Sand volleyball falls at AVCA

Georgia State sand volleyball’s season came to a close this weekend at Gulf Shores, Alabama with losses to the Pepperdine Waves and Stetson Hatters on the first day of the tournament Friday.

The Panthers lost to the Waves in their opening-round matchup of the tournament. With the loss, Georgia State would face Stetson in a consolation-round matchup before losing to the Hatters, eliminating them from the tournament.

Georgia State’s top pair of Sara Olivova and Jansen Button were named as AVCA All-Americans for the tournament.

The team’s season ends with an all-time best record of 18-3.

Friday: 5-0 loss to Pepperdine

Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever (Pepperdine) defeated Sara Olivova and Jansen Button (Georgia State), 21-16, 21-13

Lara Dykstra and Becca Strehlow (Pepperdine) defeated Milani Pickering and Majda Dostalova (Georgia State), 21-14, 21-14

Emily Cook and Delaney Knudsen (Pepperdine) defeated Kate Rawls and Nina Interwies (Georgia State), 21-18, 21-14

Sophie Asprey and Katie Messing (Pepperdine) defeated Jessica Fourspring and Alexis Townsend (Georgia State), 19-21, 21-13, 15-13

Samantha Cash and Corinne Quiggle (Pepperdine) defeated Delaney Rohan and Natalie Wilson (Georgia State), 24-22, 21-15

Friday: 3-2 loss to Stetson

Kaley Melville and Julie Bassett (Stetson) defeated Sara Olivova and Jansen Button (Georgia State), 21-16, 21-16

Majda Dostalova and Milani Pickering (Georgia State) defeated Maren Rygh and Kristin Lind (Stetson), 21-16, 21-19

Nina Interwies and Kate Rawls (Georgia State) defeated Savannah Byl and Holly Reschke (Stetson), 21-16, 21-12

Madison Akins and Kaylee Anderson (Stetson) defeated Jessica Fourspring (Georgia State), 13-21, 23-21, 15-6

Claudia Kalin and Madison Tormey (Stetson) defeated Natalie Wilson and Delaney Rohan (Georgia State), 21-19, 10-21, 15-9

Pairs tournament

Olivova and Button also advanced into the pairs tournament. The Panthers’ duo earned an opening round victory over Florida State’s Taylor Nyquist and Melanie Pavels, 21-14, 18-21, 15-13. Olivova and Button’s second-round match against Loyola Marymount’s Betsi Metter and Sarah Sponcil went three sets, but resulted in a 21-11, 23-25, 15-7 loss to Metter and Sponcil.

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Akiem Bailum - Sports Editor Fall 2014 - Spring 2015. Journalism major with a concentration in telecommunications. Class of 2015. Before becoming sports editor at The Signal, Akiem began his writing career at Georgia State in 2012. After a brief absence, he returned to The Signal in 2014. Akiem has covered Georgia State sports events on site for football, volleyball, basketball and softball games. His advice for future sports writers is to cover more than major sports and to attend as many events in person as possible. When away from the court or the field, Akiem's interests include studying the radio industry.

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