Tyler Brown and Rachel Burkman each had 15 kills as Illinois Wesleyan stayed perfect in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and won its 10th straight match with a 21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-12 victory over Augustana on Friday at Rock Island.
No. 13-ranked IWU, which improved to 15-5 overall and 6-0 in the CCIW, also received 31 assists from Leah Seielstad and 15 assists from Madi Corey. Brown had 20 digs, while Jessica McCall chipped in 14. Corey had two aces for the Titans.
Augustana fell to 12-11 and 2-3, respectively.
Blanco leads cross country team: Freshman Matt Blanco, competing in the men's 8K Red Race, led Illinois State with a personal-best 25 minutes, 41.50 seconds in the Bradley Pink Classic at Peoria.
Blanco placed 64th among 273 runners in the cold, wet conditions. Sophomore Jake Gillum (26:00.60) placed 93rd for ISU, followed by senior Ethan Kirk (26:19.30), junior Thomas Thornton (26:27.70) and sophomore Colton Bell (26:41.10).
The Redbird women were led by junior Rachel Hoffman, who clocked 22:52.30 in the first 6K of her career. Next for ISU were senior Lesly Rocha (23:16.70) and freshman Maddi Exline (25:06.50).
Farley-Sepe paces swimmers: Kierston Farley-Sepe won three individuals events for Illinois State as Indiana State downed the Redbirds, 164.5-135.5, in a dual swimming and diving meet at Terre Haute, Ind.
Farley-Sepe earned firsts in the 200- (2 minutes, 4.23 seconds) and 100-yard butterfly (57.52), as well as the 500 freestyle (5:08.39). Following Farley-Sepe was Jensen Keck, who captured firsts in the 100 (1:04.92) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.07).
Basketball to play Arizona: The University of Illinois announced Friday it has signed a two-year contract with Arizona for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. The Illini play at Tucson on Nov. 10, 2019, with the Wildcats coming to Champaign on Dec. 12, 2020.
"Since I came to Illinois in March 2017 I've talked about the importance of playing a great schedule," Illini coach Brad Underwood said. "It's a win-win for everyone; these are the types of games that players want to play in, recruits want to be part of and fans want to watch and attend."