Illinois State libero Courtney Pence has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week for a record 10th time in her career, breaking the previous mark of nine set by Northern Iowa’s Ellie Blankenship, the league announced Monday.
Pence, a junior, earned the weekly honor for the fifth time this season and the second week in a row. She also was the MVC Defensive Player of the Week twice as a freshman in 2015 and three times as a sophomore in 2016. Blankenship earned her nine weekly awards between 2017-10.
Pence helped ISU post a 2-0 record in Missouri Valley play this past week with sweeps over Valparaiso and Loyola. Pence averaged 7.50 digs per set over the two-match road stretch, while adding seven assists and five aces, including four in the win at Loyola to match her career high.
Pence leads the Valley in total digs (670) and digs per set (6.32), ranking second among all NCAA Division I players in each category.
Illinois State (17-11, 10-5 MVC) is back in action Saturday with a 7 p.m. match against Bradley at Peoria.
Pair nets soccer honors: The Mid West Athletic Conference (MWAC) has named Heartland Community College's Jonathan Titzel as Coach of the Year and the Hawks' Matheus Giron as Freshman of the Year.
Titzel is in his second year as Heartland head coach. The Hawks tied for most wins in a season (8) and second-most goals scored in a season (39).
“I appreciate all the hard work my coaching staff and players put in to enable the award,” said Titzel. “This team is a quality group so it was nice to have the collective output get noticed by my coaching peers."
Giron, a Sao Paulo, Brazil native, finished sixth in MWAC goals scored, ninth in MWAC points and third in MWAC shots on goal percentage.
Reasnover honored again: Eureka College junior running back LeAnthony Reasnover has earned his third straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award.
Reasnover ran for 252 yards and broke his own school record with seven rushing touchdowns in a 63-26 victory at Martin Luther that clinched the league's outright championship. He leads NCAA Division III with 1,834 rushing yards, 192 points, 32 total touchdowns and 31 rushing touchdowns.