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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 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...

The EIU volleyball team huddle in and listen to their coach Sara Thomas during a timeout at their game vs. Valparaiso. Friday night in Lantz Arena.

Meet the Coaches: Sara Thomas

Cameron Thomas, Sports Reporter November 1, 2023

Sara Thomas is the women's volleyball and beach volleyball head coach for the Panthers. From Belleville, Illinois, Thomas attended Althoff Catholic High School, which is just about 20 minutes from...

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...

Senior outside hitter Giovana Larregui López jumps in the air to successfully kill the ball against Morehead State Thursday evening at Lantz Arena. López led the Panthers with 13 kills and 15 points. The Panthers shutout Morehead 3-0 with sets of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-20.

Panthers shutout Eagles to improve to 5-0 in the OVC

Autumn Schulz, Senior Sports Reporter October 5, 2023

The Eastern Illinois volleyball team improved its win-streak to five in a row over the Morehead State University Eagles with a 3-0 win Thursday evening at Lantz Arena. The Panthers are now 5-0 in...

The volleyball team plays a scrimmage game against Illinois State in Lantz Arena on Saturday evening.

Volleyball spring match brings excitement for fall season

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor April 6, 2023

The Eastern volleyball team hosted its indoor spring match last Saturday against Illinois State, sweeping them in three sets in Lantz Arena. The Panthers won the first two sets 25-22 and then the last...

Sara Thomas, the volleyball coach, poses for a picture.

2 daughters, 2 teams, 1 woman

Han Byer and Ashanti Thomas March 1, 2023

 “Yes I can and watch me.” That is what Eastern head volleyball coach, Sara Thomas, says to those who think being a single, working mom can stop you from doing what you want to do. Thomas, who...

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