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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...

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,...

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...

Senior Christina Martinez Mundo (4) attempts to defend the ball at EIUs volleyball game against Valparaiso. The Panthers won 3-2 against the Beacons Friday night in Lantz Arena.

Volleyball checkup before series against SIUE

Cameron Thomas, Sports Reporter November 9, 2023

With a pair of 3-0 sweeps against Little Rock last weekend the Panthers improved their overall record to 22-3 and have a 12-2 record in the Ohio Valley Conference play. They are currently tied with...

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...

Senior Christina Martinez Mundo (4) attempts to defend the ball at EIUs volleyball game against Valparaiso. The Panthers won 3-2 against the Beacons Friday night in Lantz Arena.

Panthers split series with Lindenwood 1-1 with tonight’s win

Cameron Thomas, Sports Reporter October 14, 2023

The Panthers bounce back against the Lindenwood University Lions to win in four sets. After coming off a 3-2 loss on Friday night, the Panthers came into Saturday's match looking to get back on...

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.

Four Panthers earn top 75 in the nation

Sports Staff October 9, 2023

Over the weekend Eastern volleyball was able to sweep Morehead State University, which puts them at 16-1 on the season which is the best start in program history. The Panthers are also 6-0 in Ohio...

Senior libero Christina Martinez Mundo receives the ball, bumping it to set up teammates during the volleyball game against Morehead State Thursday evening at Lantz Arena Mundo led the Panthers with 17 digs and three service aces.

Eastern continues success against Morehead State with another sweep

Aidan Cusack and Cameron Thomas October 6, 2023

Eastern volleyball continues to dominate in OVC play, not allowing Morehead State to win a single set on Thursday and Friday. These two teams have quite a bit of competitive history. Coming into...

Easterns 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.

Takeaways from Panthers before volleyball conference play

Zaria Flippin, Sports Editor September 18, 2023

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: ...

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