University of Illinois volleyball team members line up Thursday around the circle drive on the east side of the State Farm Center to wave at Illini Networkers members during a car parade to salute the players. Illinois volleyball fans got their first look at the team Thursday — albeit in a s…

Celebrating her birthday on Sunday is former Illinois volleyball superstar Colleen Ward Barone. An All-American in each of her two seasons — first-team in 2011 and second-team in 2010 — her efforts helped lead Illinois to the national championship match during her senior campaign.

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'It is going to be very, very disappointing to our student-athletes who are here to compete as well as for our fans who have been so very, very supportive to our athletic programs over the years,' Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones said

Top moments? Top performances? There were plenty of them. Beat writer Scott Richey highlights the best and brightest teams, coaches and athletes from the past 12 months on the Illinois athletics scene — and also looks ahead to what is sure to be an unprecedented year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Illinois athletics beat writer Scott Richey weighs in with his marks for all 19 Illini teams during the 2019-20 season