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The Illinois State volleyball team swept its third and final match of the Wildcat Classic on Saturday as the Redbirds topped Arizona to win the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record at Tucson, Ariz.

All three matches were sweeps, including Saturday’s 27-25, 25-12, 25-23 win over Arizona (6-3).

ISU’s Lexi Wallen was named the tournament’s most valuable player while Courtney Pence and Stef Jankiewicz were all-tournament selections.

Wallen led the Redbirds in the win over Arizona with a match-high 15 kills and 14 digs. Machayla Leonard added 14 kills while Jankiewicz dished out 43 assists and Pence had 15 digs.

“I am very proud of the consistency with which we played,” said ISU coach Leah Johnson, whose team improved to 7-6. “We are finding our true team identity and trusting it. It was the best back-to-back performances we’ve put together and we’ll keep building from here.”


Men run 6th, women 8th: The IWU men's cross country team finished sixth (168) in the 14-team Gil Dodds Invitational hosted by Wheaton College in Warrenville. The Titan women were eighth (222) among 13 teams.

Washington (Mo.) swept the men's (21) and women's (22) titles.

Max Crowninshield led the IWU men in 24th on the 8K course in 26:52. Jillian Cole paced the Titan women in 33rd, running 6K in 24:14.

Women's golfers 8th, 9th: The IWU women's golf teams were eighth and ninth among 16 teams in the opening round of the IWU Fall Classic at Ironwood Golf Course.

Melanie Wolf shot a 77 to lead the IWU "B" team to a round of 319. Rylie Loux also carded a 77 to pace the Titans' "A" team to a 321.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Wisconsin-Whitewater each shot a 304 to lead the field. Vidushi Sinha of Grinnell shot a 71 to top individuals. The tourney ends on Sunday.

Women's soccer falls: The IWU women's soccer team fell to No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis, 2-0.

Flower Edington registered three shots on goal for the Titans (4-2-0). The Bears (5-0-0) received goals from Jesse Rubin and Kelly Von Zup. IWU goalie Kelli McCarthy had four saves.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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