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Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University volleyball team may have played their most balanced match of the year, October 5th at the Dunn Center, as they Lady Govs knocked off Eastern Kentucky University in an Ohio Valley Conference match in three straight games, by scores of 25-22, 25-17, 25-21.
The win for Austin Peay (6-13, 3-1 OVC) was its season-best third straight victory, while the Colonels (8-10, 1-3 OVC) have dropped their last three matches.“We didn’t think the match would go that easily,” Austin Peay coach Taylor Mott said. “Today was the first time this season where everybody contributed and I felt a sense of confidence which all season I haven’t felt.
“Before today we would have one or two hitter that were good at a time, but we haven’t had them all firing on the same cylinder. Today that happened and we hope to build on that from here on out.”
Early on it didn’t look that way, as the Colonels got out to a 17-14 advantage in the opening game – with the Lady Govs struggling at the net with their blocking, which Eastern Kentucky took advantage of hitting for over a .400 kill percentage.
“I remember when coach Mott called that timeout during that first set she asked us where our block was at,” senior middle blocker Lauren Henderson said. “We come back out after that timeout and get two or three blocks in a row and it completely changed the game.”
Changed the game may be an understatement, as the Lady Govs would run off eight straight points to go up 22-17 on their way to a game 1 victory, 25-22.
“Defensively for our back-row players we can make their jobs so much easier on the front row by blocking and getting touches on the ball and slowing it down,” Henderson said. “When we block and get touches on the ball our defense is better and that go a whole out smoother for us overall.”
Henderson would finish with nine kills and four blocks.
But Austin Peay got back-to-back kills from junior middle blocker Liz Landon to spark a 10-2 run to close out the game and give the Lady Govs a comfortable 2-0 advantage.
“It was a lot of fun out there and (setter) Cami (Fields) did a great job of setting up the offense,” Landon said. “We’ve been working very hard at practice and I think our offense is starting to come around and we’re going to keep working and keep getting better as the season goes on.”
Landon totaled 11 kills in the match, in 17 attack attempts, while Fields had assists on 41 of the Lady Govs 49 kills in the match.
But Eastern Kentucky would make one final run at the Lady Govs, tying the game 21-21, but Austin Peay closed out the match by scoring the final four points – including a kill by red-shirt freshman Sammie Ebright to end the game.
The Lady Govs will step out of OVC play briefly for their next match on October 8th, as they travel to Southeastern Conference member University of Missouri for a meeting with the 18-0 Tigers.
“Missouri is an unbelievable team on an 18-game winning streak,” Mott said. “But we play these matches to test ourselves and go in thinking this is the best team that we’re going to see and let’s see what we can do against them, plus it prepares us for our conference play.”
Austin Peay’s next home match will be a OVC contest versus Southeast Missouri State University on October 11th, at 7:00pm.
APSU Head Coach Taylor Mott
Eastern Kentucky vs Austin Peay
October 5th, 2013 at Clarksville, TN
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS.
Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA.
Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.
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