Illinois State's men's golf team placed four players in the top 10 Tuesday while winning the 16-team Firestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio.

The Redbirds had a 54-hole total of 859 on the par-72 Firestone Country Club North Course to edge Cincinnati by one stroke. Trent Wallace led the Redbirds in third place, shooting 75 Tuesday to end with a 214 total. He finished six shots behind medalist Austin Squires of Cincinnati (72-208).

Others Redbirds in the top 10 were Zach Burry (72-215) and Andrew O'Brien (72-215) in a tie for fourth, with David Perkins (76-216) in a tie for 10th.

Women finish 10th: ISU's women's golf team shot 302 in each of the final two rounds Tuesday to finish 10th in the 14-team Johnie Imes Invitational at Columbia, Mo. ISU had a 54-hole total of 906. Missouri won with an 861.

ISU was led by Kiley Walsh, who tied for 19th with a 72-71-78-221.

Keene candidate for CLASS Award: Illinois State’s Jaelyn Keene has been named one of 30 NCAA Division I volleyball players selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

A senior middle blocker, Keene is a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference First-Team and AVCA All-Region selection. She has a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average as an accounting major and was a CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team selection in 2016.

Mattes earns Valley honor: ISU's Kyle Mattes has been named the Missouri Valley's male cross country athlete of the week. Mattes placed 42nd among 279 runners with a time of 24:29.58, four seconds off his career best, Saturday in the 8K Gold Race at the Greater Louisville Classic.


Volleyball up to No. 13: The Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team (12-4) improved to No. 13 in this week's American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, the highest ranking ever by an IWU volleyball team. The Titans were No. 16 last week. 

Women's soccer prevails: Cameron Hindel scored two goals to lead IWU to a 5-1 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin women's soccer win over North Park at Chicago. Jordan Ellerbrock, Flower Edington and Rachel Schneider also scored for IWU (9-2, 2-0).

Schneider, Rachel Westerkamp and Rosie Pettenuzzo had assists.

CCIW tabs O'Donnell: IWU's Clare O’Donnell was selected as the CCIW women’s cross country Athlete of the Week. The senior was the Titans’ top finisher at Millikin’s H.W. Wright Classic, placing eighth in her first race of the season with a 6K time of 23:27.24.

Crabtree earns nod: IWU's Ellie Crabtree was the defensive selection among the CCIW's players of the week for women's soccer. Crabtree keyed a Titans' defense that held down Carroll in a 1-0 victory Saturday. IWU also shut out DePauw in the second half of a 4-3 triumph last Wednesday.


Jensen makes it three straight: Tri-Valley graduate Jessica Jensen, a sophomore at William Woods University, has been named the American Midwest Conference volleyball Defender of the Week for the third week in a row. Jensen had 38 digs in the Owls 3-0 sweeps over Williams Baptist (Ark.) and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.).


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