What you need to know:
*The Panthers are headed to Chicago for three games at the Rambler Challenge.
*GSU will face Marshall at 11:00 am Friday morning and Loyola-Chicago at 8:00 pm Friday evening. The Panthers will close out the tournament against Furman on Saturday at 1:00 pm.
*Georgia State is holding opponents to a .099 hitting percentage after one week of play.
ATLANTA- Georgia State volleyball is back on the road this weekend, hoping to ride the momentum of a 2-1 opening week performance in Starkville. This weekend the Panthers will head to Chicago for the Rambler Challenge to face host Loyola-Chicago, Marshall, and Furman.
GSU got the 2018 season started on the right foot with wins over Mississippi Valley and Mississippi State last weekend. It is the second time in three years that Georgia State has started the season 2-1.
The Panthers will begin the weekend with an 11:00 am start against the 1-3 Marshall Thundering Herd Friday morning. GSU continues play against Loyola-Chicago (1-2) at 8:00 pm Friday before Saturday’s tournament closing match with Furman (0-3) at 1:00 pm.
Friday will provide a pair of firsts for Georgia State volleyball, as the Panthers have never faced Marshall or Loyola in regular season play. Saturday will mark the twelth time GSU has faced Furman, and the first since 2008. The Panthers hold a 7-4 series lead over the Paladins.
The weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for senior Crystal Lee. The outside hitter was a standout at Thornton Fractional South, located just six miles south of Chicago. Lee led her high school to a Regionals championship in 2013.
The Lansing, Illinois native is GSU’s active leader in kills, digs, and service aces. This season, Lee has already recorded 29 digs, 25 kills, and five blocks in 10 sets of play.
Lee was not the only Panther to fill up the stat sheet in week one. Through three contests, Sydney Stroud has averaged a double-double with 35 kills and 33 digs. Fellow junior, Morgan Hash leads the Panther offense with 36 kills and 3.27 kills per set. Setters Sarah Renner and Carley Eiken both averaged above nine assists per set over the first weekend of play.
True freshman, Lauren Bandera has racked up 53 digs, 4.82 per set as a key part of a stingy Georgia State defense. Meisheia Griffin’s 14 blocks and Cierra Sillmon’s 10 stops have helped the Panthers hold opponents to a .099 hitting percentage.
Live stats will be available for all three matches, and you can follow @GeorgiaStateVB on Twitter for updates.
Georgia State vs. Marshall- 11:00 am
Georgia State at Loyola- 8:00 pm
Georgia State vs. Furman- 1:00 pm
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