The Daily Eastern News

Volleyball seeking revenge against SIUE

Mark Shanahan, Assistant Sports Editor

October 25, 2016

The Eastern volleyball team will face off against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars in a mid-week Ohio Valley Conference match on Wednesday night. Eastern split its road matches this past weekend against Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech. The Panthers defeated Jacksonville State in five sets,...

Column: Panther volleyball far from what it was one year ago

Maher Kawash, Volleyball Reporter

October 24, 2016

On Oct. 24, 2015 the Eastern volleyball team knocked off undefeated Murray State for its eighth win in the Ohio Valley Conference. One year removed from that monumental win, the Panthers look like a completely different team. Most teams in sports are forced to go through growing pains or a rebu...

Eastern volleyball up and down in weekend matches

Maher Kawash, Volleyball Reporter

October 23, 2016

The Eastern volleyball team had an opportunity to make up some ground in the conference standings over the weekend, but was unable to take full advantage of that. The Panthers returned to action with back-to-back road matches against Jacksonville State Friday followed by Tennessee Tech Saturd...

Column: Volleyball team struggling in OVC play

Maher Kawash, Volleyball Reporter

October 17, 2016

  After being projected to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this season, the Eastern volleyball team has struggled to live up to that. With a lack of seniors and injuries, the Panthers have found wins hard to come by against conference opponents. Eastern currently sits in last...

Volleyball team closes out home stand

October 12, 2016

With a seven-match home losing streak on the line, the Eastern volleyball team has an opportunity to turn its season around. The Panthers hit the court again this weekend for two matches in Lantz Arena, and are searching for their first home win of the season. Eastern has faced some tough c...

Opportunities available for young Eastern volleyball team

Maher Kawash, Volleyball Reporter

October 10, 2016

The Eastern volleyball team has lost eight of its last 10 games, but is suffering from more than just its losses. One of the Panthers best players and the Division I leader in triple-doubles, sophomore Taylor Smith left Friday’s matchup against Austin Peay with an ankle injury in the third set. ...

Smith’s passion for the game of volleyball helps her be strong leader on court

Maria Baldwin, Features Writer

September 28, 2016

  When an athlete has the genes to be great, it’s not very hard for them to find the sport they are destined to play. Some athletes, sophomore right side hitter and setter Taylor Smith for example, just have to play a couple other sports before they find the sport that is their calling. ...

Volleyball team hits road for I-70 rivalry

Maher Kawash, Volleyball Reporter

September 26, 2016

  With three straight losses looming in the air, the Eastern volleyball team turns to a local rivalry for a chance at turning this season around. The Panthers hit the road Tuesday night for a midweek matchup against the Indiana State Sycamores. It has been anything but smooth sailing...

Panthers fall in first OVC match

Maher Kawash, Volleyball Reporter

September 21, 2016

  After earning just three wins in its first 14 matches, the Eastern volleyball team faced an opportunity to start over with the start of conference play. But the Panthers got off to a rough start, and it was not particularly close. Eastern opened its Ohio Valley Conference slate of the...

Volleyball team to begin OVC play at Edwardsville

Maher Kawash, Volleyball Reporter

September 20, 2016

  It is not how you start; it is how you finish. That is what the Eastern volleyball will hope to follow as it closes the book on the non-conference slate of its schedule. The Panthers knew there would be growing pains as they came into the season with no seniors, and that has been t...

Volleyball team finishes up non-conference play

Red-shirt freshman Gina Furlin sets up a teammate during the Panthers' match against Butler on Aug. 30, 2016, in Lantz Arena. The Panthers lost 2-3.

Maher Kawash, Volleyball Reporter

September 18, 2016

It was all or nothing for the Eastern volleyball team the past few days as it wrapped up the final weekend of non-conference play for the season. The Panthers showed two sides in the tournament, winning one match in straight sets but also losing two in straight sets. The tournament took place in...

Smith brings one year of experience to help Panthers

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

August 30, 2016

There is not one senior on the Eastern volleyball team, which means players are looking for guidance from younger teammates, including sophomore Taylor Smith and junior Maria Brown. Red-shirt junior Josie Winner is the oldest player on the team, but still has only two years of experience coming into...

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