Illinois State’s Jaelyn Keene is of 10 NCAA Division I volleyball student-athletes selected as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Thursday.

Fan voting is open for the award at Fans can vote for up to three finalists every day until voting closes Dec. 4. Fan voting accounts for one-third of the selection process.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award requires a student-athlete to be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition.

A senior middle blocker, Keene is a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference First-Team and AVCA All-Region selection. She ranks at or near the top of several Illinois State and MVC all-time lists.

She has a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average as an accounting major. She was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection each of the past two years and an Academic All-America Second-Team selection in 2016.

Keene has been active in Special Olympics, Curb Birds, Recess Buddies, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, Taste of Redbirds and local food drives. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced in December.


Brown, Williams earn all-region: Illinois Wesleyan juniors Tyler Brown and Maddie Williams, both Normal West graduates, were named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region recipients.

Heading into NCAA regional play, Brown has team-highs of 390 kills and 491 digs. Williams leads the Titans with a .298 hitting percentage with 200 kills in 460 attempts. She has 22 solo blocks with 75 block assists for a total of 97.

Crabtree nets honor: IWU sophomore defender Ellie Crabtree has been elected to the Academic All-District 7 Division III women's soccer team and will be on the ballot for the Academic All-America Team.

District 7 includes players from Division III schools in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Crabtree has a 3.87 grade-point average as a biology (pre-med) major. She has two goals and one assist as a top defender for the 16-4 Titans, who play Centre on Saturday a first-round Division III Tournament match at Ada, Ohio.


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