Volleyball defeats Southeast Missouri
Charleston (EIU) — Eastern Illinois volleyball played host to Southeast Missouri in an OVC conference matchup Friday night. The Panthers swept the Redhawks, winning in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-17).
The Panthers showed aggressiveness early dominating the first set. The Panthers would dominate the Redhawks not allowing them to take the lead once. Laurel Bailey, Taylor Smith, and Abby Knight led the Panthers offense with four kills each. Madison Cunningham helped keep the Panthers' defense in check, claiming six of her team-high 15 digs.
The second set featured a more balanced matchup as Southeast Missouri put pressure on the EIU defense, pushing a match-high 13 ties and eight lead changes. The Panthers were able to hold off the Redhawk offense and claim the second set by a score of 25-21.
The Panthers would hold off the Redhawks and claim the match winning the third set 25-17. The difference maker of the set was the Panthers' 4-0 run ignited by an Allie Hueston kill. The Panthers' defense would catch fire in the third set, with a total of 12 blocks. Hueston and Smith would lead the Panther block party, each totaling a team-high five blocks.
Smith was able to claim her tenth double-double of the season and eighth consecutive double-double match, finishing with a team-high 12 kills and a team-high 19 assists. Bailey and Smith helped the Panthers' offense with their team-leading three service aces each. Gina Furlin also helped contribute to a dominant Panther offense with her 11 assists and was two digs shy of claiming her first double-double of the season.
The Panthers return to action Saturday afternoon when they will close out this weekend’s conference play against UT Martin at 2 p.m.
Women's soccer loses 1-0 to JSU
CHAMPAIGN (EIU) — Following heavy rain all week in Charleston, Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Jacksonville State faced off in women's soccer on Friday afternoon in a constant drizzle in Champaign, playing at the Judah Christian Field of Dreams. JSU would score in the 77th minute to pick up a 1-0 win in the match.
EIU dropped to 5-9-1 overall, 0-6 in the OVC. The Panthers will host Tennessee Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. for senior day. A decision on the location for the match will be made on Saturday based on playing conditions for Lakeside Field. JSU improved to 5-7-2, 2-4 in the OVC.
EIU and JSU played a scoreless first half, with both teams firing a number of shots off. JSU had nine first-half shots and 18 total shots for the match. EIU finished the first half with six shot attempts and ten attempts for the game.
The difference in the match came in the 77th minute when Danielle Monroe played what appeared to be a slow rolling shot back towards the EIU goal. The ball was misplayed and rolled all the way through to the back of the net for the only score of the contest.
JSU had a total of ten shots on goal with Sara Teteak making the other nine saves. Caroline Robinson pitched a shutout, making the two saves she needed in the win for JSU.
Henar Urteaga and Kate Olson recorded the two shots on goal for EIU. Both players also led EIU with three shot attempts each.