What you need to know:
*No. 13 GSU Beach split a pair of duals Sunday morning in St. Augustine.
*The Panthers will host their first home event of the season on Tuesday at the GSU Beach Complex.
ST. AUGUSTINE- Thirteenth ranked Georgia State beach volleyball split a doubleheader on a windy Sunday morning at the UNF Beach Invitational. The Panthers defeated UNC Wilmington 4-1 in the early match, before dropping 3-2 dual to No. 9 South Carolina. GSU finished the weekend with a 3-1 record.
In match one, Eden Hawes and Ashley McGinn continued their stretch of strong play earning a straight set win in the four position. Tiffany Creamer and Teegan Van Gunst would also provide a two-set victory.
The Panthers would get two three-set wins from the two and three spots in the lineup to earn a 4-1 win. The pairs of Annika Van Gunst and Brooke Weiner at the two, and Amie Held and Kate Novack at the three both won their first game, before dropping the second and rallying to win in the third.
“We had to adjust to UNCW’s ball control and strategies”, said coach Beth Van Fleet. “They were well-prepared and challenged us to improve our ball handling and communication.”
GSU found themselves down early in the second match after losing on courts four and five. But the Panthers would battle back to make things interesting with the Gamecocks. Olivia Stasevich and Georgia Johnson would win a thrilling three-set victory, as would Weiner and Van Gunst who went 4-0 on the weekend. State dropped the third set on court one giving South Carolina a 3-2 win.
“We fought hard against South Carolina and we played with a lot of heart”, said Van Fleet. “South Carolina is a scrappy team that always pushes us to improve. I am proud of our effort and look forward to cleaning up a few skills before we face them again in two weeks.”
Georgia State is now 5-3 on the year. The Panthers will be at home this Tuesday for GSU’s Day of Duals. State will take on Austin Peay and Jacksonville State as part of the event.
No. 13 GSU vs. UNC Wilmington
No. 13 GSU vs. No. 9 South Carolina