URBANA — Rain forced the Big Ten women's tennis tournament inside at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, but there was no dampening Illinois' spirits after its win over Maryland.
The Illini took down the No. 47 Terrapins 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
Illinois will get at least one more match at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex — or Atkins Tennis Center, depending on the weather — in the Big Ten tournament’s second round at 10 a.m. Friday. Five things you need to know before the fourth-seeded Illini and fifth-seeded Maryland Terrapins square off, courtesy Scott Richey:
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Tonight's guests: News Gazette journalists Marcus Jackson & Bob Asmussen, BTN basketball analyst & former Illini Deon Thomas, Illinois men's tennis coach Brad Dancer. Also, comments from Illini men's basketball coach Brad Underwood about signing Mark Smith.
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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics held its Oskee Awards event Monday night, with Joe Spencer and Nicole Evans receiving Big Ten Medal of Honor recognition.
Spencer, a former Illini football center, and Evans, an Illini softball outfielder, were recognized for their excellence on and off the field as seniors.
It's 16,032 kilometers, or nearly 10,000 miles, from Virum, Denmark, to Sydney, Australia.
Opposite ends of the planet. Makes a fellow wonder how much farther it would be to travel the opposite way around the ice-bound poles (don't try it, that's an extra 8,000 kilometers).
URBANA — Madie Baillon readily admits she’s probably the loudest player on any court when she plays. The Illinois senior had a reason to get loud Sunday afternoon against Michigan’s Alex Najarian.
URBANA — One thing Brad Dancer feels his Illinois men’s tennis team is missing is a signature victory.
Last year’s team got its win by taking down No. 1 Virginia, which ended up being just one of four losses on the year for the eventual 2016 NCAA champion. The 2015 squad posted back-to-back top-10 victories against Texas and Texas A&M in consecutive days.
Illinois only boasts one men's tennis player as an individual NCAA champion — Amer Delic accomplished the feat in 2003. This year's Illini team, however, has Aleks Vukic, a junior who just might go on a deep run in May at the NCAA tournament.