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Illinois News: Illini ready for first real test on Saturday against North Carolina

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Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

"Illinois has been dominant in the first two games after experiencing preseason adversity, but the competition gets much tougher against host North Carolina on Saturday."

- WYFF News 4

Illinois will get its first true test of the season this Saturday when it travels to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in what should be a great game. Illinois has outscored its first two opponents 96-3, and the stingy Illini defense has yet to allow a touchdown; it also has five interceptions on the young season.

Now is the chance to see Illinois Football for what it really is. Will the offense stay hot and the defense stay solid in a hostile environment against tougher competition, or will the Illini fail to put up a good fight down south? Either way, this game will be a great to judge just how well the rest of the season might go.

"Beth Prince had about 30 seconds to let the ankle injury she suffered during the final practice before Illinois’ Orange and Blue Scrimmage send her down the path of 'Oh, no, not again.' Four weeks later, Prince is back on the court for the Illini."

- Scott Richey, The News-Gazette

Illinois volleyball's Beth Prince has suffered from various foot and ankle injuries in the past, and although she went down with another one at the beginning of this year's season, she is relieved to be back to contribute. Unfortunately, the timing of her injury didn't give her the opportunity to compete for a vital spot in the starting rotation. A minor setback, her ankle injury has forced her to recover rather than compete.

The freshman Prince will talk with her coaches to determine the best plan for action. While she hopes to find a spot in the starting rotation as the season progresses, she may decide to redshirt if it's in the best interest for her and the team. The Illini will travel to Tempe, Arizona this weekend to play in their final non-conference tournament of the season.