What you need to know:
*Georgia State will face Troy on Friday and South Alabama on Saturday in their first conference road test of the year. Both matches will be 7:30 eastern starts.
*Both of this weekend’s matches will have live video streaming.
ATLANTA- Georgia State volleyball hits the road this weekend for their annual trip to Alabama. GSU will take on Troy Friday and South Alabama Saturday to complete their first conference road trip of the 2018 season. Both matches will be played a 7:30 eastern time.
The Panthers (3-8) are 0-1 entering the weekend in Sun Belt play, after a hard fought 3-2 loss to Appalachian State last Saturday at the GSU Sports Arena. Both Troy (6-9) and South Alabama (6-9) are winless in two conference contests.
In their past two matches, GSU has found great production from their senior leaders. Crystal Lee has racked up 36 kills in Georgia State’s last two tests, good for a 4.00 kills per set average. Lee enters the weekend leading the Panthers with 114 kills and is ranked seventh in the Sun Belt with 3.08 kills per frame.
Providing the sets to Lee has been senior Sarah Renner who has 85 assists (9.44 per set) in GSU’s past two contests. Renner has racked up over 2,100 career assists in her career, good for ninth most in Georgia State history and second among all active Sun Belt players. She currently ranks sixth in the conference with 8.66 assists per set on the season.
A third senior who has stepped up for the Panthers has been Shae Chapman who had eight kills (.500) in a win at Presbyterian, followed by a career high 11 (.320) against Appalachian State. Chapman added 11 blocks over the past two games bringing her total up to 20 on the season.
Georgia State ranks in the top half of the Sun Belt in opponent hitting percentage and digs per set. The Panther defense will be challenged as South Alabama and Troy both rank among the Sun Belt leaders in kills per set.
“Both of these teams play a very different style, and it will be up to us to control what we can on our side of the net”, said coach Sally Polhamus. “Troy is a very methodical team and by contrast South Alabama likes to run their offense fast, it will be a challenging contrast of styles for us this weekend.”
Friday’s match at Troy will be available to watch live on ESPN+ and Saturday’s event will be streamed via usajaguars.com and the link provided above.
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