EMERSON, Ga. – The Georgia State beach volleyball team opened the CCSA Championship at the LakePoint Sporting Complex with a split of two matches. The Panthers opened the day with a hard-fought 3-2 loss to LSU before earning an impressive 4-1 win over Florida Atlantic in the afternoon.
In the opener, the Tigers earned sweeps of the No. 1 and 5 positions. The duos of Tiffany Creamer and Brooke Wiener, along with Olivia Stasevich and Georgia Johnson earned 2-0 sweeps for the Panthers as the action came down to Court 4.
After losing the first set 21-17, the GSU duo of Amie Held and Kate Novack earned a 24-22 win of the second set to send Court No. 4 to a third set. Despite a hard-fought third set, the Panthers dropped the set 15-10 as the Tigers took the match.
It was the complete opposite for the Panthers in the afternoon as, despite the 4-1 win, four of the five matches went to a deciding set.
GSU’s sister duo of Annika Van Gunst and Teegan Van Gunst earned a 21-12, 19-21, 15-11 win on Court 1, while the No. 2 pair of Tiffany Creamer and Brooke Wiener won a second-straight match with a 19-21, 21-15, 17-15 victory.
The lone sweep came on Court 3 as Olivia Stasevich and Georgia Johnson also won a second-straight match with a 21-19, 21-19 victory. The Panthers also won on Court 4 as Amie Held and Kate Novack earned a 17-21, 21-18, 15-11 victory.
Georgia State will return to the court for a pair of matches on Saturday facing Florida State at 12 p.m. and UNC Wilmington at 3 p.m. The top two teams from the pool will advance to Sunday’s semifinals.
LSU 3, Georgia State 2
1. Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (LSU) def. Annika Van Gunst/Teegan Van Gunst (GSU) 21-13, 21-14
2. Tiffany Creamer/Brooke Weiner (GSU) def. Haleigh Nelson/Mandi Orellana (LSU) 23-21, 21-18
3. Olivia Stasevich/Georgia Johnson (GSU) def. Olivia Powers/Hunter Domanski (LSU) 21-17, 21-16
4. Emmy Allen/Megan Davenport (LSU) def. Amie Held/Kate Novack (GSU) 21-17, 22-24, 15-10
5. Riley Young/Maddie Ligon (LSU) def. Allie Elson/Ashley McGinn (GSU) 21-17, 21-13
Georgia State 22-11
LSU Tigers 23-10
Georgia State 4, Florida Atlantic 1
1. Annika Van Gunst/Teegan Van Gunst (GSU) def. Carly Scarborough/Amanda Silva (FAU) 21-12, 19-21, 15-11
2. Tiffany Creamer/Brooke Weiner (GSU) def. Gabrielle Dischler/Jessalyn Kinlaw (FAU) 19-21, 21-15, 17-15
3. Olivia Stasevich/Georgia Johnson (GSU) def. Erica Brok/Mackenzie Morris (FAU) 21-19, 21-19
4. Amie Held/Kate Novack (GSU) def. Nicole Navarro/Kaila Dorish (FAU) 17-21, 21-18, 15-11
5. Brittany Pellitteri/Julia Lewkowicz (FAU) def. Allie Elson/Ashley McGinn (GSU) 21-11, 15-21, 15-9
Florida Atlantic 17-14
Georgia State 23-11