What you need to know:

* Georgia State beat Rutgers 3-1 Friday afternoon.

* Crystal Lee posted a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs.

* The Panthers will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

GREENVILLE, N.C.- Georgia State began the 2017 volleyball season in a big way defeating Rutgers three sets to one Friday afternoon. The match was the first of three GSU will play this weekend as part of the ECU Invitational.

“It was a great team effort, we showed incredible hustle on scramble plays and didn’t let much hit the floor”, said Panther head coach Sally Polhamus. “I am proud of our girls, we came out ready to play.”

The Panthers got off to a hot start in the first set rattling off ten straight points to begin the match. Junior Carley Eiken served for nine of the ten points. Georgia State continued to roll on the way to a 25-8 first set victory.

The second set saw Crystal Lee rattle off six straight points, including two service aces. Lee would continue to dominate play in set two racking up six kills in the Panthers 25-15 win.

Rutgers battled back and led the entire third set. The Panthers would not go away, but the Scarlet Knights were able to squeak out a 24-26 third set win. Set four was a back and forth affair, but eventually, the Panthers overwhelmed Rutgers to earn a 25-23 win, securing a three set to one victory.

Leading the way for Georgia State with 16 kills and 10 digs was junior Crystal Lee. Carley Eiken posted 40 assists, and Morgan Hash added 16 kills of her own.

“Carley did an incredible job leading our offense”, said Polhamus. “As a team we were focused, no matter who came in the game they were ready to raise the bar.”

The Panthers will look to keep the momentum going as they return to action tomorrow for a doubleheader beginning with tournament host East Carolina at 10:00 a.m. The match will be available to watch live on ecupirates.com. Georgia State will conclude tournament play with a 4:30 p.m. match against William & Mary. Live stats for all matches are available at georgiastatesports.com.

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