Illini soccer slate revealed

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s soccer team will be tested immediately to start the 2015 season. And that’s before matches that actually count.

Ellis likely will set sights on gold medal

Hear from Illini soccer assistant coach Katie Hultin Wednesday at 5 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — Perhaps you’ve heard of the Algarve Cup. If you follow international women’s soccer, the odds would be higher you have. Better odds, though, would probably still fall under “no.”

July 7 UI women's basketball, volleyball, soccer and baseball chat

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 2:00pm

Scott Richey is back at it again at 2 p.m. Tuesday with another chat that encompasses just about everything Illini. He's fielding questions on women's basketball, volleyball, soccer and baseball, but you can go other directions, too. Did you watch as much Women's World Cup as he did and want to chat? Fine by him. Basically, if you've got questions, he'll at least have an opinion.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15 Team Grades

We rate all 19 Illinois athletic teams from the 2014-15 school year:

Baseball (A)

Why an A: Set the bar high for future seasons with 50 wins and first NCAA regional title.

Last year’s grade: B

High point: Beating Wright State to sweep NCAA regional and reach super regional.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15 Month-by-month highlights

July 2014
Tom Michael left for Eastern Illinois and the chance to run his own athletic department after two-plus decades at Illinois, first as a basketball player for Lou Henson and later as an administrator.

Illini Year in Review: 2014-15

Top Male Athletes
1. Isaiah Martinez, wrestling. Only 10 wrestlers win a national title each year. Those who go undefeated doing so are a much smaller group, which Martinez joined in March.

2. Tyler Jay, baseball. The Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and No. 6 overall draft pick of the Minnesota Twins was one of the most dominant closers in the nation this spring.

Ex-Illini coach Ellis has come long way

CHAMPAIGN — Janet Rayfield was one of the anxious tens of thousand Americans in Montreal on Tuesday.

Just not for the same reasons.

Recognize her?

Jillian Ellis was the first Illinois women's soccer coach in school history.

She only stayed for two seasons, compiling a 19-18 record during the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Illini before moving on to UCLA.

June 30 UI 'Olympic sports' chat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 3:00pm

Staff writer Scott Richey will mark his one-year anniversary with the News-Gazette with another chat on everything Illini. He's back at it again this week at 3 p.m. with your answers for Illinois volleyball, soccer, women's basketball and baseball questions.

Sunday Conversation: Vanessa DiBernardo

Vanessa DiBernardo finished her collegiate career as one of the most decorated Illini in program history. The two-time All-American and three time All-Big Ten first-team selection now plays for the Chicago Red Stars in the National