What you need to know:

* After a difficult weekend out west, Georgia State travels to Deland, Fla. to compete in the Stetson Beach Invitational this weekend.

* The Panthers (6-4, 2-0 CCSA) will play a total of five matches in two days. On Friday, GSU meets Jacksonville State at 9 a.m., New Mexico at noon and Morehead State at 2 p.m. The team will finish off the tournament Saturday with host Stetson at 10 a.m. and FAU at 1 p.m. All times are eastern.

* Looking to snap a four-match losing streak, GSU will then travel to Columbia, S.C. on March 25th for the Gamecock Invitational.


DELAND, Fla. – The Georgia State beach volleyball team will look to get back on track as it travels to compete in the Stetson Beach Invitational. The Panthers are set to play five matches in two days down in Deland, Fla.

“This will be another challenging weekend as we face three programs for the first time and two programs that we battle closely every time we meet,” head coach Beth Van Fleet said Thursday. “Our California trip gave us the opportunity to focus on grit and resilience and allowed us to test our systems against other top-tier programs. We look forward to advancing that growth this weekend as we head to Florida.”

The Panthers take on Jacksonville State, New Mexico and Morehead State on Friday before finishing off the tournament with Stetson and FAU on Saturday.

In GSU’s four years of beach volleyball, the program has a rich history with host Stetson and FAU. The Panthers and Hatters are an even 3-3 against each other. Georgia State owns a 6-1 record versus Florida Atlantic.

So far this season, Haley Pa’akaula and LeeAnn Starr lead the Panthers with a 7-3 overall record in the No. 2 and 3 flights.

Delaney Rohan and Chelsea Ross have also been consistent in compiling a 6-4 record in the No. 1 flight. Playing primarily in the No. 5 spot, Allie Elson and Amie Held have shown promising chemistry. As a pair, Elson and Held rank third on the Panthers with five total victories.

First serve between GSU and JSU is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

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