Gonzales seals first-round win

CHICAGO – For the sixth consecutive year, Illinois has reached the quarterfinals at the USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships.

The host Illini beat No. 9 Oklahoma State 4-2 when Ruben Gonzales clinched the match with a dramatic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) win against Dmytro Petrov. It was No. 6 Illinois' fifth win against a Top 20 team this season.

Masar nabs team MVP award

CHAMPAIGN – Ella Masar was named team MVP and Offensive MVP at the Illinois soccer team's annual banquet.

Illinois assistant coach departing

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois soccer assistant coach Dale Armstrong is leaving coaching to return to the Colorado Springs, Colo., area to be near relatives.

Douglas County Museum still not out of woods

TUSCOLA – Members of the Douglas County Museum can breathe a sigh of relief now that their membership drive raised enough money to pay the utility bills.

But fear of losing the museum has not lifted completely. Now members have to worry about how to pay for next winter's bills.

Masar invited to U.S. camp

CHAMPAIGN– Junior forward Ella Masar has accepted an invitation to the U.S. under-21 training camp.

Nweke rewarded again

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois soccer forward Chichi Nweke received her fifth postseason award Wednesday when she was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman second team.

In addition, three Illini were Scholar All-Central Region selections by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Illini's Leman, Zurrer garner more awards

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois linebacker J Leman was named an honorable mention All-American by Sports

The magazine lists him as one of the top 15 linebackers in the country.

Masar, Zurrer highlight squad

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois junior forward Ella Masar, an Urbana graduate, and sophomore defender Emily Zurrer were selected to Soccer Buzz's All-Great Lakes Region first team Tues-day.

UI junior midfielder Kristy Weeks was a second-team selection, and junior defender Mary Therese McDonnell earned a spot on the third team.

Soccer players clean up in class

CHAMPAIGN – Ten Illinois soccer players, including second-team All-American Ella Masar and third-team All-American Emily Zurrer, were named Academic All-Big Ten.

UI's Masar earns honor

CHAMPAIGN – Two Illinois players have been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All-America team.

Junior forward Ella Masar was named to the second team, while sophomore defender Emily Zurrer earned a third-team spot. Both also were selected to the NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region first team.