ATLANTA- Georgia State volleyball fell 3-1 (25-27, 25-27, 25-21, 23-25) in the home opener to Western Carolina on Friday Night. Morgan Hash and Meisheia Griffin led the Panthers' offensivewith 15 and 10 kills respectively.
The Panthers trailed the Catamounts 21-24 in the first set, but Hash produced two consecutive kills to keep Georgia State alive. The Panthers continued to close the gap and eventually took the 25-24 edge. The Catamounts capitalized on a Panthers’ serving error to take the 27-25 first set win.
The end to the second set mirrored the first. After the Panthers took a three point lead, the Catamounts tightened their play. Georgia State saw set point, but they could not find a way to finish the set.
Georgia State’s young talent proved ready for collegiate play especially in the third set. Freshmen produced points in key moments to hold a steady lead throughout the third. The Panthers took the set 25-21. On the night freshmen hitters Isabelle Percoco and Juliannna Truscott both recorded four kills. Kampbell Hehr, another true freshman, produced 40 assists.
The Panthers battled in the fourth. The Panthers rallied on a 4-0 run to close the gap 18-19. Western Carolina’s Merry Gebel led the team with 12 kills and secured the win for the Catamounts.
The Panthers will have the chance to play in front of a home crowd two more times this weekend. Georgia State will take on Lamar University at noon before finishing the weekend against Fordham at 7:00 p.m.
Admission to all of Saturday’s matches is free. Fans can find parking in the G Deck located adjacent to the GSU Sports Arena.
10:00 a.m. Fordham vs. Western Carolina
12:00 p.m. GSU vs. Lamar
4:00 p.m. Lamar vs. Western Carolina
7:00 p.m. GSU vs. Fordham