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Rojas Named To The CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team

Rojas Named To The CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team

Posted on 23 November 2017 by admin

Chloe Rojas

Chloe Rojas has been named by the College Sports Information Directors of America to the Academic All-District First Team for her academics combined with the numbers she put up on the court this season

RICHMOND, Ky. – Chloe Rojas has been named by the College Sports Information Directors of America to the Academic All-District First Team for her academics combined with the numbers she put up on the court this season, the group announced last week.

The junior libero is majoring in journalism and has a perfect 4.00 grade point average. Rojas has been named to the Ohio Valley Conference Academic Medal of Honor team and to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll the last two seasons.

Hailing from St. Charles, Illinois, Rojas is the reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team selection. She led the defensive effort for the Colonels this season, racking up 20 or more digs 12 times during the season with two 30-dig outings to notch 560 on the year. Rojas was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week back-to-back weeks this season (Oct. 23 and 30). She led the conference during league-only action nearly the entire season, finishing with 354 digs.

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EKU Falls To No. 1 Austin Peay

EKU Falls To No. 1 Austin Peay

Posted on 17 November 2017 by admin

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Colonel volleyball team finishes season at 13-19

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Despite winning the first set, the Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team could not hold off No. 1 Austin Peay in the semifinal match of the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Friday night at the Dunn Center, falling in four sets.

The Colonels lost by scores of 25-19, 12-25, 14-25 and 12-25.

EKU jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the first set after a kill from Kaylin Johnson and never looked back. The Gov’s tied the set but never led. At the 21-16 mark the Colonels took their largest lead of the set off of a kill from Celina Sanks. Austin Peay responded with a kill and a block, 21-18, but Eastern took four of the next five points to close the set, 25-19, and take the 1-0 advantage.

Sanks led the team with 18 kills and 13 digs. Cassie Knutson contributed a team second-best eight kills, she also added 15 assists. Maria Ferragonio led the Colonels with 16 assists.

Brooke Moore led the charge for the Governors with a match-best 22 kills and 18 digs.

Eastern Kentucky finishes the season with a 13-19 record.

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EKU Scores Six Unanswered To Fight Off Belmont's Match Point, Edging The Bruins In Five

EKU Scores Six Unanswered To Fight Off Belmont’s Match Point, Edging The Bruins In Five

Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin

Eastern Kentucky University volleyball

Colonels will face No.1 seed Austin Peay tomorrow at 6 pm

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team scored six unanswered points in the final set to fight off the Belmont University match point, 14-10, and edge the Bruins, advancing to the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinals.

After a pair of kills from Cassie Knutson and a solo block from Celina Sanks Eastern Kentucky jumped out to an early 4-1 lead to open the fifth stanza. The Bruins fought back to tie it at four all. The teams took turns exchanging blows down the stretch, but Arianna Person came up with a lethal putaway to tie it at 10-10 and spark a 5-0 Belmont run to put the squad at set point, 14-10.

Knutson then put a ball down, 14-11, and went back to the service line for EKU. The junior retained the serve for five straight points. A wall of Kaylin Johnson, Sanks and Ciera Koons played strong defense at the net to reject another attack from Person, ending the set and match 16-14.

“Resiliency has been the theme this season with all the injuries we have faced,” explained stated Head Coach Lori Duncan. “Coming into this, the ups and downs, if you are watching the matches this is the only one that has gone into five sets. Everyone is playing to extend their season and you have to stay gritty. You have to have the ability to bounce back. Most importantly, you have to believe this is your year, your opportunity, and these kids believe that.”

EKU won the first two sets by scores of 25-18, 25-18. The Bruins came out of the half to take the next two sets 25-17, 25-20.

Knutson had ice water in her veins, coming up with a triple-double line after just three sets. The San Diego, California native finished with 16 kills, 21 assists, 15 digs, one block, three service aces and hit .297.

The EKU hitting corps came up huge. Sanks pounded in 17 kills and racked up 10 digs for her 14th double-double of the season, she added three blocks. Senior Nikki Drost contributed 12 putaways to round out the Colonels in double-digits. Eastern Kentucky hit .237 for the match compared to the Belmont .221.

Grittiness seemed to be the word of the night for the Eastern defensive effort. Rojas dug out 24 balls while Mallory Maxwell and Maria Ferragonio had 12 apiece. Johnson tied for the match-high with five blocks.

The Colonels will be back in action tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET as they take on the winner of the No. 1 Austin Peay State/No. 8 Southeast Missouri matchup.

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No. 4 EKU To Play No. 5 Belmont In The First Round of OVC Tournament

No. 4 EKU To Play No. 5 Belmont In The First Round of OVC Tournament

Posted on 14 November 2017 by admin

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The No. 4 Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team is set to take on No. 5 Belmont in the first round of the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference tournament on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Dunn Center at Austin Peay State University.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 4 Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team is set to take on No. 5 Belmont in the first round of the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference tournament on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Dunn Center at Austin Peay State University.

The Colonels split matches with the Bruins in league action, losing in five at Belmont but winning in four at home.

Senior Celina Sanks ended the season leading the Colonels in kills with 376. The Butler, Pennsylvania native ended the regular-season taking over the No. 10 all-time kills spot in the record books with 1,291 putaways. Junior libero Chloe Rojas racked up 524 digs on the season and led the conference nearly the entire year.

Arianna Person led BU in kills during OVC play with 262 (4.16 kills-per-set), she also contributed a team second-best 146 digs and 31 blocks. Ellie Ivancich led the defensive effort, digging out 252 balls during league action.

EKU fell to Murray State in the final game of regular-season play to take the four seed.

Admission is free for the tournament and all seating is general admission. Live statistics and broadcast will be available.

With a win, EKU will advance to the semifinal match at 6 p.m. ET on Friday and take on the winner of the No. 1 Austin Peay State vs. No. 8 Southeast Missouri State match.

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Rojas picks up OVC honors

Rojas picks up OVC honors

Posted on 31 October 2017 by admin

Chloe Rojas

Chloe Rojas was named the Ohio Valley Conference adidas® Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced on Monday.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Chloe Rojas was named the Ohio Valley Conference adidas® Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced on Monday.

The junior libero has made a habit of leading all players in digs and this weekend was no exception to that. Her stellar performance featured 47 digs (5.88-per-set) and four service aces. Rojas racked up 19 digs against Belmont on Friday night and nearly missed her career-high (30) with 28 digs against Tennessee State on Saturday.

The St. Charles, Illinois native continues to hold the first place spot in digs in league-only action with 277 (5.77-per-set) and is maintaining the number four overall spot with 447 on the season.

The Colonels hit the road this weekend to begin their final road swing of the regular-season. They take on Jacksonville State on Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. and Tennessee Tech on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m.

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Volleyball Sweeps Morehead State

Posted on 28 September 2016 by Bret Shroats


Richmond, KY – The Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels volleyball team beat rival Morehead State in three straight sets.

The Colonels won by scores of 27-25, 25-14, 25-23.

Morehead State (5-11, 1-2 OVC) started off hot but the Lady Colonels, (6-9, 1-2 OVC) rallied and took the set to extra points where they won 27-25.

The second set would be all EKU as they took the set 25-14.

Morehead State rallied in set 3 but the Lady Colonels stay poised and ended the rally to win the match.
The Lady Colonels have won six straight vs the Eagles.

Next up is a match vs Austin Peay on Saturday at 2 pm inside Alumni Coliseum.

 

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Volleyball Drops First Match to LSU

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Volleyball Drops First Match to LSU

Posted on 26 August 2016 by Bret Shroats

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Durham, NC – Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels volleyball dropped a hard fought match against LSU 3-0 at the Duke Invitational.

Eastern Kentucky (0-1) was certainly up for the challenges as they came out of the gates ready for the 2016 season. They actually led LSU (1-0) 21-20 in game 1 but LSU would score 5 of the next 6 points in the match to take game 1 25-22.

In game 2, LSU would come out dominant and easily take the game 25-14.

Game 3 however would be a different story. EKU and LSU would trade leads and keep it close throughout the game. Again LSU would win 25-23.

Eastern would have 40 kills in the match. Leading the Colonels in kills was Cassie Knutson. Mallory Maxwell led the Colonels in digs with 18 and and Rachel Woody added 15 digs.

Next up for EKU will be Duke tomorrow at 1 pm on ESPN3

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Volleyball Ready for Test on Road after Sweeping on Homecoming Weekend

Volleyball Ready for Test on Road after Sweeping on Homecoming Weekend

Posted on 26 October 2015 by Bret Shroats

RICHMOND, Ky – Eastern Kentucky (7-18, 6-4 OVC) volleyball travels to UD Arena on Tuesday to face the Dayton Flyers (17-5, 9-0 A10) after winning two critical OVC matches over the weekend.

EKU beat Tennessee Tech (5-18, 3-7 OVC) and Jacksonville State (11-17, 2-8 OVC) over the weekend. On Friday, the Lady Colonels beat TTU 25-21, 25-15, 15-25, 25-14 to extend their winning streak to three games.

Celina Sanks led the Colonel offense with a team-high 13 kills. Ally Peters added 12 kills along with 10 from Rachel Vick making this the second consecutive match three different Colonels recorded 10 or more kills.

Tennessee Tech was led by Cody Dodd’s game-high 15 kills. Kirsten Brugere contributed 13 digs while Sharon Anderson tallied 34 assists for the Golden Eagles.

EKU recorded 47 kills against to Tech’s 39 limiting the Golden Eagles to a .114 hitting percentage.

Volleyball team celebrates.

Volleyball team celebrates.

On Saturday, the Lady Colonels beat the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 25-19, 25-15 and 25-21.

Sanks and Vick led the Colonels’ attack in the win. Sanks finished with a game-high 15 kills as Vick added 10. Peters tallied nine kills along with three blocks.

Looking ahead, the Flyers will put their 15-game win streak on the line when the Colonels enter the Frericks Center. Dayton’s (17-5, 9-0 A10) Alaina Turner leads the Flyers with 340 kills on the season.

Tuesday’s 6 p.m. match will mark the 19th meeting between the teams. The first meeting was in 1972 and the most recent in 2014 which Dayton won 3-0. The series is tied 9-9.

After the match at Dayton, the Lady Colonels will travel to Nashille, Tn, for bog matches against Tennessee State (11-11, 6-4 OVC) and Belmont (11-11, 8-2 OVC). The Lady Colonels can move up in the OVC standings with wins this weekend. Right now EKU and TSU are tied for 4th in the OVC just 3 matches behind leaders Murray State. Belmont and Eastern Illinois are tied for second place in the OVC.

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Two Colonels Earn OVC Honors

Posted on 05 November 2013 by admin

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After helping Eastern Kentucky University’s volleyball team to a pair of conference victories over the weekend, senior Ashley Edmond and junior Dena Ott were honored by the Ohio Valley Conference. Edmond was named adidas OVC Offensive Player of the Week while Ott garnered the adidas OVC Defensive Player of the Week award.

The Colonels won back-to-back matches creating a three match winning streak for the fourth time this season. EKU first defeated Jacksonville State 3-1 before shutting out Tennessee Tech 3-0.

In both matches combined, Edmond averaged 5.14 kills, 5.36 points, and posted a .326 attack percentage. She had 14 kills, only three errors, 19 digs, a block and an ace at Jacksonville State. The Michigan City, Ind., native led all players with 22 kills at Tennessee Tech. The senior made only four errors in 47 attempts for a .383 attack percentage. The 22 kills ties for the most by a Colonel this season.

Ott’s 24 digs in the win over Tennessee Tech were a match-best. She also led all players with 26 kills in a four-set victory at Jacksonville State. In both matches combined, the Wauconda, Ill., native averaged 7.14 digs per set.

Eastern will continue conference play on Friday and face Belmont University in Richmond, Ky. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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Roy Kidd stadium and Alumni Coliseum get new video boards

Posted on 02 August 2013 by admin

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – Aug. 2, 2013 – In the upcoming seasons, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) football, volleyball and basketball fans will be treated to new LED video displays designed, manufactured and installed in the summer of 2013 to their respective athletic facilities in Richmond, Ky., by Daktronics (Nasdaq – DAKT) of Brookings, S.D.

“The new video boards will greatly enhance the game-day experience for EKU fans,” said EKU President Michael Benson.

The new displays will not only be used for athletic events; the new technology will greatly improve the quality of all university functions, especially commencement.

“All visitors to campus will immediately notice the improved picture and sound quality of these additions,” added Benson.

Roy Kidd Stadium, home of EKU football, will receive three outdoor displays. The Colonels’ main video display will measure approximately 15 feet high by 30 feet wide and will feature a 15HD pixel layout. It is capable of showing one large image to highlight live video and instant replays. It can also be divided into separate windows to show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, scoring information and sponsor advertisements.

Found on the main display structure, two auxiliary displays will be placed on either side of a fixed-digit scoreboard. The auxiliary displays and scoreboard will be located directly below the main video display.
The auxiliary displays will each measure approximately 7 feet high by 6 feet wide and will feature 20 millimeter line spacing. These displays will provide the opportunity to showcase sponsors throughout events and provide up-to-the-minute statistics and game information.

Fans can stay in the game as all of these new displays will incorporate excellent image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility while providing multiple levels of protection from the elements.

For the first time ever, EKU basketball and volleyball fans will enjoy a LED video display in Alumni Coliseum. The display will measure approximately 15 feet high by 26 feet wide and will feature 10 millimeter line spacing. This display will also show one large image to highlight live video and instant replays. It will also be able to show a variety of graphics, animations, advertisements, statistics and scoring information.

Plans to update the displays inside both Roy Kidd Stadium and Alumni Coliseum were something the EKU Department of Athletics had been contemplating for some time. Shortly after Benson was named the new EKU president in April, he visited with Department of Athletics staff members, including EKU Athletic Director Mark Sandy, about purchasing new displays without tapping into their athletic budgets and they found a solution.

“The displays will be paid for with game guarantee revenue and corporate partnership dollars,” said Sandy. “This is a way for our teams, in addition to all the positive things they are currently doing, to contribute to the good of the entire campus community.”

Eastern Kentucky University will also receive two Daktronics custom audio systems. These audio systems will be integrated with the video and scoring system to enhance the game-day atmosphere for both the football stadium and basketball coliseum. The systems provide full-range sound reproduction and deliver clear and intelligible speech. Daktronics audio offers high quality audio systems that can integrate with dynamic displays in indoor and outdoor sport venues.

“We are excited about this opportunity to work with Eastern Kentucky University and assist with their display needs,” said Daryl Mihal, Daktronics sales representative, ”The video display and audio installations will increase the fan experience in both Roy Kidd stadium and Alumni coliseum and enhance the overall game-day experience for Colonel fans.”

In addition to the equipment installation, the Colonels will also receive a bank of hours for the creation of digital content to be produced and delivered by Daktronics Creative Services. This content will consist of any mixture of sponsorship messages, crowd prompts, headshots, game opens and venue announcements at the request of the university.

Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with minimal maintenance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.

Via Daktronics Press Release

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