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The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Panthers of the Week: Elijawah Tolbert, Giovana Larregui López

The male Panther of the Week is junior linebacker Elijawah Tolbert from the football team. 

“Go Panthers!” Linebacker Elijawah Tolbert said as he finishes his interview with WEIU after their victory against Indiana State. The Panthers won 27-0 against the Sycamores Thursday night. (Ashanti Thomas)

Tolbert tied his career high tackles of 11 against Indiana State University. He also had an interception and forced the first fumble of his college career. 

With about four minutes left in the second quarter Tolbert forced a fumble after a completed pass by Indiana State. The fumble was recovered by fifth year senior defensive back Russell Dandy. 

With about a minute and a half left in the fourth quarter Tolbert intercepted a pass and returned it for one yard. 

Tolbert also earned the Big South-OVC Football Association Defensive Player of the Week and the STATS Perform FCS National Defensive Player of the Week presented by FEDEX Ground.

Tolbert is the first Panther to win National Defensive Player of the Week since defensive tackle Dino Fanti in 2015.

 

The female Panther of the Week is going to senior outside hitter Giovana Larregui López from the volleyball team.

Senior outside hitter Giovana Larregui López ended the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invite as the All-Tournament MVP on Saturday. Larregui López lead the Panthers with aces throughout the tournament. (File)

Larregui López led the Panthers in aces throughout the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invite on Friday and Saturday.

Larregui López had four aces against Oral Roberts, three aces against UC Riverside and seven aces against IUPUI.

Larregui López also led the Panthers with kills on Friday as the Panthers beat the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (3-0) and the UC Riverside Highlanders (3-0).

At the end of the tournament, Larregui López was named the All-Tournament MVP.

The IUPUI All-Tournament Team has a total of seven players that were selected: three players from Eastern, including Larregui López, two players from IUPUI and one player from Oral Roberts and UC Riverside.

The Sports Staff can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].

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Zaria Flippin
Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor
Zaria Flippin is a junior sports media relations major. This is her first year at The News.
Luther Yoder
Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor
Luther Yoder is a sophomore journalism major. This is his first year at The News.
Ashanti Thomas
Ashanti Thomas, Photographer
Ashanti Thomas is a senior digital media major. She previously served as photo editor and assistant photo editor at The News.

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