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Anna Rantala
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Anna Rantala 2372055
Position: Right Side/Outside Hitter
Height: 5'10"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Jyväskylä, Finland
High School: Kuortaneen

Academic Honors

  • Spring 2017 Athletic Director's Honor Roll
  • Spring 2016 Athletic Director's Honor Roll


Had a breakout year as a sophomore ... Played in all 28 matches and 97 sets including 21 starts ... Recorded 125 kills and served 36 aces on the year ... Total of 36 aces was tied for first on GSU and tied for third in the Sun Belt ... Rantala's average of 0.37 aces per set ranked first in the Sun Belt and 65th in the nation ... Averaged nearly 2.5 digs per set and racked up the second-most digs on GSU with 241 on the year ...Also added 24 block assists ... Notched double-digit kill totals five times including 12 kills against Texas State on Oct. 21 ... Posted two double-doubles including 10 double-digit dig totals ... Earned a season-high 21 digs on Sept. 2 versus William & Mary ... Led the Panthers with five matches of at least four service aces including five aces against Appalachian State on Nov. 4.


Played in 23 of GSU's 26 matches as a freshman and made an impact on defense… Recorded 54 kills, 50 digs and 26 total blocks… Had a season-high six kills in her GSU debut against Western Carolina on Aug. 28… Earned 23 digs at South Alabama on Oct. 3 and totaled four blocks on two different occasions.


Competed in Finland for Jyvaslentis club ... Named MVP of club team in 2012 ... Played on Finland's juniors national team and was team captain 2011-13 ... All-Star for Finnish nationals in 2011 ... Led team to bronze at the Finnish U20 Nationals.


Anna Paulina Rantala was born Nov. 6, 1996 in Jyvaskyla, Finland to Mika and Sirkku Rantala ... Has an older sister, Maija, and younger sister, Helmi ... Majoring in marketing.

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