Baltimore, MD—The Georgia State Panthers (12-1) did not drop a game as they won all three matches and captured the 2003 UMBC Retriever Invitational Volleyball Tournament.
The host Retrievers (5-5) defeated both Providence (0-9) and Rider (6-4) to take second place, while Rider defeated Providence to take third.
Georgia State opened the day by edging UMBC, 30-26, 30-25, 30-21. Shelbylynn McBride led the way with 15 kills as the Panthers hit a solid .298 for the match, compared to .133 for UMBC. Rider then outlasted Providence, 33-31, 32-30, 30-24, as sophomore outside hitter Stefanie Lombardo recorded 14 kills and just 2 errors and three Broncs combined for 15 assisted blocks. In game three, Georgia State clinched the title with a 30-13, 30-15, 30-23 win over Providence. Senior Molly Sapp had 13 kills and just 1 error in the victory. In the nightcap, UMBC prevailed, 30- 25, 30-26, 30-25, as grad student Jennifer Davis recorded 10 kills and just 2 errors.
For Georgia State, senior middle blocker Amanda Sapp (Plant City, FL) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She recorded 24 kills in three matches, and hit an outstanding .444 (10 kills, 2 errors, 18 TA) in the pivotal match vs. UMBC. Teammate Shelbylynn McBride (Valrico, FL), who amassed 37 kills in three matches, also earned All Tournament Team honors.
UMBC was represented on the all-tournament team by grad student, middle hitter Jennifer Davis (Ontario, Canada) and sophomore setter Megan Gross (Mont Clair, VA), while Rider was represented by outside hitter Jaclyn Levi (Exton, PA) and Providence by middle Ayana Cadres (Los Angles, CA).
Georgia State def. UMBC, 30-26, 30-25, 30-21
Rider def. Providence, 33-31, 32-30, 30-24
Georgia State def. Providence 30-13, 30-15, 30-23
UMBC def. Rider, 30-25, 30-26, 30-25
Georgia State def. Rider 30-19, 30-24, 30-16
UMBC def. Providence 27-30, 30-25, 30-23, 30-17