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

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Christina Martinez Mundo attempts to spike the ball over the net at the beach volleyball match against Missouri Baptist University Monday afternoon in Sister City Park.

EIU beach volleyball unable to get win on senior night

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter April 10, 2024

Eastern fell to Lindenwood University’s beach volleyball team in a 3-2 scrap Wednesday afternoon at Sister City Park. The town of Charleston showed out for Eastern’s lone home game, as Sister City...

Senior Christina Martinez Mundo (4) pets Bear the dog before starting their game vs. Valparaiso Friday night in Lantz Arena.

EIU libero reveals why she’s transferring in Q&A

Payton Liggins, Sports Reporter March 20, 2024

Senior libero Christina Martínez Mundo answered some questions ranging from why she is transferring to her favorite weird smell.   Q: Do you prefer beach volleyball or indoor volleyball?  A:...

Senior libero/defensive specialist Christina Martinez Mundo smiles while Head Coach Sara Thomas speaks on each of the seniors skills and impact on the team during the press conference.

Martinez Mundo announces departure from EIU

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor December 8, 2023

Senior libero/defensive specialist Christina Martinez Mundo announced she will be transferring to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana to play with the Fighting Illini volleyball team. Martinez...

Head Volleyball Coach Sara Thomas huddles with the team during the third and last set of the Panthers first NCAA tournament appearance since 2001. The Panthers season score ends at 28-5.

EIU Volleyball’s memorable 2023 season

Cameron Thomas, Sports Reporter December 5, 2023

Despite the loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament against the Marquette Golden Eagles, the Panthers had a historic 2023 season. Eastern won the Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship...

Senior libero/defensive specialist Christina Martinez Mundo smiles while Head Coach Sara Thomas speaks on each of the seniors skills and impact on the team during the press conference.

Panthers of the Week: Jordan Booker, Christina Martinez Mundo

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor December 3, 2023

The male Panther of the Week is going to Jordan “Tiger” Booker from the men’s basketball team. The senior guard from Chicago scored 20 points against the number one ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday...

Head Volleyball Coach Sara Thomas speaks to each of her seniors impact on her and the team for this season during the after-game press conference for their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2001. Thomas said she will sad to see some players who have been with her since she started coaching at Eastern leave this year.

EIU eliminated from NCAA tournament

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 30, 2023

The Golden Eagles went on a 10-2 run to close out the third and final set of the match to knock off the Panthers in their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 22 years on Thursday evening in Lafayette,...

Senior Christina Martinez Mundo (4) pets Bear the dog before starting their game vs. Valparaiso Friday night in Lantz Arena.

Martinez Mundo’s impact on EIU Volleyball

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter November 30, 2023

A great libero can turn a struggling program into a winning program instantly. The role the libero plays is vital to team success; they coordinate the defense and defend most offensive shots. Panther...

The EIU volleyball team celebrate their 3-2 win at their home game against the Valparaiso Beacons Friday night in Lantz Arena.

NCAA Tournament preview: EIU versus Marquette

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor November 29, 2023

For the first time since 2001, the Panthers will compete in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. As shown on the NCAA Championship selection show, Eastern will face a sixth seeded Marquette team on Thursday...

Easterns volleyball team celebrate their 3-0 win against the University of Missouri Thursday night.

EIU Volleyball clinches NCAA Tournament spot

Zaria Flippin and Maurice Phipps November 22, 2023

2001 was the last time the Panthers went dancing in the NCAA Tournament. 22 years later, after sweeping the Southeast Missouri Redhawks 3-0 on Wednesday evening in Grongier Arena, Eastern won the Ohio...

Senior outside hitter Giovana Larregui Lopez serves the ball over the net for the Panthers against their game vs. Valparaiso. The Panthers won 3-2 against the Beacons Friday night in Lantz Arena.

EIU Volleyball seniors reflect on regular season, hosting OVC tournament

Aidan Cusack and Cameron Thomas November 17, 2023

Eastern’s volleyball team celebrated senior night at their final game of the season. The seniors got a little extra volleyball in their last game as the match went into the fifth set as the Panthers...

Ella Collins, a junior outside hitter, spikes the ball during the  volleyball game against the Illinois State University Redbirds at Lantz Arena Wednesday evening. Collins had 6 kills. The Panthers lost 3-0 to the Redbirds.

EIU gets win in last game of the regular season

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter November 17, 2023

The last game of the regular season for Eastern volleyball went into the fifth set. The game went back and forth until the last score, with both teams trading blows throughout the match. Eastern won...

Outside hitter/opposite Lilli Amettis (14), and middle blocker Julia Stanev (17) attempt to block the ball. The Panthers won 3-1 against Western Illinois Leathernecks.

EIU clinches first seed in OVC tournament

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter November 15, 2023

Eastern volleyball has clinched the first seed in the Ohio Valley Conference playoffs after beating the Western Illinois Leathernecks 3-1. The last time the Panthers clinched the first seed was in 1998. “There's...

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