ATLANTA- In the three weeks leading up to the 2019 season we will honor and highlight one of our three seniors. This week’s spotlight is on Madelyn Ott

Madelyn Ott is a middle blocker from Richmond, Va. Prior to GSU, Ott held a successful high school career at Goochland High School. She led her team to back-to-back district championship victories in 2013 and 2014.   She was named conference Player of the Year in 2015. 

Behind a deep core of middle blockers, Ott saw limited action in her first season. Yet, she still made her mark. Ott recorded a .294 hitting percentage. She helped the Panthers to a straight set victory over South Carolina State with a five-kill performance. The Virginian also added two kills on the road at Sun Belt Champion Coastal Carolina. 

In her sophomore campaign Ott contributed 32 kills in 35 sets. She held a .207 hitting percentage, good for second on the team. She finished her second year as a Panther with 14 blocks. 

Ott enters her senior season off of an extremely impressive junior year. Last year Ott recorded 82 kills. Against both Georgia Southern and Little Rock, Ott hit a career high 16 kills. She held a .286 hitting percentage, the highest on the team. She set another career high with 6 blocks on October 26th against Arkansas State. During five of the last six matches of the season, Ott scored at least 10 points. 

“Madelyn (Ott) can be a spark for the team. She plays with a high volleyball IQ. She is a player who can make an impact offensively and defensively,” said head coach Sally Polhamus.  

Ott’s success does not stop on the court. In the classroom Ott has excelled as a student. She was named to the President’s List in the Spring of 2017, 2018, and 2019. During the Fall of 2017, when volleyball season was in full swing, she was named to the Dean’s List. Upon graduation she plans to attend University of Southern California and get her master's in social work. 

“My time with GSU volleyball has been a complete blessing. I’ve learned who I am as a woman,” stated Ott when asked to reflect on her collegiate career, “I have accumulated various skills that I can carry for years to come and made lifelong sisters.” 

This season Ott hopes to earn All Conference Middle honors, as well as help lead the Panthers to a deep Sun Belt Tournament Run. Ott and the Panthers started practice last week. Their first match is slated for Aug. 30 against Western Carolina. 

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