Illini Insider

Staff writer Jeff Huth's review and preview of all things Illinois

Second-half surge lifts soccer team

CHAMPAIGN – They say "home is where the heart is." For the Illinois soccer team, home is where the wins are.

Chichi Nweke scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season and Laura Knutson put the game on ice with her first score of the year as the Illini beat Ohio State 2-0 on Sunday for their 14th victory in the last 15 matches at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium.

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Volleyball bounces back with block party

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois volleyball team rebounded from Friday's five-set loss to Northwestern in style Sunday with a straight-set (27-25, 25-17, 25-22) win against No. 19 Wisconsin at Huff Hall.

Laura DeBruler led the charge offensively with 14 kills, while Johanna Bangert powered the defense with six blocks.

Soccer blanked in 0-2 weekend

A look at Sunday's Illinois athletics action:

Volleyball road trip off to a quick start

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Laura DeBruler had 11 kills and six digs as No. 19 Illinois opened a key road swing with a 25- 17, 25-23, 25-16 win at Ohio State.

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Zurrer earns pair of honors

CHAMPAIGN — After leading the Illini soccer team to back-to-back shutout wins against Michigan State and Michigan, senior Emily Zurrer was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and earned Top Drawer Team of the Week honors.

Zurrer scored her third goal of the season in a 3-0 win against the Spartans and she anchored No. 21 Illinois’ defense in the 1-0 win against the Wolverines, who managed one shot on goal in the contest.

Hilbrands boots winner

CHAMPAIGN – Jordan Hilbrands scored on a feed from Laura Knutson in the 79th minute to help the Illinois women's soccer team to a 1-0 Big Ten victory against Michigan on Sunday.

Knutson delivered the ball with a header and Hilbrands beat a pair of Michigan defenders before firing it to the upper-right part of the goal. It was Hilbrands' first score of her collegiate career.

Illini roundup

A look at Friday's Illinois sports action: