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Illinois State volleyball sweeps past Northern Iowa to win Missouri Valley Tournament, earn NCAA berth

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Illinois State's volleyball team turned a showdown for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship into a showcase on Saturday at the McLeod Center.

Led by tournament Most Valuable Player Stef Jankiewicz with 40 assists, 10 digs and five blocks, the third-seeded Redbirds routed top-seeded Northern Iowa, 25-21, 25-16, 25-19 in the title match.

The victory sends ISU (22-11) into the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and the 15th time in school history. The Redbirds learn their first-round pairing during the NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU at 7:30 p.