Senior star Jaelyn Keene's career-high 29 kills Saturday night led Illinois State's volleyball team to a come-from-behind five-set win over Valparaiso in Missouri Valley Conference action at Redbird Arena.

Keene had a .392 hitting percentage as ISU prevailed, 19-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-12. Machayla Leonard added 10 kills and Ella Francis nine for the Redbirds (11-9, 4-3).

Courtney Pence had a team-high 23 digs. Freshman Stef Jankiewicz handed out 60 assists and also had 15 digs. Keene added six blocks and six digs.

Valparaiso (9-9, 2-4) was led by Taylor Graboski's 21 kills.

LaFayette leads soccer win: University High graduate Sarah LaFayette scored twice to spark the Illinois State soccer team to a 3-0 victory over visiting Evansville.

LaFayette scored at the 7:09 mark off an assist from Kelli Zickert, who scored herself at the 65:19 mark off a corner kick. LaFayette ended the scoring with her fourth goal of the season at the 70:59 mark off an assist from Britta Paganucci.

The Redbirds improved to 7-5-2 overall and 1-1-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Evansville fell to 4-9-0 and 0-3-0.

Tennis team nets 7 wins: The ISU women’s tennis team captured seven wins on day one of the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships at the Bloomington Tennis Center. The Redbirds went 5-1 in singles and 2-1 in doubles. 

ISU's Veronika Golanova and Jelena Karla Vujicic defeated Missouri State's Alye Darter and Ellie Burger in flight one doubles, 8-7, 7-3, to advance to Sunday's semifinal against Drake’s Tess Herder and Summer Brills.

ISU's Valerija Gercar and Laura Fitzgerald topped Missouri State’s Alexia Meyer and Fati Khamissi, 8-2, and will take on Drake's Joely Lomas and Mela Jaglarz in the semis.

In singles, Golanova, Vujicic, Kustkova and Mihaleva all won. Sunday’s play begins at 9 a.m. at the Gregory Street Tennis courts in Normal, weather permitting.

Swimming tops IWU, Lewis: The ISU swim team set a pair of Lewis Pool records while winning a double dual at Romeoville, beating Illinois Wesleyan, 172-31, and Lewis, 166-39.

Jensen Keck set a pool record of 1:05.36 in the 100-yard breaststroke. The 200 medley relay team of Maia Cain, Morgan Clark, Keck and Karley Licking also set a pool record with a 1:48.87 clocking. Licking and Morgan Rosser won two individual events each.

Women's golf ties for 15th: ISU's women's golf team shot rounds of 323 and 318 to finish in a tie for 15th place in the 16-team Bettie Lou Evans Invitational at Lexington, Ky.

The Redbirds had a 54-hole total of 951 to tie Ball State. Notre Dame won with 872. ISU's top finisher was Tatum King in a tie for 48th place with a 76-79-233.


Women's golf wins CCIW: The Illinois Wesleyan women's golf team won its third straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championship after Saturday's third and final round was rained out at Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago.

The Titans ended with a 633 total to win easily over Carthage (653). IWU's Jordan Koehler took second place individually with a 157 total. The winner was Carthage's Sarah Lyman, a University High School graduate who finished at 149.

IWU's Jackie Garcia (78-158) and Melanie Wolf (79-158) tied for third. The Titans' Patrick Freeman won his third straight CCIW Coach of the Year honor and his team earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship on May 8-11 at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Volleyball wins 12th straight: Tyler Brown had nine kills and 21 digs as IWU's volleyball team won its school-record setting 12th straight match, 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 over Augustana at Rock Island.

Kyleigh Block added seven kills and 15 digs for No. 13-ranked IWU (14-4, 4-0 CCIW). The Titans were led in assists by Kira Jackson (18) and Caitlin Meyer (13). Rachel Burkman added 16 digs.

Maier keys men's soccer: Mason Maier scored in the second overtime to lift the IWU men's soccer team to a 3-2 CCIW win over visiting Elmhurst.

Ben Nielsen assisted on Maier's game-winner as IWU improved to 7-4-1 and 2-1 in the CCIW. Nielsen also scored one of the Titans' goals in regulation, with Keagan James netting the other. Patrick Hickey and Jack Dilger had assists.

IWU goalkeeper Alex Ruckstaetter made five saves.

Edington lifts women's soccer: Flower Edington scored in overtime on a header off a free kick to give the No. 21-ranked IWU women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over visiting Elmhurst.

Rachel Westerkamp assisted on Edington's goal, which boosted IWU's record to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the CCIW. Edington also had an unassisted goal in the second half to tie the match at 1-1. Elmhurst (7-3, 2-2) led 1-0 at the half on a goal by Megan Mrazek. IWU goalkeeper Kelli McCarthy made six saves.


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