What you need to know:
*Georgia State knocked off Tulane and South Carolina in the opening round of the CCSA Tournament Friday afternoon in Emerson, Georgia.
*Three Panther pairs were 2-0 on the afternoon, and Brooke Weiner broke the 90 win mark tying her for the most wins in program history.
*GSU will face the highest remaining seed at 3:00 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinal round.
ATLANTA- No. 16 Georgia State beach volleyball defeated Tulane and No. 13 South Carolina while fighting off rain showers in pool play to open the CCSA Tournament Friday afternoon in Emerson, Georgia. The Panthers downed both teams by a 4-1 score and earned a bye in tomorrow’s single elimination tournament.
“Our team has spent a lot of time competing in rainy and cold conditions this season and have taken a liking to it,” said Beth Van Fleet. “I am proud of the grit, passion, and purpose we gained today and look forward to playing in more storms tomorrow.”
All five Panther pairs won at least one match on the day, while the pairings of Brooke Weiner and Kate Novack, Ashley McGinn and Kelly Dorn, and Georgia Johnson and Olivia Stasevich went 2-0. The two wins were numbers 89 and 90 for senior Brooke Weiner tying her with Delaney Rohan for most in GSU history.
In the day’s first dual Weiner and Novack pounced on the Green Wave with a two set win on court three. McGinn and Dorn would follow suit winning in straight sets on court five.
Becky Tresham and Maddie Gordon would comeback late in the second game to win on court four and clinch the match for GSU. Olivia Stasevich and Georgia Johnson would win in three games to give the Panthers their fourth point in the 4-1 win.
The Panthers fell behind the Gamecocks 1-0 losing on court four in two sets to open the second dual. Eden Hawes and Maddy Delmonte would erase the deficit downing South Carolina’s number one pair in straight sets.
The Panthers and Gamecocks would split sets on courts two, three, and five sending each court to a deciding third game. Weiner and Novack would dominate the third set winning 15-5 to give GSU a 2-1 lead. McGinn and Dorn grinded out a 15-12 win to clinch the match over South Carolina just moments before Johnson and Stasevich put the icing on the victory with a 15-12 win of their own.
“We have been working to compete with courage consistently to minimize our unforced errors- especially in the third set,” said coach Beth Van Fleet. “In post season play each school is playing at their peak and it is exciting to watch the adjustment each pair makes. South Carolina nd Tulane are both strong teams that are well trained and highly motivated. I think all three of our programs get better each time we face off in the sand.”
Georgia State will look to keep momentum going in the quarterfinal round tomorrow afternoon. The Panthers will face the highest remaining seed at 3:00 p.m.
All matches will be played at the Rally Volleyball Courts at the LakePoint Sporting Community in Cartersville, Georgia. Parking is available at 163 LakePoint Parkway, Cartersville, Georgia 30121 for $5 per car.
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