NORMAL — Jaelyn Keene and Courtney Pence took home All-Missouri Valley Conference First-Team honors while Stef Jankiewicz was named the MVC Freshman of the Year as the league announced its annual postseason awards on Thursday at Redbird Arena.
Keene becomes only the second ISU player to be named to the first team four times and, along with former Redbird Ashley Rosch (2012-2015), is one of only seven players to accomplish the feat in league history.
The senior middle blocker from Jacksonville posted career-high totals in kills (458) and attacks (1,047) in 2017.
Pence earned all-MVC accolades for the third straight year. It was her second consecutive year to receive first team honors.
A junior libero from Springfield, Pence ranked among the top defensive players in the nation this season, leading the MVC and ranking second nationally in digs (722) and digs per set (6.22). She was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week five times during the 2017 season, bringing her career total to 10, an MVC record.
Jankiewicz, a setter from Farmington Hills, Mich., led the Redbirds and ranked second in the Valley in both total assists (1,266) and assists per set (10.91). She is one of only four players in league history to be named MVC Freshman of the Week five times. She twice topped 60 assists in a single match and posted 16 double-doubles in her first collegiate season.