Eastern Illinois volleyball will report to fall camp in the coming weeks with the 2022 season opener set for Saturday, Aug. 20 with a home exhibition match against Missouri St. Louis. Third year head coach Sarah Thomas has added several new faces to the Panthers line-up as they get set to return to the court.
Set to join EIU this fall are outside hitters Lilli Amettis and Tori Mohesky.
Amettis (5’9″) is an outside hitter from Forsyth, Illinois that played at Maroa Forsyth High School and club volleyball for Illini Elite. As a senior she was named the Macon County Player of the Year while earning first team All-Conference honors . She would finish her prep career with 364 kills and 216 digs serving as team captain as a senior. Amettis was named to two in-season All-Tournament teams during her senior campaign. Named the team MVP as a senior, Amettis helped guide Maroa -Forsyth to a Regional Championship as the team reached the IHSA Class 2A Super Sixteen losing in the sectional finals. A versatile athlete, Amettis lettered in both basketball and track advancing to the IHSA Class 1A State Track Championships in the 300 meter hurdles and on two relay teams Here 4×100 relay team placed second in the state.
“Lilli’s success as a multi-sport athlete brings an incredible dimension of motor skills, dynamism, and versatility,” said Thomas. “I am thrilled about the depth that she will provide in both pins. It is exciting to add another local talent to our program.”
Mohesky (5’11”) is an outside hitter from Breese, Illinois that played at Mater Dei Catholic High School and club volleyball for Rockwood Thunder. Mohesky led her high school team to 34 wins as a senior as the team finished fourth at the IHSA Class 2A State Championship. She collected 475 kills and 295 digs as a senior earning first team All-State honors. Mohesky capped her prep career with more than 1,000 kills finishing as the career and single season record holder for kills at Mater Dei Catholic. As a sophomore she helped lead the school to a state runner-up finish while posting an undefeated record during a COVID shortened junior season. During her senior year Mohesky was named to the All-Tournament team at four in-season tournaments including at the Effingham Crossroads Classic where she led the team to a tournament championship. At the club level Mohesky helped lead her team to a first place finish at the Boston Volleyball Festival with a second place finish at the JVA World Cha long. Her club team added third place finishes at the USA 18 Open Nationals and Winter Volleyball Championship.
“Tori comes from a winning background on her high school and club team,” said Thomas. “Winning an IHSA state volleyball championship and multiple open level club tournaments, her ability to know what it takes to win is a high level addition to our program!”
EIU will be announcing its final two incoming players next Thursday as the Panthers report for fall camp. Last week EIU announced the addition of setter Catalina Rochaix (5’9″) and middle blocker Kate Dean (6’3″).