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Local Roundup: SHS volleyball bows out of playoffs

    The dream season of the Statesboro girls volleyball season came to an end Wednesday night in Forsyth as the Lady Blue Devils dropped a 2-1 decision to Mary Persons in the first round of the GHSA state playoffs.
    In just their second season of competition, the Devils surpassed all expectations, but couldn’t pull off the first round upset.
    Needing to win one more set to advance to the second round, Statesboro was unable to hold on to late leads in each of the last two sets.
    “That’s just a little inexperience,” said SHS coach Bob Massee. “But that’s nothing against our girls. They gave it their all. For as far as we’ve come this season, I couldn’t be more proud.”
    Despite being a newcomer to the sport, Statesboro seems like it will make plenty of waves in the near future. The Devils have just one senior graduating from this season’s team, giving them much more depth and experience to look forward to in their third season.

GSU hoops to meet fans Saturday
    The Georgia Southern men's and women’s basketball teams will be signing autographs at the Statesboro Mall Saturday, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Fans will have the opportunity to meet student-athletes and coaches from both programs and get signed 2012-13 schedule posters. Season tickets will be on sale at the event, and Georgia Southern apparel can be found at the Sir Shop in the mall.

GSU tennis heads to FSU tourney
    After a solid showing at home in the Georgia Southern Championships, the GSU men’s tennis team travels to Tallahassee for the ITA Southern Regional Championships, hosted by Florida State.
    Qualifications begin on Thursday with main draws in both singles and doubles starting on Friday. Finals of the tournament will be held on Monday.

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