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Sara Thomas ready to lead as Eastern volleyball’s new head coach

Adam Tumino, Women's Basketball Reporter

January 15, 2020

The Eastern volleyball program has had its fair share of coaches recently. Sara Thomas will be the next to take the reins. Her hiring was announced last month, making her the 13th head coach in the program’s history, and the third in the last four seasons. She said that she was aware of Eastern...

Notebook: SEMO to face Kentucky in NCAA Tournament

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

December 3, 2019

Southeast Missouri, after winning the OVC Volleyball Championship on Nov. 23, will play No. 9 Kentucky on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Redhawks clinched the OVC after sweeping Morehead State in the championship match. Heading into the matchup with the Wildcats, Southeast Missour...

Column: Coaching carousel keeps turning for Eastern volleyball

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Junior Laurel Bailey attempts a bump pass in Eastern’s 3-0 loss against Southern Illinois on Nov. 6 at Lantz Arena.

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

November 20, 2019

When the Eastern volleyball team begins its 2020 season next August, the sidelines will be patrolled by the program’s fourth head coach in the last seven seasons. It was announced on Nov. 17 that Julie Allen’s contract was not renewed, making her second season as the team’s head coach her las...

Panther freshmen reflect on 1st season, look ahead

Adam Tumino | The Daily Eastern News
Eastern freshmen Kristen Jankowski (left) and Mackenzie Duvall keep stats from the sideline during the Panthers’ five-set win against Chicago State Nov. 11 in Lantz Arena.

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

November 18, 2019

They may not have played this season, but Mackenzie Duvall and Kristen Jankowski’s first season as members of the Eastern volleyball team was far from uneventful. When the season ended on Nov. 16, the book was closed on a season in which the Panthers went just 3-26, including 1-15 in conference play....

Volleyball team loses on senior night, Allen out as head coach

Adam Tumino | The Daily Eastern News
Sarah Paluch dives to save a ball during Eastern’s 3-2 victory over Chicago State Nov. 11 in Lantz Arena. Eastern lost its final match of the season 3-0 to Southeast Missouri in Lantz Arena Nov. 16.

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

November 17, 2019

Senior members of the Eastern volleyball team hugged and took pictures with their teammates, families and friends on the court after falling in straight sets to Southeast Missouri Nov. 16 in Lantz Arena. It was senior night for Eastern as Breanna Jager, Morgan Matusik, Maggie Runge and Katie Sommer ...

OVC volleyball season enters final days

Eastern senior Maggie Runge jumps to kill a set from Bailey Chandler in the Panthers’ five-set win over Chicago State Nov. 11 in Lantz Arena. Runge’s .571 hitting percentage in the match led all players and her 17 kills tied for the second-most on the team.

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

November 14, 2019

The 2019 volleyball season is entering its final weekend, and as has been the case for the last three weeks, every team currently in a postseason position has a record of .500 or above. Of the four teams currently outside the tournament, only Tennessee State is in position to possibly sneak into the tournamen...

Eastern volleyball beats Chicago State in 5 sets

Eastern redshirt sophomore Kylie Michael makes a pass in front of libero Sarah Paluch against Chicago State Monday in Lantz Arena. Michael had a career-high 15 kills in the match, which Eastern won 3-2.

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

November 11, 2019

The Eastern volleyball team recorded its highest hitting percentage of the season on Monday night against Chicago State, hitting .262 in a five-set win over the Cougars in Lantz Arena. The Panthers’ previous season high in hitting percentage came on Nov. 9 against Tennessee State. The victory was the...

Eastern volleyball team loses to Tigers in 4 sets at home

Eastern senior Maggie Runge makes contact on a kill attempt against Tennessee State on Nov. 9 in Lantz Arena. The Panthers lost the match 3-1. Runge recorded 11 kills and led the team with 13 points.

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

November 11, 2019

Through three sets against Tennessee State on Nov. 9, the Eastern volleyball team was hitting as efficiently and aggressively as it has all season, recording a hitting percentage of .319 and averaging 13.67 kills per set.  The Panthers won the third set 25-16, their largest margin of victory in a s...

OVC volleyball standings taking shape

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

November 8, 2019

For much of the season, there have been multiple teams tied atop the OVC standings. Now, instead of four or five teams, only two hold the best record in the conference. Morehead State and Southeast Missouri are each 10-2 in conference play. They are also the two hottest teams in the OVC, holding winning st...

Panthers lose in straight sets at home

Eastern junior Laurel Bailey steps in front of a serve to make a pass against Southern Illinois Edwardsville Nov. 6 in Lantz Arena. Bailey had eight kills and 12 digs in the match, a 3-0 loss for the Panthers.

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

November 6, 2019

The Eastern volleyball team opened up a five-match homestand against its only instate OVC rival, Southern Illinois Edwardsville, Wednesday night and were swept by the Cougars for the second time this season. The loss was the 14th straight-sets loss for the Panthers this season, with 11 of those coming...

Panthers go 0-2 on final road trip

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

November 3, 2019

The Eastern volleyball team faced a pair of familiar foes on its final road trip of the season, playing rematches against Austin Peay and Murray State. The Panthers hosted these two teams on Sept. 27 and 28 during the first weekend of the conference season. Eastern is 0-4 against the Governors...

Panthers to play final road trip of 2019

Panthers to play final road trip of 2019

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

October 30, 2019

A pair of familiar foes await the Eastern volleyball team on its final road trip of the season. The Panthers will travel to play Austin Peay on Friday and Murray State on Saturday. Both teams visited Eastern on Sept. 28 and 29 on the very first weekend of conference play. These rematches will be t...

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