What you need to know:
*GSU dropped a pair of matches Saturday in Chicago.
*The Panthers are now 2-3 on the season.
*The Panthers will be back in action tomorrow for the tournament finale against Furman.
CHICAGO- Georgia State volleyball dropped a pair of matches Saturday in the Rambler Challenge. The Panthers fell by a score of 3-0 to both Marshall and Loyola-Chicago.
GSU fell in the first half of the doubleheader 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-21) to Marshall. The Panthers dropped the match despite holding the Herd to a .187 hitting percentage in the match.
In the first frame, the teams battled to an 8-8 tie, but Marshall would use a pair of 4-0 runs to distance themselves from the Panthers. The Herd’s lead would reach eight at 21-13, eventually taking the opening set 25-20.
The Panthers roared out to a 11-6 lead early in the second set, but Marshall would chip away to earn a 14-14 tie. The Herd would then pull away to a 25-19 set two win.
Marshall would put the match away with a 25-21 win in the third set. Bright spots for the Panthers included Kinkaid Padgett tying a career high with 15 digs and Sydney Stroud reaching the double-digit kill mark for the third straight match.
GSU would not fair better in the second match of the day falling, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18 in straight sets to Loyola-Chicago.
In the nightcap, the Panthers got off to a hot start offensively hitting .333 in the first set. However, Loyola would take a tight first frame 25-23.
Georgia State would get out to a 9-4 lead in the second set behind four quick kills from Shae Chapman. The Ramblers would surge back and ride a late 7-0 run to a 25-17 second set win.
Loyola would hold the momentum into the third set for a 25-18 win. In the match, Madelyn Ott stood out with eight kills and two blocks while hitting .368. Shae Chapman would also add eight kills, hitting .462 on the evening. Crystal Lee’s 11 kills were a match high for GSU.
Georgia State is back on the court tomorrow looking to close out the tournament strong against Furman. The Panthers and the Paladins will get things going at 1:00 pm.
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