Van Deventer Claims Third-Straight Weekly Valley Honor
Abby Van Deventer

Abby Van Deventer

Nov. 4, 2013

Weekly Valley Release

ST. LOUIS - Sophomore back Abby Van Deventer is the MVC Defensive Player of the Week for the third-straight week, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. The award is the fourth for Van Deventer this season, and 12th given by the Valley to a Redbird.

Van Deventer's efforts at center back keyed a defensive unit that surrendered just one goal, which didn't come in the run of play, in a 3-1 win at Missouri State, Thursday. Van Deventer played all 90 minutes in the victory, frequently clearing balls out of the ISU penalty area. She has now played all 90 minutes in 13-straight games, a stretch during which the Redbirds are 10-3 and have allowed just 0.85 goals per game.

Top-seeded ISU (12-6-0) will begin the quest for its third-straight MVC Tournament title in a semifinal match against fifth-seeded and tournament-host Evansville (9-5-4), Friday at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will square off against either No. 2-seed Indiana State or No. 6-seed Drake in Sunday's championship match. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.