What you need to know:
*Madelyn Ott added a career high 16 kills and five blocks
*The Panthers are on the road next weekend for matches with Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina.
ATLANTA, Ga.- Georgia State volleyball defeated Little Rock 3-2 in a heartstopping five set affair Saturday at the GSU Sports Arena.
Seniors, celebrated before the match shined on the court during the five-set thriller. Crystal Lee and Sarah Renner recorded double-doubles number 19 and 18 respectively as Lee finished the evening with 13 kills and 18 digs, Renner dished out 28 assists to go with 16 digs of her own.
Stealing the show on senior night was junior Madelyn Ott who for the second straight match recorded a career high in kills. Ott finished the evening with 16 kills and added five blocks in the effort.
The Trojans would strike first taking the opening frame 25-22. The Panthers middles shined in the first set as Madelyn Ott and Meisheia Griffin each had four kills. As a team, GSU recorded four service aces in the close initial set.
Crystal Lee would dominate the second set with six kills and four digs, leading GSU to a 25-22 victory. Ott would add another four kills and Lauren Bandera would record nine digs in the frame, helping the Panthers even the match 1-1.
Georgia State would weather a 4-0 run late in the third set by Little Rock, and hold on for a 26-24 win. Renner and Eiken dished out seven assists a piece in the frame, and Renner would add seven digs. Sydney Stroud would put down two kills late in the stanza to give GSU the victory.
The Trojans would take the first five points in the fourth set, and not look back en route to a 25-19 win forcing a deciding fifth. The Panthers were not able to capitalize on four kills from Griffin and six digs from Bandera in the frame.
The Panthers rallied from behind to take the deciding set 15-13 behind clutch efforts from Morgan Hash and Sydney Stroud. Hash put down three kills while Stroud recorded four in the final frame including the match clinching point.
Georgia State hits the road next weekend for the team’s annual trip to the Carolinas. GSU will take on Appalachian State Friday night in Boone before visiting Coastal Carolina Sunday for a 12:30 match.
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