ATLANTA – The Georgia State University volleyball team will honor senior Jamiee Freeman prior to its season finale against Towson Sunday at 1 p.m. at the GSU Sports Arena. The Panthers will be playing their final matches as members of the Colonial Athletic Association as they host Delaware Friday at 7 p.m. and the aforementioned Tigers Sunday.
Freeman, the Panther’s lone senior, currently leads the Panthers with 171 kills and is ranked sixth all-time at GSU in attacks (3,075), fourth in career digs (1,310), and seventh in career digs per set (3.23).
Friday's match has also been designated "Champions of Character" Night. GSU Faculty and Staff are invited to attend and will receive free mousepads and tablet covers.
“Jamiee (Freeman) has always been a solid worker,” said head coach Tami Audia. “Ever since I got here, she caught my eye from the beginning with her work ethic. She is the type of person who gets things done without a lot of words and I am glad that this year’s freshmen have had a chance to see that. Of course we’re going to miss her defense and attacking because she is an all-around player; but we’re definitely going to miss her leadership.”
GSU (4-18, 2-8 CAA) is coming off an 0-2 road trip after dropping two 3-0 decisions to Hofstra and Northeastern last weekend.
Freshman Dede Bohannon has had several strong outings offensively and is currently second in scoring with 170 kills on the season. In fact, Freeman is the only upperclassman in the top four in the kills category with freshmen Sydney Hunsley and Eliza Zachary rounding out the top four.
“Our freshmen class’s talent level is huge for this team,” said Audia. “I hope for the next three years, that these girls will improve and embrace a leadership role next season. In the future we won’t have to rely on freshmen as much but rather groom freshmen with a core group of upperclassmen.”
Zachary has been a dominant blocker for the Panthers all season and her 88 total blocks not only leads the team but is the second-most in the CAA. Junior libero Emily Averbeck continues to lead GSU and is ranked 31st nationally with 5.30 digs per set.
Friday’s opponent, Delaware (12-13, 6-3 CAA), defeated the Panthers 3-0 on September 29 in Newark, Del. Alissa Alker has posted 271 and 295 digs kills to lead the Blue Hens this season.
Setter Mackenzie Olsen has set up 885 assists on the season.
The Blue Hens have won four out of their last five outings but fell to Towson 3-1 in their last outing on October 26.
Towson (22-3, 9-0 CAA) has won six of its last eight matches including five straight victories. The Tigers pinned a 3-0 loss on the Panthers on September 28 in Towson, Md.
Katy Buck leads the Tigers in kills with 292 and is one of the more versatile players in the conference with 193 digs on the season. Aubrey Kirven has set up 1,049 assists on the season for the Tigers.
“We’ve been watching a video of our matches against both of these teams and we are night-and-day better than we were when we played them last time,” said Audia. “Delaware is young but very talented and Towson runs a really fast offense. We don’t have to change a lot of things, we just have to execute.”
Both matches will feature live stats and video that can be found at GeorgiaStateSports.com.