What you need to know:
*Georgia State beach volleyball is the five seed in the CCSA Tournament in Emerson, Georgia this weekend.
*The Panthers will face FSU, LSU, FAU, and UNCW in pool play.
*GSU was 5-3 against their scheduled opponents during the regular season.
ATLANTA- Georgia State beach volleyball has earned the five seed and been placed in Pool A in the 2018 CCSA Championship. GSU will take on LSU, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, and UNC Wilmington over two days of action at the Rally Volleyball facility just up the road in Emerson, Georgia.
The tournament begins with pool play on Friday and Saturday. The field consists of two pools of five teams with each team playing four round robin pool duals. The top two teams from each pod will advance to Sunday’s semifinal and final rounds.
The Panthers finished the regular season with a 22-10 record with a 7-7 mark against CCSA opponents. GSU was 5-3 in duals against fellow Pool A members.
Action from Emerson will kickoff Friday morning as State plays fourth seeded LSU at 10:30 a.m. The Panthers won the season series with LSU, getting the best of the Tigers in two of the three regular season meetings.
GSU will finish Day One with a 3:00 p.m. dual with eighth seeded FAU. Georgia State defeated the Owls 4-1 on March 10th in Boca Raton. It was the only meeting between the two schools this season.
The Panthers begin Day Two with a noon matchup against the top seeded Florida State Seminoles. Georgia State was winless in two tries against FSU in the regular season.
The Panthers will conclude pool play Saturday when they face off against ninth seeded UNC Wilmington. GSU earned two wins over UNCW in the regular season, including an April 9th sweep of the Seahawks in Tallahassee.
If GSU advances past the first two days, they will play in the semifinal round on Sunday at either 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. with the championship match scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Georgia State’s 22 regular season wins are tied for most in program history. Four Panthers, Brooke Weiner, Tiffany Creamer, Annika Van Gunst, and Teegan Van Gunst have earned over twenty wins for GSU on the season; while Georgia Johnson, Olivia Stasevich, and Amie Held have all won at least 15 matches on the year.
The Panthers are familiar with the Rally courts at LakePoint having hosted LSU, South Carolina, and UAB for a tournament at the courts this past fall. GSU won 64% of their matches in the fall tournament, the most in the field.
For more information visit the CCSA Championship page: http://www.theccsa.com/sports/beachvball/2017-18/releases/20180415mn90qv
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