What you need to know:

*Georgia State beach volleyball welcomes five freshmen to the roster.

*Four states are represented in the class of five players

*The 2017 fall beach volleyball schedule will be available soon.

ATLANTA – With classes back in session, the Georgia State beach volleyball team is excited to announce the signing of five freshmen to its program. The coaching staff and players are pleased to welcome Ashley Bauchert, Bekah Brodbeck, Eden Hawes, Mattie Johnson and Meagan McCall to the Panther Family. All five student-athletes enrolled at GSU this fall.

“This freshman class is comprised of quality humans who share a passion for excellence and beach volleyball “, said head coach Beth Van Fleet. “Their commitment to this program and to bettering themselves each day will serve as a great foundation. We are so excited to work with these athletes and watch how they navigate the trials of their freshman year.”

From Allen, Texas, Ashley Bauchert began playing beach volleyball during her sophomore year. Bauchert has come in first place at five beach tournaments and placed second at the U-17s Valentine’s Day tournament. She led her club team in kills and connected for 86 aces in a single season. Bauchert won the U18 Rox National Championship this July.

“We are thrilled that Ashley has joined our program”, said coach. “She brings a strong fundamental base to our team, works hard and processes information quickly. We expect her to play a split blocking role which will capitalize on her speed and nimbleness.”

Rebekah Brodbeck was a four-time letter winner at Smithson High School in San Antonio, Texas. She is also a four-time top ten finisher at the AAU National Championships. Bekah placed second in the 2015 Rox National Championship, third in the Texas Women’s AVP Open in 2016, and ninth in the 2016 BVCA National Championship.

“Bekah is a workhorse and her beach IQ and willingness to take risks allow her to make unpredictable plays”, said Van Fleet. “Her love for the game shines through her interaction with her teammates. We foresee Bekah filling a blocking roll for us this year.”

Freshman, Eden Hawes joins the Panther Family from Panama City Beach, Fla. As senior at J.R. Arnold High School, Hawes placed first at the USAV National Championships in and the CBVA Pacific Palisades. She ranked third in USAV as an 18 year-old and finished in the top two at 13 tournaments as a beach player. Hawes also finished in first at the California Beach Association tournament. Recently, Hawes was named AVCA Beach High School All-American Honorable Mention.

“Eden is another excellent new teammate for the Panther Family. Her court awareness and vision will help her transition smoothly into the college game”, said coach Beth. “We look forward to watching her grow as a full-time defender this year.”

Mattie Johnson, a native of Tabor City, N.C., comes to Georgia State from South Columbus High School. As an indoor player, the four-year letterwinner was named Player of the Year in the Three Rivers Conference the past two seasons.

Johnson also earned All-Conference honors in each of her last three seasons. She gained valuable experience on the sand as a member of USAV Beach High Performance and the A2 National Team in 2015 and 2016. Johnson helped her indoor team to four consecutive titles and a record of 85-8.

“Mattie is an explosive athlete who adds depth and excitement to our roster. Her ability to flourish under pressure is one of her greatest strengths and she does it with a smile”, commented Van Fleet. “We plan to see Mattie in a split blocking role this year – but she can also fulfill a full-time blocker or defender assignment when needed.”

Meagan McCall comes to GSU from Phoenix, Arizona where she was named Sandra Day O’Connor’s team MVP. Meagan made the final four in the Arizona Beach Volleyball State Playoffs in her senior season. McCall was able to reach Gold Division in AAU Nationals, AAU Junior Olympics, and BVCA. Meagan was also a three-time letter winner in court volleyball.

“Meagan is a fast, deceptive, versatile beach athlete and she is a small defender who makes big plays. She has a fast arm and is very fun to watch”, praised Van Fleet. “We are delighted that she’s part of our program and we look forward to watching her compete as a full-time defender.”

Beth Van Fleet and the entire beach volleyball program cannot wait to welcome these well-rounded student-athletes to the Panther Family.

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