APSU Sports Information: Austin Peay Volleyball
Murray, KY – Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team finished its 2011 slate with a three-set Ohio Valley Conference sweep (25-16, 25-21, 25-21) of Murray State, Saturday, at Racer Arena.
Austin Peay (11-20, 9-11 OVC) finished the regular-season tied for fifth place with Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State. However, the Lady Govs will not be one of the six teams to advance to the OVC Tournament, losing in a tiebreaker to both teams.
The Lady Govs trailed early in the opening set, 5-1, but scored six consecutive points to take a 7-5 lead and would not trail again, winning 25-16. Senior Paige Economos had two service aces during the scoring run to help the cause.
Murray State (8-23, 8-12 OVC) pushed the action in teh second set, leading 13-11. Austin Peay would use four consecutive points to take a 15-14 lead before the teams exchanged the next several points. Trailing 19-17, Austin Peay closed the set with a 8-2 run that required only one kill – by freshman Hillary Plybon – as Murray State committed seven errors in the closing stretch.
The third set was a much closer affair with the two squads combining for 10 ties and three lead changes. Austin Peay asserted itself with a set-ending 8-3 run that included three kills by junior Nikki Doyle and a kill each from senior Kayla Grantham and Ilyanna Hernandez to secure the sweep.
Hernandez led the Lady Govs with 10 kills, the only APSU hitter to reach double-digit kill territory. Grantham finished the night with eight kills while Doyle and sophomore Lauren Henderson each added seven kills.
Cassy Woolverton led Murray State with nine kills.
Ilyanna Hernandez was the Copies in a Flash Player of the Match.