What you need to know:

*Georgia State dropped a conference match 3-1 to Troy Saturday night.

* Meisheia Griffin and Sydney Stroud both set career highs in blocks.

*GSU is back on the road next week for matches at Louisiana and UL Monroe.  


ATLANTA, GA.- Georgia State fell 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-16) despite a career high in blocks from both Meisheia Griffin and Sydney Stroud. Griffin would take part in 12 blocks on the evening while Stroud put down nine attempts.

Griffin and Stroud entered the evening ranked second and seventh in the Sun Belt respectively in blocks per set. The Panthers would finish the night with a season high 18 blocks as a team.

In the opening set the Panthers set the tone defensively holding Troy to just .025 hitting en route to a 25-20 win. GSU took control of the set during a 7-0 run, during which Meisheia Griffin recorded six straight blocks. The Panthers finished with eight team blocks and 17 digs in the frame.

Set two would be a close battle that found the teams tied 19-19 late. Troy would win the next seven points to take a 25-19 win and tie up the match. Crystal Lee recorded four kills in the set.

The Trojans jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead in the third frame, but Georgia State would fight back to cut the lead to 18-17. Despite three kills and six blocks from Stroud the Panthers would drop the set 25-22.

Morgan Hash would record five kills hitting .364 and Anna Rantala would dig four attempts in the fourth set,  but Troy would pull away late for a 25-16.

One night after recording a career high 25 digs, Lauren Bandera dug 16 balls to lead the Panthers. Crystal Lee’s 12 kills were a team high.

GSU is back on the road next week for a pair of matches in the Pelican State. The Panthers will visit UL Monroe on Thursday and face off against Louisiana Friday night. Both matches will have 7:30 pm start times.

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