Volleyball recruits on U.S. team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two Illinois volleyball recruits were selected to the U.S. Girls' Youth National Training Team. Right-side hitter Michelle Bartsch of Maryville and middle blocker Jessica Jendryk of Wheaton are part of an 18-player roster that will train July 14-29 at Chula Vista, Calif. The roster will be cut in late July to a maximum 12 players who will represent the U.S. at the FIVB Under-18 World Championships July 31-Aug. 11 in Mexico's Baja California region.

Mensah highlights scholars

Yvonne Mensah, who claimed four individual titles at the Big Ten meet, was one of 54 Illinois athletes selected Academic All-Big Ten.

Johnson adds three wrestlers

CHAMPAIGN – Ryan Prater, Zeke Rowan and Vince Vercelli, who won state wrestling titles in February, signed with Illinois coach Mark Johnson's squad.

Davis named All-American

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois catcher Lars Davis was named to the Louisville Slugger TPX Collegiate Baseball All-America second team Wednesday.

Davis batted .400 this season, becoming the first Illini to hit. 400 in a season since 1996.

Schedule should help volleyball freshmen prepare

CHAMPAIGN – On Tuesday, Don Hardin and his Illinois volleyball staff learned their incoming recruiting class has been ranked among the best in the nation.

Today, the Illini coach announced the schedule those five highly regarded newcomers will cut their collegiate teeth on in 2007.

Track teams earn at-large bids

CHAMPAIGN – Three individuals and one relay from the Illinois track and field teams received at-large invitations Tuesday to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Tiebreakers prove costly to defending NCAA champions

ATHENS, Ga. – Illinois' historic bid in the NCAA doubles tournament fell one step short.

Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe, trying to become the first tennis duo to claim back-to-back national crowns, fell to Middle Tennessee State's Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) on Monday in the championship match.

Former Illini fullback now serving country in Army

Some of his classmates went on to the NFL (Duke Preston) or business (Mark Kornfeld) or coaching (Dustin Ward).

Former Illini fullback Brad Haywood took a different career path, one that led him to two stints in Iraq. He is in his third year with the U.S. Army.

It's theirs to defend

ATHENS, Ga. – Not long after doubles tandem Ryan Rowe and Kevin Anderson won the national championship last season, the pair set the goal of defending the crown they worked so hard to capture.

The Illini twosome moved one step away from doing just that Sunday, with a win in the national semifinals at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

Sullivan's Little Theatre on the Square has had quite a run

SULLIVAN – Guy Little Jr. seemed destined to have a life in theater, as well as his own theater.

A son of an English teacher, he was 5 when he saw his first professional production, "The Merry Widow." As a boy, he had his own marionette touring theater and produced "Hansel and Gretel" in his backyard.