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Instant Peay Play: APSU Govs, Lady Govs Cross County teams hitting their stride as OVC Championships loom

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – After being picked to finish in the bottom half of the standing, in the pre-season Ohio Valley Conference poll back in August, the Austin Peay State University men’s and women’s cross country teams seem to be hitting their peak with the OVC Champions coming up on November 1st.

The Lady Govs were picked to finish in seventh place, while the Govs were slected to finish ninth, but improved times and wins over several conference teams during the regular season give both teams confidence that they can come in higher than that pre-season poll indicated.

Austin Peay Cross Country teams ready for OVC Championships.

Austin Peay Cross Country teams ready for OVC Championships.

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Austin Peay State University Governors Golf wins F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate

 

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUHopkinsville, KY – Senior Tucker Wallace and freshman Jonas Vaisanen each fired third round 70s to help Austin Peay State University men’s golf team expand its lead en route to the team title at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, Tuesday, at The Links at Novadell.

Austin Peay entered the round with an eight-shot lead, but thanks to Wallace and Vaisanen expanded its lead to eight shots at tournament’s end. The Govs, who won their home tournament for the ninth time in 15 tries, finished with an 842 (278-280-284) total that was 22-under par. UT Martin (850) finished second followed by Eastern Kentucky (851). Belmont and Southern Illinois were tied for fourth with 854s.

Austin Peay Governors win F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate/ (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Governors win F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate/ (APSU Sports Information)

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Instant Peay Play: Necessity leads APSU Governors punter Ben Campbell to record-breaking career

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – In sports you never know what event, no matter how big or small, may lead to unexpected results and a future that wasn’t planned.

Austin Peay State University punter Ben Campbell is a prime example of that premise, with an injury to a teammate in high school leading to a record-breaking career for the Governors.

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Instant Peay Play: Youthful APSU Lady Govs, Governors golf teams looking for consistency with home events looming

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s women’s and men’s golf teams will looking for continued improvement and consistency, as both will play host to their lone home tournament of the year with the 16th Annual F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate.

The Lady Govs will be holding their event at the Clarksville Country Club on October 13th and 14th, while the Governors holding their tournament on October 20th and 21st at The Links at Novadell in Hopkinsville, KY.

“We love to be able to play at home,” Austin Peay coach Sara Robson said. “We have a lot of support from the community and a lot of volunteers to help us out.

Austin Peay State University Golf teams to host 16th Annual F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate.

Austin Peay State University Golf teams to host 16th Annual F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate.

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Instant Peay Play: Austin Peay friendship renewed after 30 years

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – Anyone that knows me knows that I’ve been involved with Austin Peay and Governors athletics for a long, long time – 1979 to be exact – and this past weekend at the Govs football game versus Eastern Kentucky a friendship that began back in the early 1980’s was resumed like no time had passed.

Scott Barker, from Kingston in east Tennessee, came to Austin Peay in 1982 to play football for then new head coach Emory Hale – who was hired after winning several state championships at Oak Ridge High School.

Scott Barker

Scott Barker

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Lady Govs Volleyball finding stride as OVC play begins

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team had plenty of ups and downs during its pre-Ohio Valley Conference schedule, but with the start of conference play the Lady Govs are just starting to find the consistency needed to challenge the elite in the OVC.

2014 Austin Peay State University's volleyball team. (APSU Sports Information)

2014 Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU’s Jada Stotts leads Lady Govs Volleyball to five set win over UT Martin Skyhawks

 

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN - Senior outside hitter Jada Stotts recorded 22 kills, including four in the fifth set, as Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team eked past UT Martin in five sets (28-26, 25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 15-11), in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams, Friday night, at the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay Volleyball beats UT Martin.

Austin Peay Volleyball beats UT Martin.

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Instant Peay Play: APSU Lady Govs Softball’s Erica Inagaki’s 4,000 mile journey already off to great start

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s softball program has brought in players from almost every part of the country over the 29 years of the program, but this year’s squad has a first in Erica Inagaki – the first player signed from the state of Hawaii.

Inagaki, a 5-foot-1 middle infielder is from the island of Oahu — the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and over 4,200 miles from Clarksville – was found and recruited by coach Stephanie Paris and her coaching staff after getting a skills tape she had sent out.

Austin Peay Softball's Erica Inagaki.

Austin Peay Softball’s Erica Inagaki.

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Instant Peay Play: APSU slow starts not the end with Ohio Valley Conference play right around the corner

 

Legends Bank, Clarksville TNClarksville, TN – There haven’t been a lot of wins so far this fall for Austin Peay teams, but with Ohio Valley Conference contests right around the corner, don’t count out the Governors or Lady Govs just yet.

Overall win-loss records are important, without a question, but it’s the OVC games that mean more than the pre-season with berths into the postseason keyed on those contests.

Austin Peay State University Soccer, Volleyball and Football to begin OVC season.

Austin Peay State University Soccer, Volleyball and Football to begin OVC season.

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APSU Lady Govs Soccer loses hard fought match to Ole Miss Rebels 2-0

 

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN - Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team took some positive steps Friday night against Ole Miss. Despite coming away on the wrong side of a 2-0 decision, the Lady Govs showed poise and toughness against an experienced Rebel squad picked to finish ninth in the Southeastern Conference preseason coaches poll.

Austin Peay Soccer falls to SEC foe Ole Miss 2-0.

Austin Peay Soccer falls to SEC foe Ole Miss 2-0.

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