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Illinois State libero Courtney Pence has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, the league announced Monday.

The honor is the ninth of Pence’s career, matching the Valley record for defensive player of the week shared by Northern Iowa’s Ellie Blankeship from 2007-10.

A junior, Pence had a match-high 37 digs in the Redbirds’ five-set win over No. 25 Northern Iowa on Friday. The next night she registered 29 digs in a three-set loss to Drake. Pence averaged averaged 8.25 digs per set for the weekend.

She leads the NCAA in total digs (625) and is second among all Division I players in digs per set (6.25). Pence earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice as a freshman and three times as a sophomore.


Football pair honored: Illinois Wesleyan’s Eric Dubose and Anthony Sciarini were selected as College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Football Players of the Week on Monday.

Dubose, a junior linebacker, was named the Defensive Player of the Week after recording a team-high eight tackles (four solo), 4.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks during a 47-15 win at Elmhurst on Saturday. Dubose also blocked an extra-point attempt against the Bluejays.

Sciarini, a senior kicker, was honored for special teams after going 5-of-5 on PATs against Elmhurst. He connected on four PATs in the second half, including three in the fourth quarter.

IWU (8-1) remained at No. 11 in the AFCA Division III coaches poll released Monday. The Titans were the highest ranking CCIW team. IWU also was ranked 11th in Sunday's Top 25 poll.


Two net football awards: Eureka College junior running back LeAnthony Reasnover has been named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and junior defensive tackle Macae Skaggs has received the league's weekly defensive honor, the league announced Monday.

The duo led EC to a 40-34 UMAC win over St. Scholastica on Saturday at McKinzie Field. Reasnover carried 53 times for 355 yards, a single-game Eureka rushing record. He ended the day with 3,556 career yards to break the career rushing record and increased his 2017 total to 1,582, also setting a school record.

Skaggs registered nine total tackles. He had 2.5 tackles loss, a pass breakup at the line of scrimmage late and two sacks on the same series late in the second quarter.


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