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Takeaways from Panthers before volleyball conference play

Ashanti Thomas
Eastern’s volleyball team get ready to run under the fan tunnel before the start of their game vs. University of Missouri. The Panthers won 3-0 against the Tigers Thursday night.

Eastern volleyball is heading into the Ohio Valley Conference with a 10-1 non-conference record.

Here are some takeaways about the Panthers’ performance in their first 11 games of the season:

  1. The Panthers swept six of their opponents 3-0.

Eastern did not let their opponents score in six of the 11 games during non-conference play.

Louisiana Monroe, Oral Roberts, UC Riverside, Arkansas State, Alabama A&M and Missouri (Sept. 14) did not win a set against the Panthers.

Eastern volleyball’s 10-0 start was the best in program history. The Panthers recorded their first loss of the season to the Mizzou Tigers on Friday afternoon in Lantz Arena. Eastern lost to the University of Missouri 3-1. (File)
  1. The Panthers went on a historical 10 game winning streak to start the season.

Eastern started their season 10-0. This was the best start for Eastern volleyball in program history.

The Panthers’ only loss of the non-conference season was to the Mizzou Tigers on Friday, Sept. 15. The Panthers lost to the Tigers 3-1.

  1. Eastern players won MVP awards and tournament All-Tournament spots for all three tournaments they played.

Graduate outside/opposite hitter Natalie Mitchem won the EIU Panther Classic MVP award.

Sophomore setter Catalina Rochaix and senior outside hitter Giovana Larregui López joined Mitchem as All-Tournament Team selections.

Larregui López won the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invite MVP award.

Senior libero/defensive specialist Christina Martinez Mundo and sophomore middle blocker Kate Dean joined Larregui López for the All-Tournament selections.

Mitchem also won the Southern Illinois Saluki Bash MVP award after helping the Panthers record a 9-0 start.

Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn Flynn and Martinez Mundo were selected alongside Mitchem for the All-Tournament team.

The EIU Panthers start conference play against the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles on Monday, Sept. 18 at Lantz Arena. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. (File)
  1. Eastern lost eight sets but won 31 sets in an 11-game span.

The Panthers have only lost eight sets throughout 11 games. Eastern has won almost 80 percent of their sets throughout non-conference play.

  1. Here are some players who are leading in stats for the Panthers:
  • Kills: Natalie Mitchem (141) and Giovana Larregui López (128)
  • Assists: Catalina Rochaix (377) and Sylvia Hasz (47)
  • Service Aces: Giovana Larregui López (24) and Sylvia Hasz (20)
  • Digs: Christina Martinez Mundo (213) and Giovana Larregui López (86)
  • Blocks: Julia Stanev (36.0) and Natalie Mitchem (25.0)
  1. Here are the non-conference records from every team in the OVC Conference:
  • Eastern Illinois: 10-1
  • Southeast Missouri: 8-3
  • Morehead State: 7-5
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE): 6-5
  • Lindenwood: 4-7
  • Southern Indiana: 4-7
  • Tennessee Tech: 4-7
  • Little Rock: 3-7
  • UT Martin: 2-8
  • Western Illinois: 1-8
  • Tennessee State: 0-10

Eastern will start their conference play against Southern Indiana on Monday at Lantz Arena.

The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

Zaria Flippin can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].

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Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor
Zaria Flippin is a junior sports media relations major. This is her first year at The News.
Rob Le Cates, Editor-in-Chief
Rob Le Cates is a junior journalism major. He previously served as summer editor-in-chief, photo editor and assistant photo editor at The News.
Ashanti Thomas, Photo Editor
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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