Hambly fills assistant opening

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois volleyball coach Kevin Hambly wasted little time in rounding out his coaching staff with the addition of former volunteer assistant Scott Leserman.

Leserman replaces Dan Conners, who left the Illini in mid-June to become the head women’s coach at UC-Davis.

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Donating sky high for Illini

Mike Thomas and Rick Darnell have plenty of reasons to thank Illinois athletic department donors.

Twenty-eight million of them. And counting.

As the fiscal year draws to a close on June 30, Illinois has already set a record for donations.

As of Thursday, the total was at $28,123,205.

That will buy a lot of basketballs, athletic tape and sports drinks.

Delgado, Flaws honored

CHAMPAIGN — Wrestler Jesse Delgado and soccer player Jannelle Flaws received the 2013-14 Dike Eddleman Awards on Thursday, a recognition of the top male and female University of Illinois athletes.

By winning the Eddleman Awards, the two are also eligible for Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors.

Bielfeldt joins Hambly's squad

CHAMPAIGN — Middle blocker Matti Bielfeldt, a two-sport athlete at Peoria Notre Dame, will join Illinois coach Kevin Hambly’s volleyball squad in the fall.

Bielfeldt, who played volleyball and basketball in high school, was coached in club volleyball by former Illini player Hillary Haen, who is now an assistant at Illinois.

Volleyball receives another commit

Caroline Welsh, a two-time all-state libero from Marietta, Ga., has orally committed to the University of Illinois volleyball program.

The 5-foot-8 sophomore made her decision early this week after visiting the UI campus for a second time.

Volleyball enjoys Kenney return

URBANA — The Illinois volleyball team defeated Kentucky during a four-set spring practice match Saturday.

The Illini won 25-22, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-20 at Kenney Gym. The match took place there because of renovation work at Huff Hall.

In men’s golf:

Illinois Volleyball at Kenney Gym 2014

The Illini take on Kentucky at their old stomping ground,  Kenney Gym,  while renovations continue at Huff Hall in Champaign on Saturday, April 19, 2014. 

Volleyball team visits Kenney

Don’t head to Huff

Tate: Color me a fan of new uniforms

If Fighting Illini performance is as snappy as their flashy new uniforms, happy days are on the orange and blue horizon.

What do you think of the new look? Let our columnist know here

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