What you need to know:
* This Thursday, Georgia State will host rival Georgia Southern inside the GSU Sports Arena. The Panthers currently hold onto the three seed in the conference tournament. GSU comes into a match with a record of 10-15 overall and 6-8 in the Sun Belt.
* Head coach Sally Polhamus and the Panthers are coming off another 1-1 weekend. GSU defeated Appalachian State in five sets for the second time this season before falling to Coastal Carolina in three frames. The Panthers will host the Eagles (13-17, 5-9) Thursday at 6 p.m.
* Kristina Stinson, Eliza Zachary, Sarah Renner, Celeste Friesen and company lead the Panthers into the final two matches of the regular season. Stinson and Zachary lead the GSU offense with 412 combined kills. Renner is averaging nearly nine assists per set, ranking fourth in the SBC. Friesen ranks seventh in the Sun Belt with 32 aces and leads the team with 352 digs.
ATLANTA – Georgia State court volleyball returns home for a showdown with archrival Georgia Southern. The Panthers (10-15, 6-8) will square off against the Eagles at 6 p.m. Thursday in what will be their 25th all-time meeting. GSU owns the series with a 15-9 record.
Head coach Sally Polhamus and the Panthers are coming off a productive weekend in which the team split its matches. GSU traveled out to Boone, N.C. where it edged App State in five sets before falling to powerhouse Coastal Carolina in three frames Sunday afternoon.
Coming into the match, senior outside hitter Kristina Stinson is averaging almost 2.5 kills per set. Stinson leads the Panthers with 135 kills in Sun Belt Conference play.
Underclassmen Anna Rantala and Celeste Friesen have combined for 342 digs in conference play. With almost nine assists per set, Sarah Renner has commanded the offense with help from Eliza Zachary’s 121 kills.
Under head coach Dustin Wood, Georgia Southern heads to Atlanta after snapping a five-match losing skid last Sunday with a five set victory over App State. The Eagles will rely on Katie Bange, Cathrine Murray and Lauren Reichard’s offensive firepower.
Redshirt senior Katie Bange averages 2.74 kills per set. The trio of Bange, Murray and Reichard has accounted for 808 kills on the season. Setters Kendra Koetter and Bange have combined for over 1,000 assists. Defensive specialist Alex Beecher has commanded the defense averaging nearly five digs per set.
The Panthers will look to pick up their 16th all-time win against Georgia Southern before traveling to Statesboro. State will battle Southern again to conclude the regular season on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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