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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Don’t head to Huff