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O'Brien settling in at libero

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois wrapped up its first major Big Ten homestand on a high note, with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 sweep of Maryland securing the Illini a third straight win and second consecutive sweep after beating Ohio State on Friday.

The four consecutive matches at Huff Hall — the longest such run this season for Illinois — doubled as an adjustment period.

Cooney's fitting in well with Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Two freshmen have been regulars on the court for Illinois this season. Not that first-year coach Chris Tamas could have gone another route if he wanted.

Oct. 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

Will a quarterback change spark the Illinois football team Saturday at Iowa? Is there anything else Lovie Smith and Co. can do to right the ship? On the high school side of things, which teams and players are the ones to watch with postseason play beginning to get underway? Anything is fair game in sports editor Matt Daniels' weekly chat, which gets going at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Oct. 4 Illinois basketball, football & volleyball chat

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:30pm

It's that time of year. Practices are underway for the Illinois basketball team, with just more than a month until the season opener. At the same time, the Illini football and volleyball teams are getting into the thick of Big Ten action (thus far with divergent results from one another). Add in recruiting, and fall can get a bit hectic.

Balanced attack fuels Illini sweep

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Kylie Kuyava-DeBerg began her college career starting for Illinois as an outside hitter in the opening weekend of the season. The 6-foot-4 freshman had a pair of six-kill matches, but struggled to attack consistently.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 30, 2017

A real team player, Andy Wenstrand will do anything to help give Illinois volleyball an edge.

Even wear pants that appear to have come from Liberace's closet (right).

Road support big in Illini win

EVANSTON — Ongoing renovations at Welsh-Ryan Arena haven’t pushed the Northwestern volleyball team out of town like their men’s basketball counterparts, but down the road a couple miles. To Evanston Township High School were the primary colors at Beardsley Gym are the Wildkits’ orange and blue.

Illini sweep Indiana in Big Ten opener

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illinois proved a few things in Wednesday night's Big Ten opener at Indiana.

Namely, given enough time in a long rally, the Illini can find a sliver of opportunity to end it with a point in their favor. Or that their block remains a hard-to-penetrate wall no matter who's in the front row. Or that even out of system, their attack can be potent.

Back home in Indiana

CHAMPAIGN — Indiana fans will have to watch one of their own hammer shots from the outside-hitter position for three rotations when Illinois takes on the Hoosiers today inside University Gym in Bloomington, Ind. 

Next, those same fans will watch three more rotations from another in-state product.