ATLANTA- Georgia State beach volleyball ends the season at No. 11 in the final AVCA Beach Poll and No. 12 in the DiG Magazine Poll. It is the fourth straight season that GSU finishes the year ranked in the top eleven of the AVCA Poll, and is the third best finish in program history.
The Panthers went 24-12 on the season, making 2018 the second winningest year in GSU Beach history. The team’s 22 regular season victories tied a program record. Georgia State was 9-9 against a tough CCSA conference that saw seven of it’s ten teams finish in the AVCA top-twenty.
Over the course of the season, GSU tallied six wins against teams that would finish in the AVCA top-twenty. The Panthers would also put together a perfect season at home, finishing with a 5-0 record at the GSU Beach Complex. Four of the five home wins came as 5-0 sweeps.
In match play, the Panthers won 62% of their matches for an impressive 112-68 record on the year. State had winning records in flights one through four, led by a 26-10 record in both the two and three flights.
Individually, nine Georgia State athletes earned double digit win totals on the season. Junior Brooke Weiner led the way with a 26-10 overall record. Tiffany Creamer (25), Annika Van Gunst (23), Teegan Van Gunst (22), and Georgia Johnson (21) joined Weiner in eclipsing the 20-win mark.
Creamer and Wiener earned a spot on the CCSA All-Tournament Team, and were awarded AVCA Top Flight honors. The duo, joined by the Van Gunst sisters, represented GSU at the USAV Collegiate Beach Championships in California earlier this month.
State was stellar in close matches, going 8-4 in duals that ended with a 3-2 final score. In matches that went to a deciding third set, GSU was 31-19 with Johnson and Olivia Stasevich putting in an incredible 10-0 mark in third sets.
Georgia State received outstanding play all year from their five-athlete freshman class. All five freshmen collected winning records on the season. Eden Hawes led all freshmen with 11 wins on the year.
The Panthers also excelled in the classroom, as 15 on the team earned individual academic awards. As a team, GSU Beach recorded a 3.68 GPA for the spring semester.
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