Poulter, Spillane take Eddleman honors for Illini

Poulter, Spillane take Eddleman honors for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Jordyn Poulter and Bren Spillane joined an illustrious club on Thursday.

Spillane, whose career season at Illinois resulted in him becoming the program's highest-ever position player selection in the MLB Draft, and Poulter, a driving force in the Illini volleyball team's trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last fall, became the latest receipients of the Dike Eddleman Awards.

Spillane was named the Illini male athlete of the year, while Poulter was the program's female athlete of the year.

Spillane put together perhaps the best season in program history, leading the Big Ten in batting average (.389), slugging percentage (.903), on-base percentage (.498), OPS (1.401), home runs (23), RBI (60) and total bases (158).

Poulter, an AVCA third-team All-American, ranked second on the Illini in blocks (116) and digs (306).

While Spillane will be joining the professional ranks with the Cincinnatti Reds, Poulter returns for her senior campaign as the Illini look to improve upon their 23-11 mark in Chris Tamas' first season at the helm.

Fahey signs two. Illinois women's basketball coach Nancy Fahey announced the additions of graduate transfer Sarah Shewan and freshman Carolyn Waleski on Thursday. Both will be eligible to play this season.

Shewan, a 6-foot-2 forward, averaged 13.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season for Quinnipiac. Waleski, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Frankfort, played last season at Lincoln-Way East.