What you need to know:
*Georgia State defeated that team from down south in four sets 20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-19 at the GSU Sports Arena.
*The Panthers earned GSU a half point in the Rivalry Series and will look to sweep Georgia Southern when the teams meet on Friday in Statesboro.
ATLANTA- A pair of middle blockers stole the show as Georgia State took down rival Georgia Southern at the GSU Sports Arena Wednesday evening. Junior Madelyn Ott threw down a match high 15 kills, hitting .385 and sophomore Meisheia Griffin blocked 11 attempts helping the Panthers to a four set (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-19) win over the Eagles.
Senior Sarah Renner dished out 45 assists, as GSU recorded 58 kills to Georgia Southern’s 44. Sydney Stroud would add 13 kills, while Lauren Bandera and Anna Rantala dig 23 and 11 attempts respectively.
The Panthers would drop the first set despite four kills from Stroud. Griffin would add three kills and three blocks, but it was not enough as Southern took the opener 25-20.
GSU bounced back in the second set thanks to 13 assists from Renner. Seven different Panthers recorded kills in the 25-23 win, but juniors Ott, and Morgan Hash were Renner’s favorite targets with six and four kills respectively. Bandera recorded six digs and finished the set with an ace that would give the Panthers all the momentum going forward.
State controlled things early in the third set, and with a 17-14 lead Griffin would take over the frame. The Columbus native earned blocks on four consecutive points, opening up a seven-point lead for GSU. Griffin sent back six blocks in the set as Stroud added four kills and four blocks of her own en route to a 25-16 win.
Ott and Stroud would each record four kills in the final frame and Bandera scooped 10 digs as GSU never trailed, coasting to a 25-19 clinching set. The ten digs were the most by the freshman in any set this season.
With the win, Georgia State has defeated the Eagles in the past three meetings dating back to last season. The victory gave GSU a half point in the Rivalry Series as the Panthers took a 2.0-1.5 in the competition.
Georgia State will look to earn a sweep of Southern for the second straight season, and secure a full point in the Rivalry Series on Friday as the teams match up once again in Statesboro.
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