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Illini knocked out of tournament

URBANA – Wesley Whitehouse defeated Illinois' Marc Spicijaric 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 Sunday in the qualifying round for the USTA Challenger of Champaign-Urbana at Atkins Tennis Center.

Spicijaric was the lone remaining Illini in qualifyin. The freshman doubles team of Billy Heiser and Sasha Kharkevitch lost to Chris Klingemann and BJ Munroe.

Grentz seeks right fit in starting rotation

CHAMPAIGN – Don't get too worked up about Illinois' starting lineup. Theresa Grentz isn't.

Guards Lori Bjork and Chelsea Gordon were joined by forwards Lacey Simpson and Erin Wigley and center Danyel Crutcher in the starting unit for Sunday's opener against Butler. Bjork, Gordon and Simpson figure to stay there for the foreseeable future.

Simpson's energy lifts Illini in opener

CHAMPAIGN – Like many mid-November basketball games, Sunday's opener was part-terrific, part-terrible for the Illinois women.

Fortunately for the Illini, terrific won out.

Former Illini in the NFL

Here's how ex-Illini players and coaches fared in Sunday's games:

Illinois heads to Sweet 16 with momentum

ST. LOUIS – Reaching the Sweet 16 is nothing new for Janet Rayfield's Illinois soccer program.

The dominating way in which the Illini advanced Sunday, however, was a pleasant surprise.