What you need to know:

*Georgia State beach volleyball is back at the GSU Beach Complex this weekend for the annual Diggin’ Duals tournament.

*The Panthers will take on ULM, Mercer, Jacksonville State, and North Florida over the course of two days.

*The team will honor six players as part of a Senior Day celebration before Saturday’s finale.  


ATLANTA- No. 9 GSU beach volleyball is back at home this weekend for the fifth annual Diggin’ Duals tournament this Friday and Saturday at the GSU Beach Volleyball Complex in Atlanta. The Panthers will play two duals each day, all against non-conference opponents.

Georgia State is 12-5 on the season and was ranked ninth nationally in the most recent AVCA Beach poll, the highest ranking for the Panthers this season. State is coming off a 2-2 weekend at the Gamecock Grand Slam in Columbia in which they earned wins over Jacksonville State and LSU.

GSU will start things off Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. with a familiar opponent in Jacksonville State. It will be the third meeting between the schools this season. The Panthers have bested the Gamecocks 5-0 in both previous matchups, including a March 6th sweep at GSU’s Day of Duals.

State will take on North Florida in a match tentatively scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in Friday’s afternoon session. The Osprey’s bring a 4-5 record into the weekend.

The Panthers will pick up the action on 1:00 p.m. Saturday for a dual against UL Monroe before closing out the weekend against Mercer at 5:00 p.m. Prior to the weekend’s final dual GSU will honor six student athletes that will graduate this semester.

The honorees will be seniors Allie Elson and Jessie Swaney, and graduate students Tiffany Creamer, Amie Held, Annika Van Gunst, and Teegan Van Gunst. The ceremony will begin twenty minutes prior to the first serve of the final dual.

Matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day, but the subsequent match times are not fixed. Each dual will begin 15 minutes after the prior round is complete.

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Weekend Schedule:

Friday:

9:00 a.m.- GSU vs. Jacksonville State

11:00 a.m.- North Florida vs. Mercer

1:00 p.m.- Jacksonville State vs. ULM

3:00 p.m.- GSU vs. North Florida

5:00 p.m.- ULM vs. Mercer

Saturday:

9:00 a.m.- ULM vs. North Florida

11:00 a.m.- Mercer vs. Jacksonville State

1:00 p.m.- GSU vs. ULM

3:00 p.m.- North Florida vs. Jacksonville State

5:00 p.m.- GSU vs. Mercer (Senior Day to proceed dual)