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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Eastern Illinois quarterback Scotty Gilkey Jr. not only earned the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week but was also named the Co-Newcomer of the week. In addition, Panther linebacker Nick Horne was named the Co-Defensive OVC Player of the Week. 

Gilkey, a 6-4, 235-pound junior, helped EIU knock off No. 24 Tennessee State 19-16 in double overtime Saturday in a conference game by running for 104 yards on 25 carries and completing 11 of 26 passes for 46 yards. He scored the game's first touchdown on a nine-yard run and scored from one yard out in the second overtime for the game-winner. It was EIU's sixth straight win over Tennessee State. Gilkey is the third quarterback in Panther history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game.

Horne, a 6-2, 220-pound senior, had 12 tackles, an interception and forced a fumble in the win. The forced fumble occurred on the second play of the game, which led to an EIU touchdown. Horne's interception with six seconds left in the half was at the Panther 25.

EIU tops Tennessee State in four sets

CHARLESTON (EIU)  Eastern Illinois volleyball beat Tennessee State in an Ohio Valley Conference match Saturday 25-15, 25-22, 23-25, and 25-15.

The Panthers showed aggressiveness early, dominating the first set. Katie Sommer led the Panthers offense with three of her ten kills in the match. Anne Hughes helped keep the Panthers defense in check, claiming six of her team-high 21 digs.

The second set featured a more balanced matchup as Tennessee State put pressure on the EIU defense. The Panthers were able to hold off the roaring Tiger offense and claim the second set by a score of 25-22.

Tennessee State and EIU would total the most tie scores and lead changes in the third set of the match, posting five ties and three lead changes. The Tigers hit for their best total of the match, hitting for an average of .297 that would be able to spoil the Panthers' sweep. Leading the Tigers offense on the day was Rachel Henderson, with 21 kills on the day.

EIU fired back in the fourth set, beating the Tigers 25-15. The Panthers hit for their best average of the match, hitting .464. The Panthers took a 6-0 run late in the set, ignited by a Kylie Hayes service error, and never looked back. Leading offensively in the set for the Panthers was Taylor Smith, Laurel Bailey, and Maggie Runge who all had three kills each.

Smith was able to claim her ninth double-double of the season and seventh consecutive double-double match finishing with 11 kills and a team-high 27 assists. Bailey led the Panthers in kills with 12. Smith and Allie Hueston each totaled three blocks leading the Panthers defensively.

The Panthers return to action Friday when they are to play host to Southeast Missouri in an OVC conference showdown at 7 p.m.

Hatfield leads EIU men at Greater Louisville Classic

LOUISVILLE (EIU) — Eastern Illinois cross country competed at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday as the Panthers had top 100 performances from two runners on the men's side.

Freshman Dustin Hatfield turned in another impressive performance on the 8K course at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park. Hatfield placed 49th overall with a time of 24:35.35 which set the EIU freshman 8K record.

Senior Chris Orlow added a top 100 finish for the men placing 82nd with a time of 24:58.03. As a team, EIU was 19th of 30 NCAA Division I teams that competed in the Gold Race.

Tyler Lay placed 152nd with a time of 25:42.39. Jaime Marcos was 160th with a time of 25:47.39. Marcus Skinner was 189th with a time of 26:10.18 to round out the top five scored EIU men's runners.

On the women's side, senior Maria Baldwin was the Panthers' top finisher with a time of 18:13.61, which placed 137th in the meet. As a team, the EIU women finished 33rd of 37 NCAA Division I teams.

Kate Bushue was 191st with a time of 18:37.31, and Ali Gutt placed 221st with a time of 18:51.61 on the 5K course. Sadie Elliott was 227th with a time of 18:52.46. Grace Rowan was 235th with a time of 18:56.34 to round out the EIU women's scored runners.

Eastern Illinois men's soccer falls 2-0

MACOMB (EIU) — Western Illinois men's soccer scored in the opening minute Saturday afternoon and went on to post a 2-0 win over Eastern Illinois in Summit League action.

WIU tacked on an insurance goal in the 33rd minute.

EIU increased its attacks in the second half with eight shots as the Panthers finished the match with an 11-8 shots advantage. EIU finished with five shots on goal. Erik Isaksson had two shots on goal to lead EIU.

The Panthers fell to 2-4-5 overall, 0-1-1 in the Summit League.

Turnovers Cost Women's Soccer Versus Morehead State

CHARLESTON (EIU) — Eastern Illinois women’s soccer had two costly turnovers that both resulted in Morehead State goals on Sunday afternoon as the Eagles picked up a 3-1 win over EIU in Ohio Valley Conference action at Lakeside Field.

EIU dropped to 5-8-1, 0-5 in the OVC.  

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute as they scored their first goal of the conference season.  Hannah Heinz had a long throw-in that landed in front of the goal box, and following a quick scramble, Henar Urteaga tapped the ball in for the goal.

Morehead State tied the match in the 37th minute when an EIU defender misplayed the ball in transition right at the top of the goal box. 

The second turnover of the match for EIU came in the 64th minute when a ball played through to the keeper was mishandled.  Dani Wilson stole the ball and quickly fired a shot into the net for the eventual game-winner.

The Eagles tacked on an insurance goal in the 78th minute.

EIU finished with two shots on goal, both coming by Urteaga.  


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