Men's tennis bounces back at national indoor

HOUSTON — Illinois’ men’s tennis team bounced back Saturday at the ITA National Indoor Championships, defeating Pepperdine 4-0 in the consolation bracket.

The 22nd-ranked and 10th-seeded Illini were led by Brian Page, Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon.

Sunday Conversation: Compliance director Ryan Squire

Ryan Squire hears what some might consider mundane questions. On a daily basis. But they’re important in his job. Vital, in fact. The compliance director for the Illinois athletic department keeps coaches afloat of recruiting rules, athletes’ eligibility and the ever-evolving transfers that seem to dominate college athletics now.

DiBernardo drafted by hometown Red Stars

(Red) Stars aligned

Masar's soccer journey leads to Houston

CHICAGO — Urbana native and former Illini All-American Ella Masar was drafted Friday by the newest franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Masar, who played for the Illini from 2004 to ’07, was selected by the Houston Dash with its fifth of 10 picks in the NWSL expansion draft.

Loren Tate: It will be tough to top this year

The new year leaves behind a whopper in 2013, with more fireworks possible when Indiana comes to the Farm on Tuesday.

As the year’s local sports stories go, these are my personal favorites, and why.

Biggest stories

Flaws’ OT winner caps NCAA comeback

LINCOLN, Neb.  — The Illinois soccer team trailed by two goals after three shots in its NCAA second-round match Friday against No. 7 Portland.

“We are just fighting and truly living up to the name Fighting Illini,” UI coach Janet Rayfield said.

Are they ever.

Jeff Huth: UI soccer storylines

The Illini women’s soccer team is headed to Lincoln, Neb., for Round 2 — and hopes to stick around for Round 3 — of the NCAA tournament on Friday (11 a.m.). Staff writer Jeff Huth offers four storylines as Illinois (10-8-3) prepares to face No. 7 Portland (17-2-1).

UI keeper rebounds in style

CHAMPAIGN — A short memory can be an absolute necessity for a goalkeeper.
In Illinois’ first-round NCAA tournament opener, Illini freshman Claire Wheatley displayed that indispensable quality one match after giving up five goals against Indiana at the Big Ten tournament and getting pulled from the match with almost 15 minutes remaining.

Illini win NCAA soccer opener


PULLMAN, Wash. — When Saturday’s NCAA tournament opener went to penalty kicks, Illinois was in its element.

UI soccer: NCAA preview

Minutes after the Illini were ousted from the Big Ten tournament Nov. 6, senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo and coach Janet Rayfield separately were asked about the possibility that the former had played her final collegiate match.

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