What to do on a Fighting Illini football -less Saturday? We’ve got a couple of victorious fall sports to celebrate!
But a late-season flourish — and a run to the Big Ten tournament title match — has Janet Rayfield’s hard-charging bunch wanting more.
“We’d love to host (a first-round match),” senior midfielder Marissa Mykines said. “Every win gets us closer to where we want to be.”
So this is shaping up to be the best Illini soccer season since the Elite Eight in ’04. Maybe that mojo can rub off on some of the other Illinois sports
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team improved to 1-2 on the season, downing Michigan State, 155.5-144.5, at McCaffree Pool Friday night. The Illini claimed victories in six events, including the 400 free relay to clinch the meet, which was tied entering the final event.
“Typically our competitions with Michigan State are very close and very tightly matched, and this one was no different,” Illini head coach Sue Novitsky said.
The Swimming Illini used a little depth (no pun intended) to edge the Spartans. Their record improves to 1-2 on the year. If anyone’s in Chicago, they’ve got a meet a 1pm today at UIC. Get there and get wet!
And although that’s not what ultimately sold highly-touted freshman Liz McMahon on the Illini during the recruiting process, it sure did help.
Let’s just say McMahon is a big fan of pickles.
“I really, really love them,” McMahon told me this week with a laugh.
In fact, in 2008, McMahon won the title of Pickle Lover of the Year when her family submitted her name and story about her love of pickles to Del Monte and the Gedney Pickle Company during a contest the companies sponsored during National Pickle Week.
Pickle Lover of the Year? That’s some dirty recruiting by Hambly and associates. Pretty awesome story about the seedy (pun intended) of big-time volleyball recruiting.
oint guard Sam Maniscalco is no longer wearing a walking boot for his injured ankle and is expected to play 8-12 minutes in Monday’s final exhibition game against Quincy, Weber said Friday on a teleconference.
Good to hear. In other news, Langford’s prognosis has improved; he’s now expected back in 3 weeks as opposed to 4-6! The Illini need all the bodies they can get at this point.
Bertrand (1) Injury must have had an effect, looked a little disjointed out there, though he seems more comfortable than last year, with a couple of nice feeds. Also played some pretty good defense, forcing a couple of turnovers (+31)
All this and more….plus/minus for every scholarship player who appeared. Yeah, I know I’m tricky.