ATLANTA- In the five weeks leading up to the 2018 season we will honor and focus on one of our five seniors that have given so much to our program during their time at Georgia State. This week’s spotlight is on Shae Chapman.
Shae Chapman is a middle blocker and right side hitter from Houston, Texas. Chapman came to Atlanta following a successful high school career at Cypress Falls in which she helped her team to district championships in each of her final two seasons. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2014 Nike Classic.
Chapman made her presence felt in her first season in Atlanta totaling 107 kills, good for fourth among all Panthers. The Texan was second on the team with 54 blocks and fourth on the squad with 138 points. Chapman put up a season high nine kills against Appalachian State, and would later equal the mark against rival Georgia Southern. She recorded five blocks in three matches, and reached double-digit points four times.
Injuries would shorten Chapman’s sophomore season, as the outside hitter would be forced to sit out the first nine matches of the season. However, Shae would be a staple in the lineup when healthy, playing in 18 of the Panther’s final 19 matches. Even after missing nine matches, Chapman still finished third on the team with 32 total blocks. She recorded four blocks in a win over Appalachian State, and would tie a career high with five stops in a GSU win at Troy.
During her junior season, Chapman was once again slowed by injuries, but a difference maker when in the lineup. She finished her third year as a Panther with 76 kills and 22 blocks in just seventeen matches. Shae set career highs with 10 kills on November 4th against Appalachian State and six blocks in a November 8th win over Georgia Southern. The Lone Star State native recorded at least eight kills in each of GSU’s final three matches, and had double-digit point totals in three Sun Belt matchups.
“Shae is a player that has incredible potential and the ability to take over a game physically and emotionally” said Panther head coach Sally Polhamus.
Entering her senior season, Shae leads all current Panthers with 104 blocks. She is fourth in matches played and kills with 55 and 223 respectively.
“My time at Georgia State has meant the world to me”, said Chapman. “The people I have met and the relationships I have built with my teammates and coaches will remain with me long after my college career, and I will cherish them forever.”
Chapman has been committed to excellence in the classroom as well as on the court. She was named to the Spring 2017 Academic Honor Roll, and the Fall 2017 Dean’s List.
When asked about her favorite moment as a Panther, Chapman cited last years sweep over Georgia Southern, “I get pumped up just thinking about it”. As for this year, “the goal is for Georgia State to take the Sun Belt Championship.”
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