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CHARLESTON — Eastern Illinois head volleyball coach Julie Allen has completed her coaching staff with the hiring of assistant coach Jacqueline (Jacquie) Cason. Cason comes to EIU following one season as an assistant coach at Nicholls State in Louisiana.

Allen and Cason have a strong working relationship in place, as Allen recruited and coached Cason as a student-athlete at the University of Texas-El Paso. Following that five-year relationship at UTEP, Allen has most recently served as a mentor for Cason in club coaching.

“I am excited about and for Jacquie. She comes recommended by two colleagues that I trust and respect,” added Allen.  “Jacquie is a hard worker, high energy and has excellent teaching skills.  Furthermore, Jacquie’s wealth of recruiting knowledge of the surrounding area (quad-state area) is highly valuable and a great asset for our program.”

Prior to joining the Nicholls State staff, Cason served as the head junior varsity and assistant varsity volleyball coach at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Kentucky. She lifted her JV squad to the best record in the state. She was also part of a coaching staff that won the school’s first Kentucky state championship in 13 years.

Cason began her coaching career following her playing career at UTEP. She coached the El Paso Stars 11’s and 12’s Blue and 16 Hammerheads club teams before taking positions as court coach at the USA High Performance tryouts and camp coach of the USA Volleyball Select national skills program.

As a student-athlete, Cason was an outside, middle and right-side hitter playing at UTEP.  She served as team captain her senior season and totaled 100 or more kills in each season with the Miners.

She amassed more than 250 hours of community service over her five-year career.  She was a four-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection and a seven-time honoree on the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or higher).  Cason earned her bachelor’s degree from UTEP in mechanical engineering in 2014.

IUPUI beats EIU men's tennis 5-2

INDIANAPOLIS — Eastern Illinois men’s tennis lost its Friday afternoon match at IUPUI falling to the Jaguars, 5-2, at the West Indy Tennis Center.

IUPUI won the doubles point taking two of the three matches. Playing at No. 1 doubles, Freddie O’Brien and Grant Reiman won 7-6 (6) taking the match for EIU in a tie-breaker over Bradley Luetschwager and Kyle Whittaker.

In singles action, Freddie O’Brien won his match at No. 1 singles for the second straight contest. O’Brien won 6-4, 6-3 over Jac Newis, scoring the first point of the day for the Panthers. O’Brien is now 2-1 in singles play in the spring season.

EIU’s other point would come at No. 6 singles with Braden Davis winning a tie-breaker over Michael Koch to secure the win. Davis won 6-4, 1-6 and 1-0 (5).

Playing at No. 3 singles, freshman Logan Charbonneau lost his bid for a third EIU point, falling to Eric Hollingsworth on a tie-breaker. Hollingsworth won 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10).

EIU returns to action on Tuesday playing at Chicago State.


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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