Soccer America honors Zurrer

CHAMPAIGN – Defender Emily Zurrer received two more honors after leading Illinois to a pair of shutout victories and scoring a match-winning goal last weekend.

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Ogren places ninth at invite

TOLEDO, Ohio – Illinois junior Mark Ogren carded a 3-over-par 74 Tuesday and finished ninth at the sixth annual Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational.

Illini runners sixth in poll

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois women's cross-country team was ranked sixth today in the first U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association poll of the season.

Karen Harvey's team returns All-American Cassie Hunt and All-Big Ten runners Stephanie Simms and Katie Engel from the group that finished fifth in the NCAA Championships in 2005.

Masar, defense help deliver title

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois is starting to play better soccer.

Just as coach Janet Rayfield expected when she made out a killer nonconference schedule.

Illinois coach hits milestone

CHAMPAIGN – Coach Janet Rayfield probably will never forget her 100th career victory.

Illinois defeated Syracuse 4-0 on Friday night in the first match of the Illini Tournament to improve to 2-3 this season.

Zurrer adds Russia to list of countries she's visited thanks to soccer

The Kremlin in Moscow was a sight to behold. So was historic Red Square.

And those collections of paintings and sculptures at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg were an art-lover's treat.

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Illini capture tourney title

MILWAUKEE – Stephanie Alde had a career-high 15 kills to lead Illinois' volleyball team to a 30-22, 22-30, 30-20, 30-13 victory against Loyola and the championship of the Marquette Kick-Off Tournament on Sunday.

Four Illini – Vicki Brown, Kayani Turner, Ashley Edinger and Lizzie Bazzetta – were named to the all-tournament team. Turner had 14 kills against Loyola. Amy Palash had four of Illinois' 11 aces.

Brown keeps Illinois perfect

MILWAUKEE – Vicki Brown has been unstoppable this season, and Mississippi found that out Friday at the Marquette Kickoff Tournament.

Brown, an outside hitter, and Kayani Turner had 18 and 19 kills, respectively, in Illinois' 27-30, 30-22, 30-22, 30-19 victory. The Illini improved to 4-0.