Oct 26, 2013 12:21 AM by UL Sports Information
ATLANTA - Georgia State's Dede Bohannon recorded 22 kills while Eliza Zachary collected 18 kills to lead the Panthers to a hard-fought 25-19, 27-29, 26-24, 30-28 victory over the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns in a Sun Belt Conference volleyball match on Friday at GSU Sports Arena.
Sydney Hunsley and Kristina Stinson had 10 kills each as GSU (7-17, 2-8 Sun Belt) won its second consecutive match. Natalia Nieto registered a double-double for the Panthers with 58 assists and 13 digs with Emily Averbeck recording 27 digs.
After dropping the opening set, Louisiana (15-9, 5-5 Sun Belt) withstood nine ties by GSU in the second frame before the Ragin' Cajuns evened the match at a set apiece. A kill by Sara Mossakowski snapped a 27-27 deadlock before Lavinia Tataran finished off the set with the last of her three kills in the frame.
The Ragin' Cajuns fell behind 9-0 in the third set before staging a rally. Louisiana trailed 24-21 before a pair of kills by Tataran and a service ace by Kaylee Nemeth knotted the set at 24-24. But a service error by Nemeth and an attack error by Hole gave the Panthers their second set in the best-of-five match.
Both teams continued to battle in the fourth that saw 15 ties and nine lead changes before GSU eventually rallied from set point and avoiding a decisive fifth frame.
The Ragin' Cajuns led 24-20 on a kill by Mossakowski, but Tataran followed with a service error and GSU scored the next four points to take a 25-24 lead. A kill by Mossakowski tied the match at 25-25 and the teams traded points until Hunsley snapped a 28-all tie with a kill and Nieto followed with a kill.
Molly Shonk added 17 digs for the Panthers, which held an 83-78 advantage over the Ragin' Cajuns. GSU recorded eight service aces in the match and posted 10 team blocks on defense with Zachary recorded five.
Tonice White led Louisiana with 15 kills and a .407 hitting percentage. Tataran added 14 kills and 11 digs to post her seventh double-double of the season for the Ragin' Cajuns with Mossakowski posting her third double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs.
Hole posted a double-double - her team-leading 14th of the season - for the Ragin' Cajuns with 50 assists and 15 digs while Caitlyn Auxilien had 23 digs. Freshman Chanelle Gardner, who posted seven kills and hit .263, led all players with six blocks.
Louisiana will return to action on Sunday when it travels to face South Alabama in a 1 p.m. contest at Jag Gym.
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