Illinois State volleyball player Kaylee Martin has been honored with the Missouri Valley Conference’s Player of the Week award, the league announced Monday.
It was a career weekend for Martin, a junior who had 49 kills to average 5.44 per set in a pair of road wins. She had a match-high 24 kills on .259 hitting in a comeback win over Valparaiso.
On Saturday, she had a four-set career-high 25 kills against Loyola on .269 hitting. She also had four of ISU’s six service aces.
CCIW tabs Schumacher: Illinois Wesleyan sophomore Keondre Schumacher, a University High graduate, has been named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin's basketball Player of the Week.
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Schumacher led the Titans to a 2-1 record by averaging a team-best 21.7 points per contest. He shot 69.7 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from 3-point range. Schumacher scored a career-high 26 points in a win over Alma, sinking 10 of 14 shots, including four 3-pointers. He also had five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.
Schumacher and the Titans play the University of Chicago on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Chicago.
Sosa nets CCIW honor: IWU junior Kendall Sosa, a former Normal Community standout, was named the CCIW Player of the Week for women's basketball. Sosa was voted the St. Norbert Tipoff Tournament's Most Valuable Player over the weekend.
Sosa led IWU to a 3-0 record for the week, averaging 24.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 1.7 assists per game. She shot 51.1 percent of her field goal attempts, including 50 percent of 3-pointers. For the season, she is averaging 25.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals. Her 103 points lead Division III.
Sosa and the Titans play at Wisconsin-Whitewater at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Murphy takes league award: IWU junior defensive lineman Mike Murphy was named the CCIW Defensive Player of the Week.
Murphy helped the Titans limit North Park to minus-107 rushing yards. IWU saw nine players combine for 15 sacks and a 25 tackles for loss, both school records. Murphy had 4.5 sacks, tying a mark set by Jeff Heinzl in the 2000 season to push his season total to 16, the second-most in IWU history. He totaled seven tackles, five for losses, and a forced fumble.