ATLANTA, Georgia - Dede Bohannon recorded 19 kills to lead four Panthers in double figures as Georgia State rallied for a 3-2 (24-26, 28-26, 22-25, 26-24, 15-8) victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Saturday at the GSU Sports Arena.
The Panthers improved to 3-14 on the season and 1-4 in CAA play as they halted a seven-match losing skid. The Seahawks, meanwhile, moved to 7-14 and 0-6 with the five-set heartbreaker.
"This was a hard fought match on both sides and unfortunately we had a few key points we could not convert at the end of the fourth set," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. "Christi (Laite) and Morgan (Kline) were great offensively tonight, but it's going to take better production from more players to reach success."
Bohannon was joined in double figures by freshman Eliza Zachery, who posted 15 kills and a .467 hitting percentage, senior Jamiee Freeman and freshman Sydney Hunsley, who pitched in 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Freshmen Andrea DeLeon and Natalia Nieto both handed out 31 assists as they paced the Panthers lineup to 72 kills and a .233 hitting percentage. Freeman added a match-high 25 digs to finish with a double-double while senior Emily Averbeck pitched in 23.
Sophomore Morgan Kline notched a match-high 20 kills and junior Christi Laite added 17 spikes for the Seahawks. Freshman Victoria Phillips notched 25 assists and senior Natalie Lahaie handed out 23 as the duo guided the UNCW lineup to 61 kills and a .165 hitting percentage. Junior Haley Collins notched a team-high 23 digs as Kline notched 18 and Phillips added 14 both give both players a double-double.
Georgia State led 21-18 late in the first set until UNCW rattled off three unanswered points to tie the frame at 21-all. The two teams then traded points until, with the score tied at 24-all, a kill by junior Courtney Porter and a Panthers attack error gave the Seahawks a 26-24 victory.
The second set saw the two sides play through 17 ties and nine lead changes before a kill by Zachary and a Seahawks attack error broke a 26-all deadlock and led the Panthers to a 28-26 triumph.
Trailing 17-16 midway through the third set, a ball handling error by GSU sparked UNCW to a 6-1 spurt and a 23-18 advantage. The Panthers would respond to the Seahawks run, tallying five straight points to make a 23-22 contest, but back-to-back attack errors would end the GSU rally and give UNCW a 25-22 victory.
GSU raced out to an early 8-1 lead in the fourth set and held a 21-17 advantage later in the frame when a spike by sophomore Leah Gagliardi sparked the Seahawks to score seven of the next nine points and take a 24-23 lead. The Panthers would respond, taking advantage of a Seahawks service error and back-to-back blocks to record a 26-24 victory and force a fifth set.
GSU never trailed in the fifth set, scoring five of the six points of the frame to race out to an early 5-1 advantage before scoring eight of the final 12 points of the stanza to claim a 15-8 win and the match.
UNCW returns to action Oct. 20 with a 2 p.m. matinee at William & Mary. Georgia State entertains the Tribe Sunday in a 1 p.m. match.