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Illini move on

A day later, Illinois' men's tennis team maintained its winning ways.

After winning the program's first national title Tuesday, three of four UI players advanced out of the first round of the NCAA singles tournament Wednesday in Athens, Ga.

Illini win NCAA title

ATHENS, Ga. – Craig Tiley had no reason to believe.

The year was 1993, and Tiley, a first-year college tennis coach with an interim tag, was captain of a sinking ship at Illinois.

Illinois senior claims honor

Illinois senior Andy Schutzenhofer was named to the All-Big Ten baseball team for the fourth time in his career Tuesday.

In voting by league coaches, the Illini first baseman was selected to the first team, an honor he also received as a freshman. Schutzenhofer was a second-team pick as a sophomore and junior. This season, he hit .316 with 11 doubles and 36 RBI, the second-highest total on the team.

Dawson: Loyalty puts Tiley on top of Illinois list

Loyalty is a little like a good smoke detector; doesn't do you much good unless it gets a test every now and then.

And if you simply assume it's in place and going strong, you're asking to get burned.

Illini reach title match

ATHENS, Ga. – Chris Martin knew what was on the line, and he didn't want to get ahead of himself.

So, with a shot at a national tennis title on the line, the Illinois sophomore was the very picture of focus in his singles match Monday.

Illinois coach ponders future

CHAMPAIGN – Did the end of Illinois' baseball season Sunday mark the end of a Hall of Fame coaching career, too?

After the Illini's 6-4 victory against Iowa at Illinois Field, Itch Jones raised that possibility.

Felicien's flying high

MINNEAPOLIS – Perdita Felicien made sure there would be no repeat.

After clipping the final hurdle and finishing second to Indiana's Danielle Carruthers in the 100-meter hurdles at last spring's Big Ten outdoor track and field championships, Felicien took her second career conference title with a resounding win Sunday.

Illinois coach ponders future

CHAMPAIGN – Did the end of Illinois' baseball season Sunday mark the end of a Hall of Fame coaching career, too?

After the Illini's 6-4 victory against Iowa at Illinois Field, Itch Jones raised that possibility.

Finally: Illini to the four

ATHENS, Ga. – Craig Tiley has waited 10 years to get Illinois tennis into a Final Four.

Even with all that time to prepare, the Illinois men's tennis coach didn't know how to react Sunday when it finally happened.

Illini, Patrick slam door on season

CHAMPAIGN – It was a performance that tested Sean Patrick's memory and belied his reputation as a sure-armed, singles-hitting catcher.

"I can't remember the last time I had two errors in one game, but again, I couldn't remember the last time I had a grand slam," he said. "I guess one might outweigh the other just a little bit more."