The 2000 volleyball season ended in fitting fashion for Illinois coach Don Hardin.
One of the toughest seasons in recent history ended with a five-game loss to Big Ten foe Indiana at Huff Hall on Saturday night.
They awoke at 5:30 a.m. and unlike holiday shoppers, their day was done by noon. For Theresa Grentz's Illini, Friday was a short but productive day.
The Illinois women's basketball team, taking the court at 9:30 a.m. local time in the inaugural Maui Invitational, rode an up-and-down wave past outmanned Alcorn State 73-56 to advance to today's tasty matchup against No. 2 Tennessee.
Penn State's eighth-ranked Nittany Lions shook off strong performances by Illinois' Shadia Haddad and Betsy Spicer on Friday, posting a 15-10, 15-5, 15-7 volleyball victory at Huff Hall.
Illinois led 8-4 in the opening game, but Penn State chipped away behind Mishka Levy (16 kills) and Katie Schumacher (12 kills), sister of Illinois linebacker Jerry Schumacher.
Want to see the state football finals this weekend on television? Sure hope you have cable. Or an antenna that would make NASA envious.
You also might want to have the remote control handy. Finding the games won't be easy.
LAHAINA, Hawaii – Throughout 17 second-half minutes of offensive frustration, and right through a furious rally that fell short (79-76) against top-ranked Arizona, one question begged for an answer:
What has happened to Illini stalwart Cory Bradford?
LAHAINA, Hawaii – Frank Williams' best move Wednesday night wasn't a three-point shot, a drive to the basket or even a steal.
It came seconds after Arizona's 79-76 win in the championship game when the UI sophomore chased down teammates Sergio McClain and Cory Bradford and told them shake hands with the Wildcats.
Both players were headed to the locker room after the emotion-draining loss.
LAHAINA, Hawaii – They didn't win their first Maui Invitational.
But in the process of coming mighty close, the Illini discovered the gap between themselves and the country's No. 1 team isn't as wide as some people expected. The turkey and stuffing on today's plate are farther apart.
"We took the No. 1 team in the country," UI forward Damir Krupalija said. "We don't have to prove ourselves to anyone."