The team officially reported to campus on Monday. The Panthers will have just sixteen days to prepare for the season opener against Mississippi Valley State on August 24 in Starkville. GSU will rely on veteran leadership, as the team welcomes back 13 letter winners, including five seniors.
The loss snapped the Jaguars' win streak at six matches, and marked their first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season. South Alabama , Sun Belt will return to action Sat.
The Jags earned set point at on a kill by Harris, and clinched the set on a kill by Hartman for a lead in the match. South Alabama went on a run later in the set to cut the GSU lead to one point at , but the Panthers responded with a run to push their lead to The Jags tied the score at on a kill by Hartman, and earned set point at on a Panther attack error.
GSU scored two of the next three points to tie the score at , and closed the set with a scoring run to clinch the set and even the match at one set apiece. The Panthers increased their lead to six points at later in the set on a Jaguar attack error.
GSU earned set point at on a service ace by Lauren Bandera, and clinched the set on a kill by Meisheia Griffin for a lead in the match. A kill by Hartman and service ace from Harris gave the Jags a advantage.
USA earned set point at on a kill by Iva Durdanovic and clinched the set on a solo block by Hannah Johnson to even the match at two sets apiece. The Jags held a lead before the Panthers went on a scoring run to take an lead, but a kill by Durdanovic evened the score at A kill by Hartman tied the score at , but GSU earned match point at on a Jaguar service error.
A block-assist from Hartman and DeMarcus tied the score at , and a kill by Hartman gave the Jags match point at A Jaguar attack error on the ensuing rally tied the score at , and a kill by GSU'S Griffin gave the Panthers match point at A Panther service error tied the score at NOTES - Hartman finished with a career-high 29 kills, which tied Selena Chidester for the second-highest kill total in a five-set match in program history, along with a.
Those kids fought their butts off and played phenomenal tonight. They Georgia State caught us off guard and got us to play a game that we were comfortable with, and we took too long to respond.
I am disappointed still with our inconsistency. We are too good of a program to be making some of the mistakes we are making. We have to continue to find a way to battle on the road and show up the same way we do when we're at home.
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