What you need to know:
*Georgia State defeated Georgia Southern in five sets Saturday night.
*Morgan Hash led the way with a career high 23 kills.
*The win gave GSU another half point in the Rivalry Series standings.
ATLANTA- For the second time in just four days Georgia State volleyball defeated Georgia Southern in five sets (25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 18-25,15-10) ; this time led by sophomore outside hitter Morgan Hash. Hash finished the night with a career high 23 kills while hitting .381, along with two service aces and four digs.
The win gave GSU a clean sweep of Southern on the year and another half point in the Rivalry Series standings. State now leads the series 6.5-0.5.
“This was such an emotional match”, said head coach Sally Polhamus. “Last match of the season, hosting Southern, and our team came out in the first two sets and played high level volleyball.”
Georgia Southern led for the majority of the first set, but with the score 22-20 Eagles a kill by Shae Chapman would shift momentum. The Panthers would win five of the next six points and take a 25-23 first set.
A trio of four-point runs propelled GSU to a 25-18 win in the second stanza. The Panthers hit an impressive .406 in the set, lead by Hash’s seven kills.
Georgia Southern would respond and win a third set that saw eight ties and three lead changes. The Eagles momentum would carry into the fourth set where they would capture a victory hitting .304. GSU took the final frame in wire-to-wire fashion.
“Morgan Hash led the way with her 23 kills. We have been talking about go to players and she really stepped up with Sydney Stroud. Katie Creger was incredible as a stabilizer both Wednesday and today for us.”
Hash was not the only Panther to have a big night. Sydney Stroud posted 11 kills with a .364 hitting percentage. Crystal Lee also had 11 kills and added nine digs. Celeste Friesen tallied 28 digs to go with four assists. For the second straight match Katie Creger played big in the middle putting up seven kills to go with her five blocks.
The Panthers finished the season with a 10-19 record. Their 4-12 Sun Belt record tied them for eighth in the conference.