Swimming and Diving
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Illinois built a 13-9 lead in the first set of Saturday’s Big Ten match against Michigan. It wasn’t enough. Neither was an 18-11 advantage in the second set. The Wolverines rallied to win both, including a 9-0 run with Abby Cole and Adeja Lambert trading kills back and forth to finish the second set.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Illinois was quick to answer Rutgers’ early goal in Friday’s Big Ten showdown, matching the Scarlet Knights less than a minute after they took the lead.
The Illini couldn’t, however, come up with the equalizer when Rutgers scored the go-ahead — and ultimately winning — goal with less than five minutes to play in its 2-1 victory.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois men’s golf team jumped from No. 6 to No. 1 in the Golf Coaches Association of America poll, marking the first top ranking in program history.
CHAMPAIGN — The swanky Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium hosts 1,000-plus Illinois football fans on Saturdays in the fall.
In the offseason, the calendar is crammed with wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and private parties.
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase marries high school sweetheart Morgan in Kansas City, Mo., and has three Illini teammates serve as groomsmen.
Top Male Athletes
1. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Back-to-back national champion at 125 pounds first to do so in Illini history at that weight class. Best news? He still has a year of eligibility left.
1. National champions don’t happen every year, but with Jesse Delgado winning one in wrestling and Jordan Valdez doing the same in men’s gymnastics, Illini could brag about those two accomplishments.
1. Kevin Hambly’s intense speech to his Illini volleyball team after it lost the first two sets to visiting Michigan on Nov. 6. With its postseason hopes seemingly evaporating, Illinois responded and dug deep to pull out a 3-2 win in the season-turning match.
Why a B: No repeat trip to NCAA tournament, but a solid Big Ten showing.
High point: Beating Indiana 2-1 April 26 at home to end Hoosiers’ 10-game conference winning streak.
Low point: Losing twice to Michigan State in three-day span at the Big Ten tournament, costing them an NCAA berth.
Big Ten finish: Third
LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois baseball team isn’t in a tie for second anymore in the Big Ten.
The Illini are now in sole possession of third place after falling 2-1 against Nebraska in the series opener Thursday night.
That’s important when it comes to seeding purposes at the Big Ten tournament, which starts Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.