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N-G softball: Top 10 (April 24)

No. 1 Tuscola starts the week on a 21-game win streak. More on our latest rankings, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:

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UI Roundup: Softball's 10-game win streak snapped

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois softball team lost for the first time since April 2 Sunday, dropping a 14-0 decision to Nebraska in five innings.

Arcola graduate Taylor Edwards took the loss for Illinois, allowing four runs and walking three in one inning of work. Illinois (34-11, 12-3 Big Ten) allowed six runs apiece in the second and fourth innings.

Baillon returns to form after uncharacteristic loss, but Illini fall

URBANA — Madie Baillon readily admits she’s probably the loudest player on any court when she plays. The Illinois senior had a reason to get loud Sunday afternoon against Michigan’s Alex Najarian.

Illini can’t sustain early lead, still in search of signature win

URBANA — One thing Brad Dancer feels his Illinois men’s tennis team is missing is a signature victory.

Last year’s team got its win by taking down No. 1 Virginia, which ended up being just one of four losses on the year for the eventual 2016 NCAA champion. The 2015 squad posted back-to-back top-10 victories against Texas and Texas A&M in consecutive days.

Illini offer top-30 Florida duo for Class of 2018

NEW YORK — Illinois’ busy weekend of recruiting continued Sunday, with the Illini extending offers to a pair of top-30 players in the Class of 2018. Now on Illinois’ radar is five-star forward Silvio De Sousa and four-star guard Elijah Weaver.

Rantoul’s Williams named MVP in win

DANVILLE — St. Joseph-Ogden’s Brandon Trimble scored 16 points and Player of the Game Kevin Williams, from Rantoul, hit 14 as the Eastern Illinois Senior All-Stars defeated their counterparts from Western Indiana Sunday afternoon at Danville Area Community College, 63-48, in the final game of the Battle of the Border.

Schroeder, locals can’t complete rally

DANVILLE — Macee Williams had her second consecutive double-double, putting up 19 points and 14 rebounds, while leading the Western Indiana All-Stars past the Eastern Illinois All-Stars 51-46 in Sunday’s girls’ finale of the seventh-annual Battle of the Border.

For the second consecutive game, the 6-foot-3 IUPUI recruit earned Player of the Game accolades.

Advanced Prep (Week of April 24)

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:

1. MONDAY: Mattoon at St. Joseph-Ogden, softball, 5 p.m.

UI Men's & Women's Tennis

University of Illinois Men's and Women's Dual Meet, Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The men faced Ohio State while the women took on Michigan.

Two more 2018 prospects get Illini hoops offer

NEW YORK — Illinois’ busy weekend of recruiting continued Sunday, with the Illini extending offers to a pair of top 30 players in the Class of 2018. Now on Illinois’ radar is five-star forward Silvio De Sousa and four-star guard Elijah Weaver.