Right Side/Outside Hitter
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Jyväskylä, Finland
High School: Kuortaneen


Academic Honors

Spring 2019 Athletic Director's Honor Roll

Fall 2018 Dean's List

Spring 2018 Dean's List

Fall 2017 Athletic Director's Honor Roll

Spring 2017 Athletic Director's Honor Roll

Spring 2016 Athletic Director's Honor Roll

Beach Volleyball


Rantala joined the Georgia State beach volleyball team prior to the 2019 season... Finished the season with a 4-1 record winning matches with Mattie Johnson, Brooke Weiner, and Kaylee McClure... Won in three sets over Tulane with Johnson in the four fight... Defeated paris from Southern Miss and Spring Hill with Weiner in the number three spot... Won with McClure over Carson Newman in the number five spot... Played in the six flight, defeating the number six pair from No. 3 FSU. 

Court Volleyball


Played in 61 sets over 24 matches, with one start… Finished the season with 73 digs and 21 kills… Added eight assists and seven service aces, and five blocks… Twice recorded double-digit digs… Had a season high 11 digs in a four-set win over Georgia Southern on November 7… Also added 10 digs in a win over Presbyterian on September 14… Recorded a season high five kills while hitting .375 over two sets on September 2… Hit .333 with four kills over two sets on October 29… Finished her career with 499 digs and 65 aces.


Played in 27 of 29 matches including three starts in her junior season… Saw action in 89 of the Panther’s 117 sets… Totaled 136 digs, 22 service aces, and 13 kills… Recorded double digit digs in five matches… Accounted for 35.5 points on the season.


Had a breakout year as a sophomore ... Played in all 28 matches and 97 sets including 21 starts ... Recorded 125 kills and served 36 aces on the year ... Total of 36 aces was tied for first on GSU and tied for third in the Sun Belt ... Rantala's average of 0.37 aces per set ranked first in the Sun Belt and 65th in the nation ... Averaged nearly 2.5 digs per set and racked up the second-most digs on GSU with 241 on the year ...Also added 24 block assists ... Notched double-digit kill totals five times including 12 kills against Texas State on Oct. 21 ... Posted two double-doubles including 10 double-digit dig totals ... Earned a season-high 21 digs on Sept. 2 versus William & Mary ... Led the Panthers with five matches of at least four service aces including five aces against Appalachian State on Nov. 4.


Played in 23 of GSU's 26 matches as a freshman and made an impact on defense… Recorded 54 kills, 50 digs and 26 total blocks… Had a season-high six kills in her GSU debut against Western Carolina on Aug. 28… Earned 23 digs at South Alabama on Oct. 3 and totaled four blocks on two different occasions.


Competed in Finland for Jyvaslentis club ... Named MVP of club team in 2012 ... Played on Finland's juniors national team and was team captain 2011-13 ... All-Star for Finnish nationals in 2011 ... Led team to bronze at the Finnish U20 Nationals.


Anna Paulina Rantala was born Nov. 6, 1996 in Jyvaskyla, Finland to Mika and Sirkku Rantala ... Has an older sister, Maija, and younger sister, Helmi ... Majoring in marketing.

View Full Bio
VBALL: Seniors Honored, Panthers Fall to Mountaineers
Replay: VBALL vs. App State
Replay: VBALL vs. Troy