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.

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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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