What you need to know:
* On Friday night, Georgia State went the full distance of five sets against Appalachian State. In the end, the Panthers took the match over the Mountaineers by a final of 10-25, 25-22, 11-25, 25-22 and 17-15.
* GSU improved to 6-7 in the Sun Belt and 10-14 overall. The Panthers’ win secures the second place spot in the East Division. App State falls to 3-22 and 1-11 in the Sun Belt.
* Freshman Morgan Hash and Sydney Stroud propelled the Panthers to victory with 21 combined kills. Sarah Renner ran the offense with 36 kills and Celeste Friesen led the defense with 16 digs. Morgan Hash and Anna Rantala totaled 24 combined digs to supplement the defensive effort.
BOONE, N.C. – Georgia State rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take down the Appalachian State Mountaineers in five sets. The Panthers took the match by a final of 10-25, 25-22, 11-25, 25-22 and 17-15.
Head coach Sally Polhamus and GSU improve to 10-14 overall and 6-7 in the Sun Belt. App State falls to 3-22 and 1-11 in the SBC.
Despite falling behind two sets to one after a dropping the third frame 11-25, the Panthers battled back to take the match in five sets. An ASU attacking error and Kristina Stinson’s seventh kill from Sarah Renner sealed the victory for the Panthers.
Georgia State got some much-needed production from freshmen Morgan Hash and Sydney Stroud. The two combined for 21 kills carry the Panthers. Seniors Kristina Stinson and Eliza Zachary finished with seven kills apiece.
Sophomore setter Sarah Renner added 36 assists and four Panthers tallied double-digit kill totals. Celeste Friesen, Anna Rantala and Morgan Hash led the Panther defense with 16, 13 and 11 digs respectively. Zachary and Hash also combined for 10 block assists on the night.
The Mountaineers made GSU fight all evening long with four players registering double-digit kill totals. Senior middle blocker Ashton Gregory posted 14 kills and three Mountaineers recorded 11 kills to lead the Mountaineer offense.
Four Mountaineers also earned double-digit totals in digs including Sloan Evans and Kati Stammen. The outside hitter and libero kept ASU competitive with 34 combined digs.
The Panthers will look to continue the momentum from their sixth conference victory into the team’s match on Sunday versus Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers have not dropped a single set in their last six matches.
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