ATLANTA – A cursory look at Friday's box score might lead you to believe differently, but Georgia State held off Virginia Commonwealth University for a 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23) victory at the GSU Sports Arena.
VCU is 5-12 overall and 0-3 in Colonial Athletic Association following the loss, while the Panthers improve to 8-11 overall and 2-0 in league action.
The Rams dropped three close sets to the Panthers despite recording 15 more kills (48-33), 11 more digs (46-35) and five more blocks (11-6). VCU also outhit Georgia State, .262-.184. But unforced errors doomed VCU Friday.
Junior Kristin Boyd (Wilmington, N.C.) led all players with 17 kills, while classmate Anett Farkas (Budapest, Hungary) blasted 13 and hit .455 for the Rams. Junior Jasmine Waters (Landover, Md.) added seven kills and six blocks, while freshman setter Cecilia Aragao (Recife, Brazil) handed out 42 assists.
Muki Kangwa provided most of GSU's offense Friday, spiking 15 kills and hitting .448.
The Black and Gold committed 10 service errors, four ball handling errors and four blocking miscues. Not only did VCU's errors (hitting, service, receiving, blocking and ball handling) in the match outnumber Georgia State's, 45-21, but those mistakes often came at critical junctures.
The Rams led the opening set, 21-20, but a ball handling error, followed by a hitting error gave the Panthers a 22-21 advantage. Later, with the score tied at 23-all, VCU committed a service error and another ball handling error to surrender the frame, 25-23.
The second set was an unfortunate case of déjà vu for VCU. Tied at 20, a service error, a GSU block and an errant Ram attack gave the Panthers a 23-20 lead. Two more VCU service errors clinched the set for GSU.
VCU will regroup and head to Wilmington, N.C. for a date with UNC Wilmington on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. The Rams have defeated the Seahawks 12 consecutive times dating back to 2004 and have won 21 of the last 23 in the series.