What you need to know:
*Sarah Renner eclipsed the 2,400 career assist mark, moving into fifth place in GSU history in a 3-0 loss to Appalachian State.
*Lauren Bandera and Meisheia Griffin had strong defensive outings with 15 digs and six blocks respectively.
*The Panthers will travel to Conway to battle Coastal Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
BOONE, N.C.- Georgia State volleyball fell in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-20) to the first place Appalachian State Mountaineers in North Carolina Friday night. Senior Sarah Renner finished the match with 20 assists, pushing her over the 2,400-career assist mark and into fifth place in GSU history.
Appalachian State rolled to a 25-14 win in the first set, despite six digs from Lauren Bandera. Sydney Stroud and Crystal Lee both delivered three digs, but GSU hit just .129 in the opening frame.
Mid way through the second set, Renner set Meisheia Griffin who completed the kill. The assist was number 15 on the evening and 2,396 in the career of the senior from Cedar Rapids. Renner would finish the set with eight assists, and Griffin would add three blocks, but it would not be enough as the Mountaineers would pull away for a 25-17 win.
The Panthers battled in the third set behind five digs from Bandera and three more blocks by Griffin. Four kills from Anna Rantala gave the Panthers an offensive boost, but it was not enough to hold off Appalachian State who took the third set 25-20 to clinch the match.
Bandera would end the night with a match high 15 digs, marking the seventh straight match with at least 15 digs for the freshman libero. Griffin’s six blocks also led all players. The sophomore has 105 blocks on the season. Anna Rantala delivered a season high five kills while hitting .375 on the evening.
The Panthers will have tomorrow off to travel to Conway, S.C. for Sunday’s matchup with Coastal Carolina. GSU will take on the Chanticleers at 12:30 pm Sunday to wrap up the road trip. Live stats will be available via the link in our schedule page and video will be broadcast on the Chanticleer Sports Network.
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