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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...

EIUGivingBlueDay starts Tuesday, goes 24 hours

Dillan Schorfheide, Sports Editor

December 2, 2019

Tuesday will mark the third annual day of donations for Eastern athletic programs, as the EIUGivingBlueDay starts Tuesday. The event is a 24-hour online campaign to raise funds for the betterment of Eastern Athletics’ student-athletes and their specific sports, according to release on the Eastern...

Column: Coaching carousel keeps turning for Eastern volleyball

Column: Coaching carousel keeps turning for Eastern volleyball

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

Panther freshmen reflect on 1st season, look ahead

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

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

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 ...

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...

Notebook: Top volleyball teams struggling to separate themselves in OVC standings

Notebook: Top volleyball teams struggling to separate themselves in OVC standings

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

October 23, 2019

It is now the halfway point in the conference season, and the OVC standings remain top-heavy. With eight matches remaining, four OVC teams are tied with a conference record of 6-2 and three are tied at 5-3. The final team in the top eight, and only one in a postseason spot with a sub-.500 record, is ...

Volleyball picks up first OVC win

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

October 20, 2019

The Eastern volleyball team entered play this past weekend on a six-match losing streak to begin conference play, but moved up a spot in the OVC standings after splitting a pair of matches at home. The Panthers won their first conference match Oct. 18 against Tennessee Tech, snapping not only the l...

Volleyball goes winless over weekend, still searching for first conference win

Volleyball goes winless over weekend, still searching for first conference win

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

October 13, 2019

For the third straight week to begin conference play, the Eastern volleyball team lost a pair of OVC matches in straight sets. The Panthers (1-17, 0-6) have lost all 18 sets against OVC teams this season after winning their last match of the non-conference schedule against Robert Morris Sept. 21. Th...

Column: Volleyball players improving despite tough season

Column: Volleyball players improving despite tough season

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

October 9, 2019

It has been a difficult season for the Eastern volleyball team, at least in the win column. A 1-15 start overall and an 0-4 record in conference play have the Panthers in last place in the OVC so far. Despite the record, several Eastern players have improved their numbers since last season. Some of thes...

Murray State, Austin Peay atop OVC volleyball standings

Murray State, Austin Peay atop OVC volleyball standings

Adam Tumino, Volleyball Reporter

October 3, 2019

If there needed to be more proof that preseason play does not matter, the OVC volleyball standings have provided it. After relatively struggling through non-conference play, 2018 standouts Murray State (8-6, 2-0) and Austin Peay (4-12, 2-0) sit atop the standings through the first week of the confere...

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