Illinois State's Jill Hutchison, Linda Herman and Kristi Cirone will be recognized on March 9 at the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s 25th Celebration Brunch at Moline.

They will be among the guests of honor for their accomplishments as the Valley celebrates the 25th anniversary of women’s sports.

The event will be at the TaxSlayer Conference Center in Moline with breakfast to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling Beth Harding at 309-438-3636.

Cirone was selected to the women's basketball MVC 25-Year Team. She was a three-time All-MVC, three-time Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and two-time MVC all-tourney selection. She is third on MVC all-time scoring list and a 2009 All-American.

Hutchison spent 28 seasons (1970-73, 1974-99) as head coach of the Redbirds with a record of 461-323, including nine 20-win seasons. ISU made 16 national postseason tournament appearances during her tenure.

Herman served ISU for more than 30 years, first as head volleyball coach and later as senior woman administrator and interim director of athletics. She is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and MVC Hall of Fame.

Keene repeats as volleyball MVP: Senior middle hitter Jaelyn Keene was named the Linda Herman Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year on the Illinois State volleyball team.

Keene earned all-Missouri Valley Conference first-team honors for the fourth year in a row. She led ISU in kills (503), attacks (1,156), hitting percentage (.326), aces (43) and blocks (131).

Freshman setter Stef Jankiewicz was named Most Improved Player. She became ISU's seventh MVC Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, was named a member of the six-player MVC All-Freshman Team, and was selected to the All-MVC Second Team.

Lexi Varga, a junior, won the Kelly Meisner Courage Award, while senior Elianna Lovejoy earned the Kristin Kueltzo Inspiration Award for the third time in her career.


Men 14th, women 17th in poll: The IWU men's basketball team jumped four spots to No. 14 nationally in this week's poll released on Monday. The Titans (16-3, 9-1) will be seeking their ninth straight win when they square off with No. 9 Augustana in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin showdown Wednesday at Rock Island.

The IWU women remained ranked 17th after defeating North Park on Saturday for their 15th straight win. The Titans (17-2, 10-0) hope to remain undefeated in CCIW play when they host Augustana on Wednesday.


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