What you need to know:
*GSU Beach defeated Tulane and TCU Friday in South Beach.
*Georgia State is now 18-5 on the year.
MIAMI- Georgia State beach volleyball went 2-0 to start the FIU Surf N’ Turf tournament in South Beach, Florida. The Panthers defeated Tulane 4-1 in the early afternoon and bested TCU 3-2 in the twilight.
The early session saw GSU win a thrilling match over conference rival, Tulane. Tiffany Creamer and Brooke Weiner would give State a 1-0 lead after winning their sixth straight two-set decision by a count of 21-14, 21-10. Tulane would battle back taking the point on the first court to level the score 1-1.
Ashley McGinn and Eden Hawes would answer for the Panthers with a win on the five court. The duo won the first set 21-13, but trailed for much of the second frame before roaring back for a 21-18 win giving GSU a 2-1 lead in the dual.
On court four Amie Held and Kate Novack would take set one 21-19, but fall 21-17 in the second game. In a back and forth third set, Held and Novack would pull away late to earn a 15-11 win and clinch the dual for GSU.
Sophomore duo Georgia Johnson and Olivia Stasevich fell behind Tulane early dropping the first set 24-22. The pair would face a deficit in the second set before rallying to take a 24-22 win of their own. Johnson and Stasevich faced another challenge as the Wave pulled ahead in set three, but the duo once again battled from behind to earn a 15-12 win.
In the nightcap the Panthers battled not only the TCU Horned Frogs, but also the sunlight in a match that went past 8:00 p.m. in Miami. Once again Creamer and Weiner got things going for GSU with a win in the two flight.
The Panthers would fall in the four and five slot, but another win for Stasevich and Johnson in three sets would tie the dual at 2-2. The Van Gunst sisters would win the first set, but fall in the second setting up a deciding third frame. As the moon came out in Miami, Teegan and Annika won a 17-15 decision under the neon lights of the strip.
The two wins improved State’s record to 18-5 on the season. GSU will take on Grand Canyon and FIU tomorrow to wrap up the Surf N’ Turf tournament.
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1:50- GSU vs. Grand Canyon
3:50- GSU vs. FIU