Soccer player earns elite invite

CARSON, Calif. — Illinois women's soccer player Vanessa DiBernardo was among 24 collegiate players selected to participate in the U.S. Under-23 National Team Training Camp.

The camp began Sunday and continues through May 1.

Soccer team signs five recruits

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois women’s soccer coach Janet Rayfield announced Tuesday the signings of five Class of 2011 recruits from four states.
The newcomers include Megan Green of Naperville; Cat Meyer of Bedford, Texas; Katie Reed of Coatesville, Ind.; Lizzie Sanscrainte of Vernon Hills; and Aliina Weycamp of Grand Haven, Mich.

Rayfield receives coaching honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Mondo Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year on Thursday.
As a result, Rayfield’s name will be placed on the ballot for the NSCAA/Mondo National Coach of the Year award. The winner will be announced Jan. 14.

Volleyball turns attention to second-place Penn State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Next up: Penn State.

The Illinois volleyball team knocked off Ohio State on Friday night 25-20, 25-17, 17-25, 27-25 to set up a showdown against second-place Penn State on Saturday night in State College, Pa.

Soccer falls in first round of NCAAs

Southern Cal eliminates Illini 3-1.

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Janet Rayfield's Illini are facing USC in a first-round match in the NCAA women's soccer tournament in South Bend, Ind. Friday's opener started at 4 p.m. C-U time.

Hilbrands skips redshirt for tourney

CHAMPAIGN – The two options confronting Jordan Hilbrands could not have been more different.

Return to action from an injury, but with the guarantee of no more than a handful of matches – perhaps as few as two – and the certainty this would be the end of her college soccer career.

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When the NCAA selection committee bracketed the 64-team field, it did No. 13 Illinois no favors. Or No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 22 Southern Cal, for that matter. All three were assigned to South Bend for the first and second rounds.

DiBernardo rates top freshman honor

PARK RIDGE — Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo was selected Big Ten Freshman of the Year in women’s soccer, the conference announced Wednesday.
DiBernardo, who also earned a spot on the 11-player All-Big Ten first team, leads the league in goals (11) and points (27).

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Illinois soccer standout Vanessa DiBernardo was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year today. The Naperville native has 27 points on 11 goals and five assists heading into Friday's NCAA tournament opener against USC.