What you need to know:
*Georgia State fell just short in their Sun Belt opener, 3-2 to Appalachian State.
*GSU is on the road next week visiting Troy and South Alabama in Sun Belt action.
ATLANTA- Georgia State volleyball fell just short their Sun Belt opener, dropping a five-setter 3-2 (25-16, 25-27, 25-18, 23-25 to Appalachian State on Saturday night. Big nights from Crystal Lee, Meisha Griffin, Sarah Renner, and Shae Chapman were not enough to lift GSU to victory. The loss dropped the Panthers to 3-8 on the season, 0-1 in Sun Belt play.
Lee (19), Chapman (11), and Griffin (10) led the way for the Panthers who had 58 kills on the evening. Sarah Renner would add a season high 50 assists and 15 digs.
In the opening frame the Panthers roared out to an early 4-1 lead after a pair of kills by Lee. However App state would rally for a seven point run in the middle of the set to take a lead they would not relinquish on the way to a 25-16 win.
The teams would battle to an 18-18 tie in the second before kills from Lee and Griffin, followed by a Chapman block would give the Panthers a 21-18 advantage. Appalachian State would come back, eventually tying the frame at 25-25, before a pair of attacking errors from the Mountaineers would give the Panthers a 27-25 win. Lee six kills in the set, helping GSU to a .343 hitting percentage.
GSU would drop the third set 25-18 despite four kills from Lee and Chapman. Renner would dish out ten assists, but the Panthers would hit just .114 as a team to Appalachian State’s .351 in the frame.
Georgia State’s defense would come alive in the fourth set holding Appalachian State to just 11 kills on a .128 percentage. Lee led the Panthers with six kills and six digs. Renner dished out 12 assists and added six digs of her own en route to a 25-23 set win.
The Panthers would fight until the end, but Appalachian State would pull away for a 15-9 fifth set win.
Chapman’s 11 kills were a career high for the senior. She would add four blocks and two digs in the effort. Lee’s 19 kills and 14 digs as well as Griffin’s 10 kills were all season highs for GSU.
Next up for the Panthers is the annual trip to the Yellowhammer State to take on South Alabama and Troy. GSU will take on the Trojans Friday and visit Jaguars Saturday night.
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