What you need to know:
* No. 11 Georgia State beach volleyball wraps up the season after an exciting 2017 campaign.
* With eight newcomers on the roster, the Panthers (21-14) opened the season with six consecutive dual victories including an undefeated weekend at the UNF Invitational. GSU also won six of their last nine matches to close out its season with wins over No. 8 South Carolina, College of Charleston and UAB.
* The beach program is expected to return ten student-athletes next season.
ATLANTA – Georgia State heads into the off-season after an exciting 2017 campaign. With the addition of eight newcomers this season, the Panthers (21-14) remained in the top-10 throughout the entire season and left it all out on the sand.
“This season presented us with a handful of challenges, some expected and some unforeseen - all of which contributed to our growth and progress as a program,” head coach Beth Van Fleet said. “The athletes focused on being versatile and understood that our success was going to be a total team effort. On several occasions, pairs were put together without any team training and they simply found a way to compete. Overall, we embraced a vision and worked toward our goal to “reach the beach” until our last day of CCSA competition. I'm proud of this team for committing to being their best every day and am grateful for the effort and altruism they invested into the program. We are also very thankful for the athletic administration's tireless support to help promote our sport and beach program.”
GSU demonstrated remarkable adaptability to start the year by winning its first six dual matches. The Panthers took four of five at the Stetson Beach Invitational and three of four at LSU's Battle on the Bayou.
Georgia State strongly defended its home courts this season posting a 5-1 at the GSU Beach Volleyball Complex. Among its most impressive wins this year included No. 10 South Carolina, No. 14 FAU and No. 15 Stetson.
In terms of individual performances, senior Delaney Rohan and graduate transfer Chelsea Ross led the Panthers with a 24-10 record in the No. 1 flight. The pair was named the CCSA's Pair of the Year last month.
Rohan also became GSU's all-time wins leader on Senior Day and currently has 90 total victories with the USAV Beach Collegiate Pairs Championship remaining.
Freshmen Georgia Johnson and Olivia Stasevich have a bright future for the Panthers as the duo went 16-5 on the year with quality wins versus Florida State, LSU, FAU, FIU and South Carolina. Johnson and Stasevich earned CCSA All-Tournament Team honors after going 3-1 in Emerson, Ga.
GSU will graduate six student-athletes in Sarah Agnew, Natalie Wilson, Fourspring, Rohan, Pa'akaula and Ross. Agnew earned the Inspiration and Senior Citizen Awards this semester and holds the highest GPA on the team.
Georgia State is expected to return 10 student-athletes next season when it's time to reach the beach.
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