Sand Volleyball improves to 18-1

Georgia State sand volleyball concluded the second of its two school-hosted tournaments of the season when the Panthers earned a pair of victories in the Southeast Sand Slam at the Sand Volleyball Complex.

The Panthers earned team victories over University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) and the University of Arkansas-Birmingham (UAB). In addition, Georgia State’s pairing of Nina Interwies and Jessica Fourspring earned a victory over ULM’s Bayleigh Hoffman and Hadley Swartz in the pairs tournament’s Silver Bracket.

Georgia State will compete in more pairs competition this weekend on April 11-12 at Siesta Key, Florida. The competition will also feature 26 other schools.

Friday: 4-1 win over ULM

Majda Dostalova and Milani Pickering (Georgia State) defeated Marcela Araya and Michelle McNamee (ULM), 21-19, 17-21, 15-8

Hope Pawlik and Katie Lindstrom (ULM) defeated Kate Rawls and Sarah Agnew (Georgia State), 20-22, 21-16, 15-11

Jansen Button and Sara Olivova (Georgia State) defeated Alannah Cullum and Claire Crossfield (Georgia State), 21-13, 21-15

Delaney Rohan and Nina Interwies (Georgia State) defeated Hadley Swartz and Bayleigh Hoffman (ULM), 21-11, 21-8

Jessica Fourspring and Alexis Townsend (Georgia State) defeated Kaitlyn Shearer and Taylor Zaeske (ULM), 21-16

Friday: 3-2 win over UAB

Kiri Hirini and Bethanie Thomas (UAB) defeated Majda Dostalova and Milani Pickering (Georgia State), 21-23, 22-20, 15-8

Rachel Fairbanks and Sara Rishell (UAB) defeated Kate Rawls and Sarah Agnew (Georgia State), 21-19, 23-21, 16-14

Jansen Button and Sara Olivova (Georgia State) defeated Anna Messisco and Gabbi Moreno (UAB), 21-9, 21-11

Jessica Fourspring and Nina Interwies (Georgia State) defeated Ally Slaughter and Leslie Ekpe (UAB), 21-15, 21-16

Natalie Wilson and Delaney Rohan (Georgia State) defeated Becca Howard and Avei Logoleo (UAB), 21-14, 21-13

Molly Smestad and Alexis Elmurr (Georgia State) defeated Amber Treace and Haley Jared (UAB), 21-15, 21-12

Gold bracket

In the pairs competition, both Georgia State pairs that played matches in the Gold Bracket won their first-round matchups. Rawls and Agnew defeated College of Charleston’s Lauren Hollman and Mackenzie Cooler, 21-14, 21-19. Button and Olivova were winners over the Cougars’ Bailey Humes and Maddie Hills, 18-21, 21-15, 15-9.

Button and Olivova lost to ULM’s Araya and McNamee, 21-19, 12-21, 15-12 and Rawls and Agnew fell to UAB’s Hirini and Thomas, 21-19, 21-15 in the second round. Dostalova and Pickering earned a 17-21, 21-18, 15-12 win over UAB’s Fairbanks and Rishell, advancing to the semifinals.

Cougar’s Melissa Morello and Catey Warren eliminated the Panthers’ Dostalova and Pickering in the semifinals, 16-21, 21-11, 15-9. Button and Olivova earned a 21-18 win over Fairbanks and Rishell. Georgia State’s Rawls and Agnew topped Pawlik and Lindstrom, 21-10 as both Panthers pairs finished tied for fifth in the Gold Bracket.

Morello and Warren were crowned champions of the Gold Bracket.

Silver Bracket

Fourspring and Interwies earned a first-round bye for the Silver Bracket, automatically placing them in the second round. Smestad and Elmurr proved victorious over the Cougars’ Krissy Mummey and Megan Quigley, 21-18, 21-14. Another first-round tilt featured Panthers vs. Panthers as Deidra Bohannon and Alexis Townsend advanced to the second round with a 21-16, 21-16 win over Delaney Rohan and Natalie Wilson.

In the second round, Fourspring and Interwies dispatched UAB’s Howard and Logoleo, 21-8, 21-13. Another Georgia State win came by way of Bohannon and Townsend over UAB’s Messisco and Moreno, 21-7, 21-14. ULM’s Swartz and Hoffman eliminated the Panthers’ Smestad and Elmurr, 14-21, 21-19, 15-9.

The semifinals saw Fourspring and Interwies advance to the finals with a 21-13, 21-15 win over Shearer and Zaeske of ULM. The Warhawks’ Swartz and Hoffman also advanced as they defeated the Panthers’ Bohannon and Townsend, 28-26, 21-14.

Fourspring and Interwies dropped the first set to Swartz and Hoffman, 20-22 but prevailed in the final two sets, 21-11, 15-11.

About Akiem Bailum 285 Articles
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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