APSU Sports: Women’s Volleyball
Indianapolis, IN – Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team faltered late in a four-set loss (19-25, 25-22, 14-25, 27-29) to Central Michigan, Friday afternoon, at the Butler Invitational.
Austin Peay (2-6) was consistent in the match’s first two sets, which were both close affairs ultimately decided by APSU’s defensive effort. Central Michigan’s (3-3) offense was left unchecked in the opening set – posting 16 kills and a .344 attack percentage – and posted a 25-19 victory.The Lady Govs defense tightened in the second set, allowing the Chippewas 14 kills but at a more error-prone .212 attack percentage, allowing APSU to secure the 25-22 win to tie the match.
After the break, the Lady Govs offense fell apart. Austin Peay committed 10 attack errors and scored only nine kills in the third set. Central Michigan ran out to an 8-1 lead, only to watch the Lady Govs narrow the deficit to 11-8 thanks to a pair of service aces by senior libero Paige Economos. However, the Chippewas closed the set with a 13-4 run.
But the fourth set may be the one that haunts Austin Peay long after this match. After falling behind early again, the Lady Govs made an incredible 12-1 run to take a 23-17 lead. Austin Peay would get the first shot at set point at 24-21 after a Central Michigan attach error. But CMU held off three straight set point opportunities and tied the set 24-24 to force overtime.
The Lady Govs would have two more set-point chances in extra time, but could not capitalize. Central Michigan ended the match on its second match-point try, forcing an Austin Peay attack error. After getting to set point, Austin Peay committed four attack errors, including three attacks into a Central Michigan block.
Junior outside hitter Nikki Doyle led the Lady Govs with a 15-kill outing, her eighth consecutive double-digit kill outing to start the season. Freshman middle blocker Hillary Plybon followed up a strong effort in her last outing with a 12-kill performance.
Lindsey Dulude led Central Michigan with 14 kills.
Austin Peay returns to action quickly with a 4:30pm (CT) contest against host Butler.