Who's that Illini?

In 1991-92, after my freshman season on the women's tennis team, I was named the UI's Female Newcomer of the Year. A year later, I was named the team's most improved player, and as a senior I went 26-10 in doubles, putting me in the top 10 of the school's single-season list.

Illini athlete back on court after medical adventure

CHAMPAIGN – Like other volleyball players, Rasa Virsilaite has experienced her share of heart-pounding moments on the court.

And far too many of them away from the gym, too.

Classic confrontations

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth takes a look at the field for the 22nd annual State Farm Illini Classic volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday at Huff Hall:

Tony Bleill's Illini Q&A

This week's guest: Brianna Knue.

Bob Asmussen's Insider

News-Gazette beat writer Bob Asmussen's weekly look at the game he loves:

Warren airs concerns about flight to Cal

CHAMPAIGN – For DaJuan Warren, getting to Saturday's game at California might be the greatest challenge.

Before last season's trip to Wisconsin, the Illinois receiver never had been on an airplane. And he wasn't eager to get on one.

Who's that Illini?

I led the UI women's volleyball team in attack percentage in 1995 and '96. I was an academic All-Big Ten honoree in '96, the same season I earned first team All-Big Ten honors. In 1997, I was named the Illinois Female Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.

Tate: Pain, pain go away

Perception being reality, the Big Ten can't absorb a more devastating blow to the football reputation than what happened last weekend.

What can be worse than the three top-rated teams – Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa – losing their only showdown games of their non-conference schedules?

Illinois facing long odds at California

CHAMPAIGN – The oddsmakers have spoken. Illinois is an underdog for the first time this season. A big underdog.

California is considered 21 points better than Illinois at most Las Vegas casinos.

McPhearson making his pitch to play

CHAMPAIGN – A college football career delayed two games by injury could be starting as early as Saturday. Against the nation's No. 15-ranked team.

Illinois freshman receiver Derrick McPhearson continued to increase his practice workload Monday. Recovering from a broken leg suffered during the summer, McPhearson definitely will travel with the team to California.