Illinois senior Ella Masar, an Urbana product, is competing with the United States' Under-21 Women's National Team at the Nordic Cup tournament in Finland. For the next week, she will write a diary about her trip:
CHAMPAIGN – Marcia McDermott was promoted to associate head coach of Illinois' women's soccer team, coach Janet Rayfield announced Tuesday.
Illinois forward Ella Masar and defender Emily Zurrer will play for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer Leagues' W-League this summer.
Urbana native Masar signed with the defending W-League champions on May 9. Zurrer, who is from Crofton, British Columbia, is returning for her third consecutive season with the Whitecaps.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' 2007 soccer schedule includes a date against UCLA and former Illini coach Jillian Ellis.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Illinois senior Yvonne Mensah earned sixth place in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, going 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to claim All-America honors Friday.
"I thought everyone really competed and did well today," UI women's coach Gary Winckler said.
CHICAGO – For the sixth consecutive year, Illinois has reached the quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships.
The host Illini beat No. 9 Oklahoma State 4-2 when Ruben Gonzales clinched the match with a dramatic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win against Dmytro Petrov. It was No. 6 Illinois' fifth win against a Top 20 team this season.
CHAMPAIGN – Ella Masar was named team MVP and Offensive MVP at the Illinois soccer team's annual banquet.