Big Ten volleyball getting stronger

Volleyball Magazine named its top recruiting classes for the 2014 season on July 10. Five Big Ten teams made the Top 10 — including defending national champ Penn State at No. 1 — while four others were in ranked in the Top 25.

FINE DINING: All UI athletes benefit from NCAA rule

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 Year in Review: Memorable moments

July 2013
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase marries high school sweetheart Morgan in Kansas City, Mo., and has three Illini teammates serve as groomsmen.

August 2013

Illinois Year in Review: Part I

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.

Illinois Year in Review: Part II

Best Moments
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.

Illinois Year in Review: Part III

Best Events
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.

Illinois Year in Review: Making the grade

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

Saturday SportsTalk 7-12-14

Saturday SportsTalk 7-12-14: Play now!

Steve and Loren talk all things sports on downstate's longest running sports show. Today's guests include Athletic Director Mike Thomas, Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, Ryan Easterling from Illini Playbook, Illini volleyball coach Kevin Hambly, and Mike Wallner from the U of I Golf Course.


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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.

Sports Talk 7-9-14

Sports Talk 7-9-14: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson talk with Matt Daniels regarding Illini football coaching news, and they talk with Brad Sturdy from rivals.com/Orange and Blue News and with David Schuster from 670 The Score.


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