CHAMPAIGN — Big Ten volleyball is shaping up to be as competitive as ever this fall. Case in point, Illinois coming in at No. 14 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll but still fifth when it comes to Big Ten teams. That held true in the Big Ten preseason poll released Tuesday.
Cissna Park Tip-Off
At Cissna Park
■ Armstrong-Potomac 2, Christ Lutheran 0. Holley Hambleton had two kills and eight digs and Madi Gayheart contributed nine assists and nine digs for the Trojans in their 25-12, 25-8 win.
We asked the Illinois football players 10 questions about their likes and dislikes. We will publish their responses each day leading up to the opener against Murray State on Sept. 3. Today’s guests ...
Defensive back Caleb Day ...
Will the Cubs win the World Series?
Not a fan ... maybe.
CHAMPAIGN — For the first time this month, the Illinois football team has Saturday off.
“You kind of just lose track of days over camp,” Illinois offensive lineman Gabe Megginson said after Tuesday’s workout. “Some of the guys are like, ‘Is (the opener) this Saturday?’ ”
The Illini don’t play their first game until Sept. 3 against Murray State.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — As the one-year anniversary of his firing at Illinois approaches, Tim Beckman has a new gig.
North Carolina officials confirmed Tuesday that Beckman is a volunteer assistant on Larry Fedora’s staff.
The Tar Heels play at Memorial Stadium in a prime-time game on Sept. 10.
No word yet on whether Beckman will be a part of the travel party.
CHAMPAIGN — Ben Sankey had two bags for much of his 20s, and in those bags sat all of his belongings.
A call could come at any time that changed his life, whether that be a call to the coaches’ office or the ringing of his cellphone, telling him he’d been traded or a team was interested in his services. He had to remain ready.
Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis breaks down some of the area’s top setters this season:
Mica Allison, Jr., St. Thomas More – The 6-foot Auburn commit ranks as one of the top setters in the nation. While splitting her time between hitter and setter last season, she piled up 356 kills at 4.14 per set.
Michael, Spartans set sights on postseason run
ST. JOSEPH — While her father, Tom Michael, makes the daily commute from St. Joseph to Eastern Illinois University every day for his job as athletic director, Kylie Michael doesn’t frequent Charleston nearly as much.