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.

Illini insider

A weekly review and preview of Illini sports:

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.

Illini insider

A weekly review and preview of Illini sports:

Freshman, Illini refuse to see red

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Freshman goalkeeper Alexandra Kapicka probably didn't think she would see any playing time in No. 13 Illinois' season opener Friday.

One red card changes everything.

Delic's dream not over yet

NEW YORK – Former Illini Amer Delic remained alive at the U.S. Open qualifier tournament, defeating Spain's Marcel Granollers-Pujol 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

UI soccer picked No. 2

PARK RIDGE – Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield is expecting big things in the program's 10th season.

Big Ten coaches are high on the Illini, too.

Return to campus results in role reversal

Sixteen years ago, Janet Rayfield took a call from a fellow North Carolina graduate offering an assistant coach's job.

In June, the head coach of the Illinois women's soccer team placed the very same call to her former boss.