Georgia State outlasted South Alabama 3-2 Friday night in a thrilling affair at GSU Sports Arena. This marks GSU’s first conference victory of the season.
Three Panthers notched double-digit kills behind Kampbell Hehr’s 42 assists during the contest. Senior Madelyn Ott posted 13 kills, her season best. Meisheia Griffin led the team in blocks (7) and kills (16). Sydney Stroud extended her double-digit kill streak to seven straight games.
South Alabama would take the opening set 25-20. The squads were tight in the beginning, but the Jaguars would take advantage of a GSU serving error and go on a 6-1 run in the middle of the set. Freshman Julianna Truscott notched four kills to try to close the gap, but the Jaguars would hold on to take the frame.
A kill by Columbus native Meisheia Griffin would put Georgia State in the lead early in the second. South Alabama would find holes shallow in Georgia State territory to keep in striking distance. With the game knotted at 26-26, an ace by Kampbell Hehr would give GSU the edge. The Panthers took the set 28-26.
GSU would drop the fourth set 25-18. The Panthers could not slow down the outside attack and South Alabama’s offense would post a .361 hitting percentage in the frame.
The Panthers rallied from a four point deficit to tie the fifth and deciding set at 7-7. The conference rivals would continue to battle back and forth. Georgia State took the set 21-19 behind clutch performances by Griffin and Stroud. Griffin put down four kills while Stroud recorded three in the final frame. A big block from Ott would secure the Georgia State win.
GSU will look for another win tomorrow evening as they take on Troy at 7:00 p.m. For more news and notes follow @GeorgiaStateVB on Twitter.