What you need to know:
* Georgia State will defend its unblemished 6-0 record out west in Manhattan Beach, Calif. for UCLA’s East vs. West Tournament.
* The Panthers face Cal Poly and Long Beach State Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET and 5:30 p.m. ET respectively. On Sunday, GSU matches up against UCLA at 2:00 p.m. ET and Pepperdine at 7:00 p.m. ET.
* After the East vs. West Tournament, Georgia State will prepare during the week of Spring Break for the Stetson Beach Invitational in Deland, Fla.
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – After defending home court in The Day of Duals, Georgia State traveled out west Thursday to compete in this weekend’s East Vs. West Tournament. The Panthers (6-0, 2-0 CCSA) are set to take on stout competition in Cal Poly, Long Beach State, host UCLA and Pepperdine.
“UCLA's East vs. West tournament format is the first of its kind and should produce some excellent match ups,” head coach Beth Van Fleet said Friday. “This is one of our few opportunities to play on a true beach which will expose us to consistent wind, deep sand and high level competition. We look forward to the matches tomorrow, but right now we are focused on our site warm up today.”
Georgia State has combined to post a 27-3 record in dual matches this season. Several pairs remain undefeated including Delaney Rohan and Chelsea Ross, LeeAnn Starr and Haley Pa’akaula, and Jessica Fourspring and Brooke Weiner.
This weekend, the competition will elevate significantly as Pepperdine, UCLA and Long Beach State are each ranked ahead of Georgia State in the AVCA Coaches rankings at No. 3, 4 and 6 respectively.
Surprisingly, only Long Beach State (4-0) has a winning record currently. Pepperdine (1-1) defeated UCLA before falling 4-1 to Southern Cal. last Saturday. UCLA is also .500 on the year at 2-2 and Cal Poly is 2-4 with wins over CSU Bakersfield and Pacific.
The East vs. West Tournament features eight of the top 12 teams in the country.
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