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Lady Govs volleyball downs Eastern Illinois, secures second place

 

APSU Women’s Volleyball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsCape Girardeau, MO – Austin Peay State University closed out the road portion of its 2010 schedule with a three-set sweep (25-22, 25-21, 25-18) of Southeast Missouri in Ohio Valley Conference action at Houck Fieldhouse.

Austin Peay (22-6, 13-4 OVC) trailed just once the entire match, after committing an attack error on the match’s first point. The Lady Govs got the point back on a Southeast Missouri miscue and took the lead courtesy senior Sarah Alisaleh’s service ace.

Junior Ilyanna Hernandez led the Lady Govs with 14 kills in Saturday's victory at Southeast Missouri. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

Junior Ilyanna Hernandez led the Lady Govs with 14 kills in Saturday's victory at Southeast Missouri. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

Southeast Missouri (6-21, 3-13 OVC) stuck close throughout the contest, trailing by no more than seven points in any set. The Redhawks fell behind by six points in the opening set, but recovered and staved off set point three times before falling at 25-22. Southeast Missouri forced a tie at 20-20 in the second set, but could not take the lead as Austin Peay scored five of the set’s final six points, winning 25-21.

It was only the third set that Austin Peay led comfortably late. A 7-2 run turned a two-point advantage into a seven-point, 21-14, lead, which they would maintain to the 25-18 set victory.

Ilyanna HernandezJunior Ilyanna Hernandez led the Lady Govs with 14 kills. Sophomore Nikki Doyle added 12 kills but led the team with a .393 attack percentage, committing just one error on 28 attempts.

Austin Peay finished with 50 team kills, recording 18 in both the first and second sets. The Lady Govs also were efficient offensively, committing only 17 errors and finishing with a .236 attack percentage.

Southeast Missouri scored just 36 team kills, Clair Keaton leading the effort with eight kills.

Austin Peay returns home to close out its regular-season slate with a pair of contest. The Lady Govs close out the OVC race with a 7:00pm, Friday contest against Tennessee State. They will then wrap up the regular-season schedule with a 5:00pm, Saturday contest against SIU Edwardsville.


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