CONWAY, S.C.- Georgia State volleyball fell in a four-setter to Coastal Carolina (25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-14) on Sunday. The Panthers are now 0-2 in Sun Belt play.
Sydney Stroud extended her double-digit kill streak to six matches with 10 on the outing. Meisheia Griffin added 10 kills of her own and led the team with five blocks. The Panthers continued to split setting duties with Kampbell Hehr and Jordan Shoemaker posting 18 and 20 assists respectively.
Coastal Carolina would lead the entire first frame, but Georgia State would keep in striking distance up until the end. Despite three kills and two blocks by Griffin, the Panthers would not close the gap. The Chanticleers rolled to a 25-19 opening set win.
GSU responded with a quick 4-1 lead in the second. The Chanticleers would first knot the game at 10-10. Unforced errors by both teams prohibited either squad from pulling away in the match. There would be eleven ties throughout the frame. With the match tied at 22-22, the two seniors, Madelyn Ott and Sydney Stroud, posted three kills to secure the 25-23 set victory.
Play would continue to be close in the beginning of the third, but Coastal Carolina would capitalize on a service ace. The Chanticleers would find momentum and go on a 4-1 scoring run to pull away from the Panthers. Coastal Carolina took the frame 25-19.
Coastal Carolina roared to a 6-1 lead in the final set and would lead the remainder of the way. The Chanticleers clinched the match with a 25-14 victory.
Next up for Georgia State are two matches in the GSU Sports Arena. The Panthers will host the Sun Belt’s Alabama schools next week, facing South Alabama on Friday, and Troy Saturday evening,