OXFORD, Miss. — The 18th-ranked Illini women's tennis team got off to a strong start Friday in its NCAA first-round matchup against Rice, winning the doubles point.
But Illinois couldn't sustain the momentum in singles, losing 4-3.
The Illini (18-8) took a 1-0 lead thanks to wins from the teams of Marisa Lambropoulos/Melissa Kopinski and Chelcie Abajian/Allison Falkin.
Growing up, the heaviest clothing Andrew Riley wore was a hoodie. He would wear one in the winter evenings, when temperatures in Jamaica would drop near 60 degrees.
For the first 20 years of his life, a hoodie was all he needed — the only time he experienced true cold near his home in the hills above Kingston was when he reached his hand in the refrigerator.
EVANSTON — The Illinois men's tennis team dominated Michigan in Saturday's Big Ten semifinals, winning 4-0.
And their prize? Another match with Ohio State, the six-time defending Big Ten champions.
Top-seeded Ohio State is 31-2 and ranked third nationally. The Buckeyes own a 92-match winning streak in the Big Ten.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. — Illinois senior Nora Lucas shot a par 72 to claim a share of the lead through one round of the Big Ten women's golf tournament Friday.
Lucas led Illinois to third place, 6 strokes behind co-leaders Ohio State and Michigan State.
A six-birdie performance allowed Lucas to keep pace with Michigan State's Caroline Powers atop the leaderboard.
Northwestern scored zero points in three Big Ten Outdoor track and field championships in the early-80s, and dropped the sport in 1988. Only the ghosts of past runners, jumpers, etc., traipse around Evanston.
URBANA — Danielle Vaji has been active in the Illinois softball program longer than any athlete since the sport was implemented on the campus 13 years ago.
She's a fifth-year senior who has actually appeared in games for five different years. Her sophomore season was ended after five games by a knee injury, and Vaji was granted a medical redshirt.
ST. LOUIS — Missouri maintained its mastery against Illinois at Busch Stadium, winning 5-4 Wednesday night for its second consecutive victory against the Illini at the home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Tigers (18-14) defeated Illinois 7-4 in 2010. Last year's scheduled game was rained out.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The accolades keep pouring in for the Illinois men's gymnastics team. A night after the Illini won their fourth straight Big Ten championship, Justin Spring was honored as the conference's Coach of the Year for the third straight year and C.J. Maestas was named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year as well as Gymnast of the Year.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois scored 10 runs in the first three innings and stayed in command thereafter to defeat Mississippi Valley State 12-4 on Saturday in a nonconference baseball game at Illinois Field. The top of the batting order did most of the damage for the Illini, with the first five hitters combining to go 11 for 20 with nine RBI and eight runs.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Justin Parr had two hits and drove in four runs to help Illinois to an 11-3 win against Nebraska in the Big Ten opener for both teams Friday.
Kevin Johnson picked up the win for the Illini, improving to 4-1. The right-hander scattered nine hits in seven innings with three strikeouts and a walk.