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Memorial Stadium in the hunt for World Cup.

Masar, Red Stars top Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illini Ella Masar, an Urbana product, scored a goal to help lead the Chicago Red Stars to an 8-0 exhibition victory against Illinois on Tuesday night.

Masar returns as a pro

"I'm just so excited," she said. "I can't believe it's been a year since I've been on that field. I know I'm not going to be wearing orange and blue, but that doesn't take away the fact that I'm going to be playing in front of my home crowd one last time. To be able to look out in the crowd and know a lot of those people — and they've been there for the last four years and some of them a lot longer - it's a pretty remarkable feeling."

Masar receives training invite

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois forward Ella Masar, an Urbana product, was invited to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 17-day training camp.

Ante up

Jeff Huth spent months researching how much Illinois has spent on recruiting in recent years. He found that across the board, the Illini are major players on the recruiting scene.

Tate: Volleyball might lead rebirth

CHAMPAIGN – If you haven't seen Laura DeBruler, the slam-bang kill-shot artist from Downers Grove, you'll get your last chance Friday and maybe Saturday at Huff Hall.

DeBruler, Bartsch lead parade of UI honorees

CHAMPAIGN – Michelle Bartsch was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Laura DeBruler was a unanimous All-Big Ten pick Monday when the league announced its postseason awards.

Bartsch, a right side hitter, is seventh in the league in blocks at 1.21 per set. She has been effective on offense as well, collecting 280 kills this season.

Jeff Huth's Illini Insider

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

Soccer falls in Sweet 16

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – One of the deepest postseason runs for Illinois women's soccer has ended.

The Illini lost 3-0 to North Carolina at Fetzer Field in front of 1,852 fans braving temperatures in the 30s.

UI goalie has Tar Heels on her mind

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — When Janet Rayfield leads her Illinois soccer team onto Fetzer Field on Saturday for an NCAA Sweet 16 matchup against North Carolina, the Tar Heels alum won't be the only Illini already familiar with the surroundings.