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Instant Peay Play: Huge tests await APSU Govs this week in key OVC matchups

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – When you get into conference play each game is important, but for Austin Peay State University’s football, soccer and volleyball teams this maybe the biggest week of the year so far and one that may set the stage for the rest of the season.

For football, which is still looking for its first win of the season despite putting on a strong showing versus No. 16-ranked Eastern Illinois last Saturday, they renew their rivalry with Murray State – the last team they defeated back on October 18th, 2014 – and the only other team in the Ohio Valley Conference yet to win a game this season.

Austin Peay's Football, Volleyball and Soccer Teams face big tests this week.

Austin Peay’s Football, Volleyball and Soccer Teams face big tests this week.

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Volleyball Govs surging as start of OVC schedule looms

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team should be riding a swell of confidence this week, as they prepare for the beginning of the Ohio Valley Conference part of their schedule this coming weekend, after winning The Citadel Bulldog Invitational.

The Governors went 4-0 at the invitational – winning 12 of 13 sets played overall — picking up wins over The Citadel, Charleston Southern, Elon and Savannah State.

It is the best in-season tournament finish for APSU since the Govs took second place at the University of Tennessee Invitational – with a 3-1 mark — back on September 18th-20th, 2014.

Austin Peay Women's Volleyball Team. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Volleyball Team. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU’s Kelley Guth has been a constant in Governors 15-year soccer history

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s women’s soccer team celebrated the program’s 15-year anniversary this past weekend, including capping things with a 2-0 victory over Alabama A&M at Morgan Brothers Soccer Field.

But while players have come and gone over the past decade and a half, the one continual over the years has been head coach Kelley Guth – the only head coach the Govs have ever had in their history.

APSU Lady Govs Soccer Coach Kelley Guth

APSU Lady Govs Soccer Coach Kelley Guth

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Football Govs need to build on positives heading into home opener

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University may have lost its season opener September 3rd at Troy University, 57-17, but there were several positives that the Governors can build on this week as they prepare for not only their home opener, but their Ohio Valley Conference opener as well versus Tennessee Tech this Saturday, September 10th.

Offensively, the Govs showed they are capable of putting some points on the scoreboard – putting up 17 points on their NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision opponent – the most in six years against a FBS team and the most in a season opener in six years.

Austin Peay Football has plenty of positives going into the seasons home opener. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Football has plenty of positives going into the seasons home opener. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Governors Football ready to open Healy Era this week at Troy

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – From the time Will Healy was announced as the new head coach of the Austin Peay State University football program last December, there has been a new energy around the Governors football program.

That new energy will get to manifest itself for the first time this Saturday, September 3rd, as the Govs open the Healy Era with a 5:00pm contest at Troy University.

“I’m very confident in the direction that we are going,” Healy said. “But obviously you’re going to have those first-game jitters and you want to make sure that you are organized and taken care of everything you need too.

Austin Peay Football kicks off 2016 season at Troy this Saturday, September 3rd. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Football kicks off 2016 season at Troy this Saturday, September 3rd. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: Fast start to season bodes well for APSU Women’s Soccer

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s women’s soccer team got off to a 2-0 start this past weekend, to open its 2016 season, and if history holds suit the Governors are now their way to a winning season.

In the program’s 15-year history, the Govs have only had three seasons — prior to this one — where they’ve open play with at least back-to-back wins; with the others coming in the 2010, 2011 and 2013 seasons.

In the 2011 and 2013 seasons, the Govs opened their respective campaigns with 3-0 starts on their way to 9-8-1 and 11-6-2 records.

Austin Peay Soccer has opened the 2016 seasons with two straight wins. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Soccer has opened the 2016 seasons with two straight wins. (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Govs show promise in Football Scrimmage and Soccer Exhibition

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University had two of its fall sports show some early potential in their first game-type efforts, with football having its first full scrimmage on August 13th at Fortera Stadium, while the soccer team played to a 1-1 tie versus Georgia State on August 14th in its lone exhibition match of the preseason.

For the football Govs, their offense showed some explosiveness that they were lacking last season, with scoring plays of 30 yards, 17 yards and 20 yards.

Austin Peay State University football team held a situational scrimmage Saturday night at Fortera Stadium. (Robert Smith | APSU Athletics)

Austin Peay State University football team held a situational scrimmage Saturday night at Fortera Stadium. (Robert Smith | APSU Athletics)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Governors athletics had a little bit of everything this past week

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – If you’re a fan of Austin Peay State University (APSU) athletics this past week was about as good as it gets, short of winning an Ohio Valley Conference title.

To kick things off, football, volleyball and soccer reported to begin their preseason fall workouts, with their regular seasons just around the corner.

The Governors football team had their first of 17 practice dates this past weekend, with two scrimmages for the Govs also to be held on August 13th (7:30pm) and August 20th (2:45pm).

Austin Peay Football's first game is on the road September 3rd against Troy.

Austin Peay Football’s first game is on the road September 3rd against Troy.

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Instant Peay Play: August heralds APSU Govs return to the field and the class room

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – The first day of fall may not be officially until September 23rd, but the calendar’s change to August means Austin Peay’s return to not only the class room but the field of athletic competition is right around the corner.

Classes on the main Austin Peay campus are set to begin in just three weeks, on August 22nd, but even before the first lecture or lab the Governors Athletic Department will see plenty of action with the return of fall sports – as well as off-season practices for several other sports.

Austin Peay State University Campus. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Campus. (APSU)

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Football Govs have positives despite low pick in preseason polls

 

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – To no one’s surprise, Austin Peay State University’s football team was picked to finish last the official Ohio Valley Conference poll – as well as the media poll – at last week’s OVC Football Media Day, but a closer look inside some key numbers shows the 2016 season outlook may not be as bleak as predicted.

First, the Governors return 56 letter winners from 2015, which is the third most among conference teams, and over 10 more than five OVC opponents – including the prohibitive favorite to win the conference, Jacksonville State.

Austin Peay Governors Football has reasons to feel good about the 2016 Season.

Austin Peay Governors Football has reasons to feel good about the 2016 Season.

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