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.
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.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The 20th-ranked Illinois volleyball team bounced back from a first-set defeat and outbattled Indiana the rest of the way for an 18-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-22 victory in the Big Ten opener for both teams Friday night.
"It was a big momentum match," Illini coach Don Hardin said. "In all of the Big Ten matches, everyone is going to want to protect home turf. We weren't ready out of the chute, but our players rebounded and fought hard to pull out this win."
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PARK RIDGE - Illinois freshman Kristin Sutherland was named Big Ten Co-Runner of the Week in women's cross-country Tuesday after winning the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships at Normal.
CHAMPAIGN – Laura DeBruler had a match-high 13 kills in No. 23 Illinois' 25-18, 25-13, 25-13 nonconference volleyball victory against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville on Friday night.