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Lady Govs volleyball wins OVC road opener at Tennessee Tech

 

APSU Women’s Volleyball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsCookeville, TN – Sophomore Nikki Doyle posted 14 kills to lead Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team to a three-set sweep (25-13, 25-19, 27-25) of Tennessee Tech in Ohio Valley Conference action, Friday night, at the Eblen Center.

Austin Peay (12-2, 3-0 OVC) got good performances both offensively and defensively. The Lady Govs offense recorded 43 kills and a .284 attack percentage. Meanwhile, the defense registered 50 digs and six blocks to hold the Tennessee Tech offense to 29 kills and a .084 attack percentage.

Sophomore Nikki Doyle led the Lady Govs with 14 kills at Tennessee Tech, Friday night. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Sophomore Nikki Doyle led the Lady Govs with 14 kills at Tennessee Tech, Friday night. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

After leading the first set nearly wire-to-wire, Austin Peay needed late rallies to clinch the second and third sets. The Lady Govs scored five consecutive point to end the second set, 25-19. Austin Peay saw a three-point, 23-20, lead in the third set evaporate, but used consecutive kills by junior Ilyanna Hernandez to win the set, 27-25.

Doyle finished with 14 kills and committed just two attack errors to finish with a team-best .353 attack percentage. Hernandez added 10 kills and senior Taylor Skinner chipped in eight kills.

Leah Meffert and Marie Peddicord, Tennessee Tech’s top two hitters entering the match, had sub-par outings to hamper the home team’s effort. Meffert finished with six kills and seven attack errors (-.027 attack percentage) and Peddicord had four kills and five errors (-.091 attack percentage). Instead, Natalie Penrod led the Golden Eagles with seven kills.

Austin Peay continues its two-match road trip with a 2:00pm, Saturday contest at Jacksonville State.


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