BOONE, N.C.- Georgia State volleyball fell short in their Sun Belt opener, dropping a four-setter (23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18) to Appalachian State on Friday. The loss dropped the Panthers to 4-8 on the season.
Leah Wilcox and Sydney Stroud both recorded double-digit kills for the second straight match. Stroud became the first Panther to eclipse the 100 kills mark with 101 on the season. Jordan Shoemaker would lead the Georgia State offensive scheme with 24 assists. Freshman Kampbell Hehr would add 18 assists of her own.
The Panthers would take the first point of the match and would never relinquish the lead in the opening frame. The Mountaineers would continue to keep it close knotting the game four separate times. Kampbell Hehr would dish out an assist to Sydney Stroud to secure the 25-23 first set victory.
The teams would battle in the beginning of the second set to an 8-8 tie. A few unforced errors by the Panthers would allow the Mountaineers to pull away. After being held to a .163 hitting percentage in the first, the Appalachian State offense would come alive and would record a .306 hitting percentage en route to winning the set 25-22.
The Appalachian State’s offensive momentum continued into the third, as the Mountaineers roared out to a 10-4 lead. Despite five kills from Wilcox, the Panthers would not be able to close the gap. Appalachian State took the frame 25-18.
The Panthers would fight until the end. Georgia State regained the serve down by one in the middle of the frame, but four straight kills coming from four different Mountaineers would spread the GSU defense. Appalachian State would roll to a 25-18 final set victory.
The Panthers will have tomorrow off to travel to Conway, S.C. for Sunday’s meeting with Coastal Carolina. GSU will take on the Chanticleers at 12:30 pm Sunday. Live stats will be available via the link on our schedule page.
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