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Healthy competition pushes Illinois volleyball

“Open competition” is a familiar preseason phrase for any sport. The idea is that, regardless of the status of returning players and offseason workouts, starting positions aren’t settled when practice begins.

Some coaches even mean it.

This preseason, Kevin Hambly is one of them.


Daniels: A look at the centers

Illinois football beat writer Matt Daniels gives the inside scoop on how position battles are faring for the Illini during preseason camp. Today’s glance hones in on the centers:

Who has left?


Beckman gets cooled off

RANTOUL — Tim Beckman had to dry off a bit after Tuesday’s lone practice at Camp Rantoul.

The Illinois coach, a few players and some staff members were target practice for some of the Illini in a dunk tank set up inside the media tent.

“It was a little cold,” Beckman said. “I don’t know if any ice was in there, but it was a little bit colder than I thought it would be.”


Beckman on dunk tank: 'It was a little cold'

Illinois coach Tim Beckman talks abut the dunk tank he and several other Illini coaches and staff members experienced on Tuesday after practice in Rantoul.

Videographer/Producer: 
Matt Daniels/The News-Gazette

Beckman at Camp Rantoul's dunk tank

Illinois coach Tim Beckman takes part in a dunk tank set up after practice on Tuesday at Camp Rantoul.

Videographer/Producer: 
Matt Daniels/The News-Gazette

SportsTalk 8-12-14

SportsTalk 8-12-14: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Loren Tate broadcast from Camp Rantoul. Their guests include Mark Tupper (Decatur Herald Review) and Coach Beckman's father, David Beckman.

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Hambly: Know what to expect from veteran team

Illinois volleyball coach Kevin Hambly discusses the benefits of having an experienced team Tuesday at the annual media day at Huff Hall. The Illini open their season Aug. 29 at home against Long Beach State.

Videographer/Producer: 
Scott Richey/The News-Gazette

Anna Dorn - Illini Volleyball Media Day

Anna Dorn - Illini Volleyball Media Day: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with the fifth-year senior middle blocker about the upcoming volleyball season.

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Liz McMahon - Illini Volleyball Media Day

Liz McMahon - Illini Volleyball Media Day: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with senior right side hitter Liz McMahon about the upcoming Illinois volleyball season.

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UI Soccer Team 2014

The UI Soccer team meet for Media Day at the soccer field in Urbana on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. 


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