RIO DE JANEIRO — Former Illini Dylan Alcott moved a step closer to a Paralympics gold medal Monday, defeating Lucas Sithole 2-0 in a quad singles men’s tennis semifinal match. Alcott, representing Australia, will take on Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne in the final.
EUGENE, Ore. — Katie Stadick recorded a team-high 11 kills, leading Illinois to a 25-11, 25-18, 25-18 volleyball victory against St. Mary’s (Calif.) on Saturday night. In an earlier match, Ali Bastianelli’s five kills and nine blocks helped Illinois snap a four-match losing streak, as it defeated Belmont 25-9, 25-16, 25-23.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Illinois graduate student Tatyana McFadden placed second Friday in the T-54 women’s 100-meter final at the Paralympics.
McFadden finished in 16.13 seconds to take the silver medal, crossing the line just behind China’s Wenjun Liu (16.00). Current Illini Hannah McFadden just missed the race’s podium, placing fourth in 16.34.
The 2016 Paralympics started Wednesday and will continue through Sept. 18 in Rio. A look at athletes with local ties:
Dylan Alcott Tennis
Former UI student will represent Australia
Brian Bell Men’s basketball
Former UI student will play for United States
Let’s be honest. When I arrived here 50 years ago, I was a jock. And wet behind the ears.
My job for the previous decade in Hammond, Ind., from 1955 to 1966, was covering high school sports.
“You mean,” asked 23-year-old Sonny in the Hammond interview, “all I have to do is go to football games and write about them? Sounds good to me.”
URBANA — The next stage of Jared Hiltzik’s professional tennis career starts Sunday.
The four-time Illinois All-American is moving to Tampa to train full-time at Saddlebrook Resort under Christopher Williams and Billy Heiser, another former Illini.
Hiltzik is also leaving Illinois a champion.
URBANA — Jared Hiltzik and Aron Hiltzik set up a brother vs. brother matchup in the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament after both won a first-round singles match Tuesday at Atkins Tennis Center.
Jared Hiltzik, a recent Illinois graduate, defeated sixth-seeded Roberto Quiroz 5-7, 6-0, 6-3. Aron Hiltzik, an Illini rising junior, upended Julian Bradley 7-5, 6-4.
URBANA — Illinois rising junior Aleks Vukic opened the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament on Monday with a singles win at Atkins Tennis Center.
Vukic upset fifth-seeded Omar Jasika 6-4, 6-2 to earn a spot in the second round of the five-round competition. Vukic will take on the winner of today’s match between Takanyi Garanganga and Alex Rybakov.
Eight with UI connections are at the Rio Games. A quick breakdown:
Jill Ellis, United States
Women’s soccer coach
The reigning CONCACAF and FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year has an Olympic favorite in a team coming off a World Cup victory last year.