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ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia State volleyball team fell to 1-1
on the season with a 3-1 loss to Georgia
Southern in their second match at the Benson Hospitality Bulldog Invitational
at the University of Georgia Saturday. Georgia Southern improved to 1-1 with
Freshman Sydney Hunsley led the way for Georgia State with
nine kills. Junior libero Emily Averbeck led all participants with 24 digs in
the match and freshman setter Natalia Nieto was just two digs shy of a
double-double as she posted eight digs to go along with 16 assists.
Meredith Paskert led the Eagles with a match-high 15 kills
while teammates Moriah Bellissimo and Jamie DeRatt each posted a double-double
in kills and digs.
Georgia Southern took the crucial first set, 26-24, thanks to a late
rally. Loren Byerly led the way for the Panthers in the first set with four
kills while Averbeck earned eight digs.
The Panthers struggled offensively in the second set as they
fell to the Eagles 25-12. Hunsley led GSU in scoring in the second frame with
GSU fought back hard to take set three, 25-23. The Eagles scored
first, but a kill by Byerly, followed by two offensive miscues by the Eagles gave
the Panthers a 3-1 lead. Georgia State never looked back in the third set as
they held on to take the third set.
Georgia Southern rallied, however, to take the third set,
25-9, and the match 3-1.
Georgia State will face the Slovenian national team in
exhibition Saturday at 1 p.m. GSU concludes play at the Bulldog Invitational
Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Panthers face the host, the Georgia Bulldogs.