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Haley Eckerman’s first year shows volleyball’s ‘potential’ for next season

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor November 17, 2022

It has been a year of “figuring things out” for Kent State volleyball coach Haley Eckerman. In her first season as a Division I head coach, Eckerman led her team to its best starting record since...

The volleyball team gathers for a photo alongside Alex Haffner, Lana Strejcek, Erin Gardner and Danie Tyson, the four seniors graduating this year, following the game on Nov. 12, 2022.

‘Lucky’ Lana Strejcek and other 4+ year players celebrate second-to-last volleyball match

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor November 13, 2022

Lana Strejcek had tears in her eyes after Kent State’s volleyball game against Toledo – but she was not sad over her team’s loss. Saturday night was the program’s super senior celebration, and...

The Kent State volleyball team celebrates after winning a rally.

Still tied for third, volleyball has almost one month until MAC tournament

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor October 19, 2022

Halfway through Mid-American Conference play, the Kent State volleyball team sits at 3-6 in the conference. The Flashes started 1-3. They have lost their last two home games. “Anybody on any given...

The Kent State volleyball team members on the sideline celebrate after winning a rally.

Volleyball splits first weekend back at M.A.C.C. with school down the road

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor October 16, 2022

Coach Haley Eckerman said it's hard to beat a team twice. After two weeks of away competition, Kent State’s volleyball team won all three sets of its Friday game back home by at least four points. Saturday,...

Four years, 1,000 kills: Savannah Matthews hits a record-setting performance in Michigan battle

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor October 10, 2022

Like she has done in almost every game this season, senior outside hitter Savannah Matthews swung for the kill and made it in Friday's volleyball battle. This hit was "surreal." Matthews had become...

The Kent State Womens Volleyball team joins up for a huddle during a time-out. The Flashes played Cornell Sept. 3 but were beaten 3-1.

Swinging for success: Two front-row freshmen are killing it on volleyball court

John Hilber, Reporter October 9, 2022

When freshmen right side Mia Soerensen and outside hitter Mackenzie McGuire came to Kent State, they never thought they would play so much so soon. Out of the volleyball team’s 17 games this season,...

Kent State graduate student Alex Haffner (right) sets the ball for Danie Tyson (left).

MAC preseason poll no. 1 lives up to the hype as volleyball falls in first consecutive losses of season

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor September 25, 2022

Coach Haley Eckerman knew her volleyball team’s conference opener against Bowling Green was going to be tough. The Falcons, who were picked to finish first in the Mid-American Conference East, defeated...

New hitter on the block: Freshman Mackenzie McGuire brings fire to the court

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor September 4, 2022

Mackenzie McGuire’s veteran teammate thinks she’s already a Mid-American Conference threat. This freshman has played in each game of her volleyball team’s tournaments so far. After her performance...

New coach, new season, no problem as volleyball enters home opener

Isabella Schreck, Sports Editor September 2, 2022

A rebuilding year doesn’t sound bad to Haley Eckerman. Her volleyball team starts this year predicted to finish third in the Mid-American Conference. But Kent’s new head coach is not fazed. “It’s...

Kent State’s women’s volleyball team huddles together in celebration during a match against the University at Buffalo on Saturday, Oct. 23. Photo by Morgan McGrath.

Volleyball looks to win final regular season games after 4 consecutive 3-0 losses

Isabella Schreck Reporter November 7, 2021

After suffering two 3-0 losses this weekend to Bowling Green, the Kent State volleyball team must win all three of its final games to advance to the finals. The Flashes' chances of making the Mid-American...

Volleyball drops frustrating 5-set match to Ohio

Isabella Schreck Reporter October 21, 2021

Kent State volleyball coach Don Gromala sounded frustrated as he recounted his team’s five-set loss to Ohio Wednesday night.“It was tough,” Gromala said. “It was a good battle, but we just couldn't...

Senior defensive specialist Erin Gardner gets ready to serve against Ball State on Sept. 24 at Kent State. 

Volleyball wins big match against Ball State Friday but falls Saturday

Isabella Schreck Reporter September 26, 2021

On Friday, the Kent State volleyball team lost the first two sets, then fought off two match points in the third and beat the team with the best record in the league in five sets.But the next afternoon,...

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