

CHICAGO — Vanessa DiBernardo has been a fixture for years in the USA Soccer pipeline. Now the University of Illinois senior is hitting the big time in her sport.

DiBernardo was called up to replace injured Megan Rapinoe on the U.S. Women’s National Team for its match Tuesday against Mexico in Washington, D.C. USA Soccer announced the move Thursday.

Freshman rescues UI soccer (w/interviews)


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Freshman Meegan Johnston’s overtime goal lifted Illinois past Louisville 5-4 on Sunday, giving Janet Rayfield’s team a split of its season-opening two-match road swing.

Top Illini pros: then & now

Twentieth-ranked Kevin Anderson has established himself as the best pro tennis player — now or ever — to come out of the University of Illinois. We asked staff writer Jeff Huth to pick the top current and all-time Illini pros in some other sports.

UI roundup: Soccer team drops opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Illinois’ soccer team did something Friday that it hadn’t done since 2007: losing its season opener.

Tenth-ranked Notre Dame defeated the Illini 4-1. UI freshman Casey Conine tallied her team’s goal, scoring in the 66th minute.