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Giovana Larregui López spikes the ball over the net barely avoiding the Marquette Golden Eagles defense. Larregui Lopez led the Panthers for 10 kills and points.

Larregui López named All-American Honorable Mention

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor December 16, 2023

Giovana Larregui López was named as an AVCA All-American Team Honorable Mention for the second year in a row. The senior outside hitter from Carolina, Puerto Rico led the Ohio Valley Conference with...

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 outside hitter Giovana Larregui Lopez hits 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.

Panthers of the Semester: MJ Flowers, Giovana Larregui López, Sara Thomas

Zaria Flippin and Luther Yoder December 4, 2023

The male Panther of the semester is going to MJ Flowers from the football team. The redshirt freshman running back from Cincinnati, OH rushed for 854 yards and had 1,046 all-purpose yards. Both...

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,...

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...

From left, sophomore setter Catalina Rochaix and senior outside hitter Giovana Larregui López celebrate after scoring a point during the volleyball against Morehead State Thursday evening at Lantz Arena. Rochaix led the team with 34 assists and had two digs. López led the Panthers with 13 kills and 15 points.

EIU Volleyball advances to semifinals after 3-0 victory

Maurice Phipps, Sports Reporter November 20, 2023

Eastern’s volleyball team had a dominant victory over the eight seeded Little Rock Trojans in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The victory would start off with the Panthers...

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 16, 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...

Outside hitter/opposite Natalie Mitchem (7) The Panthers won 3-0 against the Tigers Thursday night.

Eastern’s win over SEMO places them securely at the top of the OVC

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter October 28, 2023

“We don’t want to keep teams in our conference the hope they can hang with us, because they can’t,” senior libero Christina Martinez Mundo said after Eastern’s match against the Southeast...

Head Coach Sara Thomas, instructs volleyball players during practice on Wednesday afternoon at Lantz Arena. The team will play in the EIU Panther Classic against University of Louisiana Monroe, Akron University and Valparaiso University.

Sara Thomas keeps improving

Cameron Thomas, Sports Reporter October 18, 2023

In Head Coach Sara Thomas’ career at Eastern she has improved every year. Thomas took over as Eastern’s Volleyball coach in 2019. Thomas’ first season came during the shortened pandemic in...

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