The Big Ten conference announced their postseason awards on Wednesday. The conference honored 36 student-athletes on the All-Big Ten first and second teams, a nine-player All-Defensive Team, four individual award winners, and 12 Sportsmanship Award honorees.
Two Illinois Fighting Illini players took home some postseason hardware as Kylie Johnson and Jenna Mychko were honored. Johnson was named to the the All-Big Ten Second Team while Mychko received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
This past season, Johnson played in 43 games (started 35) for the Illini at right field and designated player. She led the team with a .380 batting average and is at the top in triples in the Big Ten with three in conference play.
For Mychko, this was the second-straight year that she has been honored by the conference with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. She was just one of two seniors on this Illini team and helped out with the young pitching staff.
Per fightingillini.com, head coach Terri Sullivan had this to say about Jenna’s second straight honor:
“Jenna is a coach’s dream. She is coachable, dedicated, enthusiastic, a superb leader, and represents Illinois with great pride and honor. Both Jenna and Kylie are ready to do whatever it takes for TEAM success this weekend.”
The Fighting Illini’s next game will be tomorrow’s first round game of the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois earned the 9th seed in the tournament and will play the 8th seeded Iowa Hawkeyes on tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. (CST).
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