What you need to know:

* Georgia State travels to New Orleans, La. for the Sun Belt Championship beginning Friday. The Panthers are poised to make a run as a No. 3 seed to defend last season’s Sun Belt title.

Head coach Jason Marshall and GSU (12-8, 4-3) open tournament play Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET against the winner of UT Arlington and Arkansas State.

The Panthers could play No. 7 Georgia Southern, No. 10 Appalachian State or No. 2 South Alabama in the conference semifinals. The semifinal match will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN3.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Georgia State heads to New Orleans for the Sun Belt Championship this weekend as hot as any team in the conference. The Panthers (12-8, 4-3) won five of their last six matches to close the regular season.

Head coach Jason Marshall and GSU have a lot of confidence heading into the conference tournament. The team begins its defense of last season’s Sun Belt title Friday at 11:30 a.m. versus UT Arlington or Arkansas State.

The Panthers lost at UT Arlington back on March 18th 4-1 and have not played Arkansas State this season.

Last season, the Panthers defeated UL Monroe, Troy and South Alabama to win the Sun Belt Championship. Georgia State may have to go through No. 1 ULM and No. 2 South Alabama to repeat as champions.

Georgia State has three players with double-digit wins including Arina Taluyenko, Damira Muminović and Anastasia Grosheva. Taluyenko has sparkled during her freshman campaign, going 14-3 on the season to lead GSU.

Junior Kristin Rehse has earned a 9-4 mark in singles playing exclusively in the No. 1 flight.

The Panthers will rely on Tarani Kamoe and Taluyenko to continue their strong doubles play. The pair has gone 11-7 including a 6-1 conference record.

First serve of the quarterfinals is set for Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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