What you need to know:

*Georgia State defeated Tulane 3-2 Saturday morning before falling by the same score to Grand Canyon.

*The Panthers are now 4-4 on the season.

*GSU will travel to Gulf Shores for four duals next weekend at the March to May Tournament.


FORT WORTH, TEXAS- Georgia State once again split a pair of matches on the final day of the Horned Frog Challenge. GSU defeated Tulane 3-2, but fell by the same count to Grand Canyon on a chilly day in Fort Worth.


GSU got the Panthers out to a fast start as Anna Rantala earned her first career victory. The court volleyball standout paired with Mattie Johnson and the duo cruised to a 21-17, 21-7 win in the five spot. Becky Tresham and Maddie Gordon made it 2-0 Georgia State with a 21-17, 21-14 win on court four.


The Sandy Panthers would clinch as Brooke Weiner and Kate Novack would win in two sets on court three. The duo fell behind early in the first set but quickly turned it around for a 21-14 win and never trailed in a 21-18 set two win. GSU would drop three-game matches on courts one and two, but the Panthers used the quick start to take the dual 3-2.


In the second dual of the day, GSU would fall behind quickly 2-0, dropping matches on courts four and five. Olivia Stasevich and Maddy Delmonte would cut the deficit in half with a two-set win, and Georgia Johnson and Eden Hawes would tie the dual up with a three-set win on court one. However, it would not be enough as GSU dropped a three-game match on court three to lose the dual 3-2.


Next weekend the Panthers will take their 4-4 record to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the March to May Tournament hosted by UAB. GSU will once again face Tulane, and also meet Southern Mississippi, Houston Baptist, and Austin Peay over two days of play.


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