The Fighting Illini men's golf team climbed to the No. 1 spot in a poll, women's golf earned a tournament win, volleyball split two matches, and soccer fell on the road. We bring you the results of the last week's Illini match-ups.
The Illini golf team was ranked No. 1 by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Friday. It is the first time the team has taken the top spot.
With a 53, the Illini topped Big Ten foe Iowa by 17 strokes to repeat as Thomason Invite champions. Gattone (76-74-76) tied with Lena Gautier of Northern Illinois (79-72-75) with a 226 for first-place, while Stephanie Miller (77-80-73) tied for fifth with a 230.
For the first time this season No. 19 Illinois dropped consecutive games with a 2-0 loss at Northwestern. Senior Janelle Flaws saw her five straight game scoring streak end too. The Illini are now 9-4-0 and 4-3-0 in the Big Ten.
The No. 16 Illini defeated No. 18 Minnesota, 3-0 (25-22, 32-30, 25-19) for their seven straight win on Wednesday. The 2013 NCAA Runner-Up No. 6 Wisconsin handed the Illini their first home loss of the season on Saturday, 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 11-15, 25-23). The Illini are now 11-4 and 3-1 in the Big Ten. Saturday's game also broke a Huff Hall crowd record with 4,536 fans in attendance.
The Illini runners finished in 12th-place with 378 points, while Big Ten rival Wisconsin took the team title. Brendan McDonnell (24:59.85) and Liam Markham (25:03.3) finished in 49th and 55th in the eight-kilometer race for their season debut. Garrett Lee (25:10.22) was third into the chute for the Illini in 63rd place, Alex Gold (25:22.58, 78th), Alex Notton (26:06.3, 156th) and Ryan Burgoon (26:16.4) rounded out the Illini field among the 250 runners.
Tim Kopinski picked up two wins before falling to No. 1 ranked Julian Lenz in the round of 16 in singles play at the ITA Men's All-American Championships. Kopinski and Ross Guignon reached the finals in the doubles consolation bracket and fell to Austin Gonzales and Rhys Johnson of Vanderbilt for the second straight year. The Illini duo earned two victories over Virginia Tech and North Florida teams then fell to TCU's Nick Chappell and Will Stein 6-1, 6-3.
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