EIU wins third straight in volleyball

CHARLESTON  Eastern Illinois volleyball played host to the University of Tennessee at Martin in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup Saturday the Panthers beat the Skyhawks stretching their winning-streak to three matches winning in four sets (25-14, 25-22, 18-25, and 25-15).

The Panthers showed aggressiveness early dominating the first set. Maria Brown led the Panthers offense with six of her team-high 14 kills in the match. Gina Furlin helped spread the ball around offensively for the Panthers leading the first set with nine assists.

The second set featured dominance from the Skyhawks as they tried to even out the match. The Panthers were able to spark a late comeback in the set with the help of Laurel Bailey. Bailey led the offense power surge for the Panthers totaling a set-high six kills. Defensively Bailey and Anne Hughes each claimed ten digs to lift the Panthers over the Skyhawks in the second-set.

UT Murray would spoil the Panthers shot at a second consecutive OVC sweep in the third set winning 25-18.  

Similar to Friday the Panthers closed out the match with a dominant block party. EIU would total a set-high ten blocks in the fourth set which proved to be the difference maker. Taylor Smith (Mattoon graduate), Allie Hueston, and Maggie Runge each totaled three blocks in the set. The fourth set included the highest hitting percentage for the Panthers on the day totaling an average of .375.

Smith grabbed her fourth triple-double of the season with her 13 kills, 22 assists, and season-high 20 digs. Furlin led the Panthers in assists with her 25 assists. Defensively leading the Panthers was Bailey who totaled 22 digs, and Hueston led in blocks with six.

The Panthers return to action Friday on the road at Morehead State in an OVC conference showdown at 7 p.m.

EIU Plays To 0-0 Draw Against TTU on Senior Day

CHARLESTON -– Eastern Illinois women’s soccer closed out the home portion of its 2017 schedule playing to a 0-0 draw with Tennessee Tech on Sunday at Lakeside Field.

EIU is now 5-9-2 overall, 0-6-1 in the OVC.  

Both goalkeepers came up with big saves for their teams during crucial moments of the match.

In the second half Sarah DeWolf ran down a long pass to the central part of the field from Haley Tausend and raced towards the TTU goal with a one-v-one situation in the 47th minute.   Kari Naerdemann was up the task making the first of her two saves on the day.

In the final overtime period Teteak again came up with a big save in the 106th minute. 

TTU finished the match with 18 total shots compared to just five by EIU.

Prior to the start of the match EIU honored the four members of its 2017 senior class which includes Carrie Caplin, Ali Carlson, Madi Fisher and Emma Scaro. Carlson and Fisher are Charleston grads.

EIU Men's Soccer Falls 1-0 at Denver

DENVER – Eastern Illinois men’s soccer was held to only three shot attempts and no shots on goal Saturday evening as the Panthers lost a road match at Denver in Summit League play, 1-0.

EIU dropped to 2-5-5 on the season, 0-2-1 in the Summit League.  

The two teams played a scoreless first half with Denver placing four shots on goal with eight total shots in the half.  EIU had one of its three shots in the first half.

Just over six minutes into the second half Denver scored the lone goal.

Mike Novotny finished with four saves in goal for EIU. 

EIU’s three shots in the match were by Yann Nsoga, Jonathan Huerta and Christian Sosnowski.

EIU returns to action on Tuesday at Bradley. 

EIU Swimming Sweeps Valpo  

VALPARAISO, Ind- The Eastern Illinois men’s and women’s swimming teams opened up their 2017-18 seasons at Valparaiso. Both squads earned victories over Valparaiso, as the men won 140-122 while the women won 167-94.

The Panthers started the meet strong as both units recorded first place finishes in the 200-Medley Relay. Lauren Oostman, Rachel Manderschied, Danielle Dimatteo, and Sarah Lohman touched the wall at 1:53.88. Steve Fishman, Matt Jacobs, Ivan Escott, and Scott House followed up as they posted a time of 1:37.10 in the event.

The Panthers had a total five swimmers who recorded a pair of first place finishes. For the Women Oostman finished first in the 100-backstroke (1:00.25) and the 200-backstroke (2:13.23). Kailey Adcock picked up a pair in the 1000-freestyle (11:32.86) and 500-freestyle (5:36.45). Dimatteo earned first place honors in the 50-freestyle (25.65) and 100-buttlerfly (1:00.44).

Also touching the wall first for the women was Manderschied in the 100-breaststroke (1:13.06). Karleen Gernady earned first place honors in the 200-butterlfy with her time of 2:18.37. Freshman Erin Farley picked up her first win as a Panther in the 200-breaststroke touching the wall at 2:35.38. Ranae Johnson picked up a win in the 200-intermediate medley (2:20.62).

The men’s squad had two swimmers who picked up a pair of wins as well. Fishman recorded top times in the 200-backstroke (1:57.37) and 200-intermediate medley (2:00.55). Jacobs also recorded a pair of first place honors in the 100-breaststroke (58.58) and 200-breaststroke (2:13.62). House touched the wall first in the 100-freestyle (48.71). Escott also picked up a win in the 100-butterfly (53.48).

The men ended the meet strong posting a first place finish in the 200-free style relay. Ethan Wallace teamed up with Tyler Parrish, House, and Jacobs in the event as the quartet touched the wall first at 1:28.17.

The Eastern Illinois swimming teams are to return to action on Saturday for their home opener at Padovan Pool as the Panthers host Lewis.

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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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