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Morehead State volleyball's Olivia Lohmeier, Bridget Bessler and Abby Hulsman have been chosen to the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference volleyball team, while the defending conference champions have been voted to repeat the feat this fall.

The Eagles garnered 17 first-place votes to handily be the preseason favorites. MSU also led the conference in preseason individual selections.

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With football season just a little more than a month away, Morehead State is gearing up for what could be a very special season. With a plethora of returning talent, the Eagle program has landed six Preseason All-PFL selections, honoring five different players.

Wideout BJ Byrd earned a spot as one of the league's top wide receivers and was tabbed the best all-purpose athlete as well. Also honored on offense were quarterback Mark Pappas and lineman Cam Marriott. Defensive awards went to lineman Vaughn Taylor, Jr., and linebacker Vincent Winey.

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Micah Johnson, a standout receiver himself with NFL playing experience and 10+ years collegiate coaching on his resume, has joined the Morehead State staff as the wide receivers coach.

Johnson played three years in the NFL after a standout all-conference career at South Dakota State. He has made coaching stops at Quincy (Ill.), Minnesota-Morris, Case Western Reserve (Ohio) and Grinnell (Iowa), as well as two state titles at the high school level.

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Having a solid year on the football field and a solid career in the classroom can indeed earn one a prestigious honor.

Morehead State senior linebacker Cameron Barrett is one of just 54 student-athletes who have earned spots on the 2021 Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He is one of only five selected among the 54 from the Pioneer Football League.

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Sporting 250-plus career victories, four National Tournament appearances and one Women's Basketball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year honor, Cayla Petree has been tabbed to head the Morehead State women's basketball program.

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The longest tenured assistant coach for Morehead State men's basketball has been elevated to Associate Head Coach. Jonathan Mattox, who began his Eagle coaching career as graduate manager before rising in the ranks, is the new Associate Head Coach with Preston Spradlin.

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Morehead State baseball freshmen Jackson Feltner, Ryley Preece and Luke Helton have been honored with postseason all-conference awards with Feltner earning the program's first-ever Freshman of the Year accolade.

In addition, Feltner was tabbed the OVC's top first baseman, earning First-Team honors as well as a nod to the All-Freshman Team. Preece and Helton were also selected to the All-Freshman Team.

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Morehead State Rifle has added an eight-time All-American and former Olympian Thrine (pronounced TREE-nah) Kane as a volunteer assistant coach.

"I am pleased to announce that Thrine will be joining the rifle program as assistant coach," said head coach Alan Joseph, who coached Kane at Xavier. "She will add a wide depth of experience to the program."

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Morehead State head women's basketball coach Greg Todd has resigned his position to accept the head coaching position at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky.

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After leading the Morehead State men's basketball program to national prominence in 2020-21 with an Ohio Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, the commitment to the future of the program has been solidified with a contract extension for head coach Preston Spradlin.

The extension will keep Spradlin as the Eagles' head coach through the 2024-25 season.

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Following one of the most prolific days in Morehead State baseball history, senior catcher Jack Gardner has been voted the OVC Player of the Week.

It is the first weekly honor in his career and the second Player of the Week for the program in 2021, joining Ryley Preece's accolade on April 12.

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Morehead State baseball launched four home runs, including two from senior catcher Jon Burghardt, as the Eagles topped Murray State 11-6 at Allen Field Sunday in a non-Ohio Valley Conference game.

The Eagles (23-16) won three of four from the Racers (22-20) this weekend and have now topped Murray in seven of the previous eight meetings.

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Morehead State track competed in its final meet before the OVC Championship with a performance in the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky. Kilani Harvey led the Eagles with a pair of record-breaking runs as she bested her own marks in the 100m and 200m events.

Harvey started the weekend by shaving .11 seconds off her old 100m record with a time of 12.04 seconds before running the 200m in 24.67 to best her old mark of 25.09 in the event.

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Morehead State senior cheerleader Raven Marti is already in a class of her very own. Now she's ready to go out in style in helping lead Morehead State to even more national titles.

The only college athlete to ever win an All-Girl team title, All-Girl Partner Stunt title, Coed Team title, and Coed Partner Stunt title, Marti is looking to leave a lasting legacy on the program known as the #DoanDynasty.

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Trinity Spear is a sophomore outfielder on the Morehead State University softball team, originally from Snellville, Ga., outside of Atlanta. She is new addition to the team as she transferred in from USC Upstate in the Fall.

While being new to the squad, she quickly found herself being an essential player on the team, starting in 29 of 30 games this season. So far she has made an impact in more ways than one.

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Morehead State freshman first baseman Jackson Feltner launched three home runs, including two in the opening-game win, and senior second baseman Bryce Hensor totaled four hits on the day as the Eagle baseball team split a double dip at Jacksonville State Saturday.

The Eagles pitched a shutout and won 3-0 in the opener before seeing the home team score six times in the sixth after a lengthy weather delay to hold on and hand MSU a 9-5 setback in the nightcap.

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Before the 2020 football season, moved to the spring of 2021 this year due to COVID-19, the official poll in voting on how teams would finish in the Pioneer League had the Morehead State Eagles last - seventh place.

One of the program's core slogans is: Toughness. Effort. Discipline. No Excuses. Finish. Now more than ever, that slogan rang true as the Eagles far exceeded what many told them they could accomplish. MSU finished 4-3, including 4-2 in the PFL, finishing in a tie for second place and came within literal points of winning a championship.

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After a record-setting performance in the season finale against Butler, Morehead State football senior linebacker Vincent Winey has been named Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week, while teammate BJ Byrd has been tabbed as the league's co-Special Teams Player of the Week.

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All 10 Morehead State hitters who appeared in Sunday's 14-4 victory over Eastern Illinois had at least one hit and scored at least once, including freshman first baseman Jackson Feltner who finished 4-of-5 with a career-high five RBI at Allen Field.

The Eagles, who recorded three wins over the Panthers in the same season for the first time in program history, improved to 18-13 overall. The game did not count, however, in the OVC standings. Feltner's two-run double in the bottom of the seventh ended the game early as the 10-run rule on the final day of a series was invoked.

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Led by a school single-game record 23 total tackles from senior linebacker Vincent Winey, plus three touchdowns from senior wide receiver BJ Byrd, Morehead State football closed the 2021 spring season on a high note with a 28-18 victory over Butler at Jayne Stadium.

The Eagles finished the Pioneer League slate 4-2 and coupled with San Diego's loss to Valparaiso, MSU finished in a tie for second place. That was the highest finish since 2015. MSU also closed the campaign with a winning record at 4-3 and finished with a perfect home record (3-0) for the first time since 1949.

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Carrying the legacies of each of the alumni who came before them and continuing the groundwork laid to bring the program to the heights it reached in 2020-21, Morehead State volleyball continued to soar Wednesday afternoon, earning the program's first NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship victory.

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Morehead State's Ryley Preece had a week to remember, and his prolific offensive output at Austin Peay has earned him the latest Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Player of the Week honor.

A native of Paintsville, Ky., and a Johnson Central High School alum, Preece helped Morehead State win a series at Austin Peay for the first time since 2015 and move into first place early here in the OVC race.

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Tray Hollowell, a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., and a four-year standout at perennial Southern Conference power Wofford, has chosen Morehead State for his final season of eligibility. Hollowell will graduate transfer and be ready to play for the Eagles in 2021-22.

Hollowell helped Wofford to a pair of postseason appearances in his four years, including winning a game in the NCAA Tournament and going 30-5 in 2018-19.

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Kilani Harvey is a freshman sprinter from Orlando, Fla., on the women's track and field team. Although she is a transfer from Highland Community College (Kan.), the NCAA granted all student-athletes an extra year of eligibility, so she isn't a rookie.

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After claiming the program's first Ohio Valley Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships, Morehead State Volleyball opponent and match information has been released for the upcoming NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.

The Eagles matchup with the Creighton Bluejays in an opening-round match slated for 3:30 p.m. ET at the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The match features in the upper left quadrant of the 48-team bracket with the winner of the match advancing to face No. 8 overall seed Florida.

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Junior quarterback Mark Pappas threw for a career-high 382 yards and two scores and rushed for a third, while the Morehead State defense intercepted four passes and returned one 75 yards for a TD as the Eagles claimed a 35-14 road victory at Butler Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles improved to 2-3 overall and evened their Pioneer League mark at 2-2, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-4 with the same PFL scorecard.

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After visiting SIUE rallied for a six-run outburst in the ninth inning to claim game one 12-8, Morehead State baseball doubled that output in a single frame in game two today as the Eagles used a 12-run sixth-inning to defeat the Cougars 13-8 and win the series at Allen Field two games to one.

Morehead State, which has only lost three OVC home series since 2018, improved to 12-11 overall and 4-2 in the OVC. The Cougars are now 12-12 and 6-6.

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While it wasn't the result the Morehead State men's basketball program had hoped for, the Eagles fought to the finish in a physical battle with West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament first round at Lucas Oil Stadium Friday night.

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Morehead State head coach Preston Spradlin prefers his team not be labeled as a potential Cinderella team in this year's NCAA Tournament. No, he prefers if a "slipper" fits that it be more of a work boot.

The Eagles' hard work has gotten them into their first NCAA Tournament since 2011, with the 14th-seeded Eagles facing third-seeded West Virginia in the Midwest Region Friday at 9:50 p.m. ET.

MSU and WVU will battle in Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the Final Four. The game will take place on the south court.

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Awards keep coming in for the Morehead State men's basketball program. Today, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its all-district teams with freshman Johni Broome being named First-Team All-District 18, and Preston Spradlin earning the district's Coach of the Year.

District 18 includes the Ohio Valley Conference.

Broome, the OVC Freshman of the Year, helped lead the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010-11 by ranking first among conference freshmen in points, rebounds and blocked shots.

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