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Austin Peay’s Hillary Plybon’s career-best 19-kill outing leads Lady Govs Volleyball to season-opening Win

 

Written by Cody Bush
APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Lady GovsMemphis, TN – Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team began the Taylor Mott era with a five-set victory (25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 24-26, 15-11) against host Memphis, Friday afternoon at the Memphis Invitational.

Four Lady Govs hitters notched double-digit kill totals in the season-opening match. However, it was sophomore middle blocker Hillary Plybon’s career-best 19-kill effort that paced the team to its second-ever victory against Memphis.

Austin Peay Volleyball's Sophomore Hillary Plybon posted a career-best 19 kills in Austin Peay's win over Memphis. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

Austin Peay Volleyball’s Sophomore Hillary Plybon posted a career-best 19 kills in Austin Peay’s win over Memphis. (Courtesy: Keith Dorris/Dorris Photography)

“We went into the Memphis match with a game plan and we executed it,” said Mott. “The middles were outstanding and Cami (Fields) did a tremendous job setting them and making smart choices. We hope this kind of effort will continue and we know we still have a lot of work to do. But you can’t teach heart and this team has a ton of it.”

When Austin Peay (1-0) was able to run its offense efficiently, as it did in the first and third sets, it was able to pull away from Memphis to win the set. The first set saw the Lady Govs post 15 kills with a .382 attack percentage as Plybon and junior middle blocker Lauren Henderson each had four kills. Austin Peay added 17 kills at a .293 attack percentage in a third-set victory with senior outside hitter Nikki Doyle posting an impressive eight kills without an error.

Hillary PlybonMemphis (0-1) was at its best when forcing Austin Peay into see-saw affairs. The Tigers put forth their best offensive outing in the second set with 15 kills and a .364 attack percentage, but still needed a 7-0 run to win the set after 10 ties and six lead changes. The fourth set was nearly identical with Memphis using a 5-0 run – aided by three Austin Peay errors to end the set – to win the set in overtime, 26-24.

Austin Peay turned the tables in the fifth set using a 5-1 run to end the match. The Lady Govs recorded only five kills in the frame but scored three points off service aces and received five points off Tigers errors.

Nikki DoylePlybon finished with 19 kills and a .500 attack percentage. Also reaching double-digit kill territory were Doyle (15), Henderson (13) and sophomore Jada Stotts (10). Stotts also added 13 digs to record her first career double-double.

The Lady Govs recorded 60 kills to outpace the Tigers 56-kill effort. Austin Peay also posted 11 service aces and 10 blocks to dominate the hosts in both categories.

Altrese Hawkins led Memphis with a 19-kill, 18-dig double-double effort. Marija Jovanovic added 13 kills.

Austin Peay continues play at the Memphis Invitational with a 4:00pm contest against UALR which lost to Eastern Michigan, 3-1, in the tournament opener.

Box Score

Austin Peay Lady Govs Volleyball
Austin Peay vs Memphis
(8/24th/12 at Memphis, TN)

 

Austin Peay ATTACK SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
## Player SP K E TA PCT A SA SE RE DIG BS BA BE BHE Points
1 FIELDS, Cami 5 1 2 5 -.200 50 2 1 0 8 0 3 0 2 4.5
5 SAIN, Alex 2 1 1 9 .000 1 2 0 1 6 1 1 0 0 4.5
9 DOYLE, Nikki 5 15 6 44 .205 0 1 3 0 9 1 1 0 0 17.5
12 HENDERSON, Lauren 5 13 3 24 .417 1 2 1 0 2 0 5 0 2 17.5
14 STOTTS, Jada 5 10 6 41 .098 0 1 2 1 13 1 1 0 0 12.5
15 PLYBON, Hillary 5 19 3 32 .500 1 2 5 0 5 1 1 0 1 22.5
2 HULL, Calyn 3 1 1 9 .000 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 2.0
3 ADAMS, April 5 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 1 13 0 0 0 0 0.0
Totals 5 60 22 164 .232 54 11 12 3 60 4 12 1 5 81.0
TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET
Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct
1 15 2 34 .382 13-18 72%
2 10 6 39 .103 12-24 50%
3 17 5 41 .293 15-20 75%
4 13 8 39 .128 13-25 51%
5 5 1 11 .364 9-12 75%
62-99 62%
SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS
Austin Peay (3) 25 20 25 24 15 1-0
Memphis (2) 17 25 19 26 11 0-1

 


 

Memphis ATTACK SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
## Player SP K E TA PCT A SA SE RE DIG BS BA BE BHE Points
3 ZIMMERMAN, Veronica 3 1 2 3 -.333 26 1 0 0 9 0 0 0 1 2.0
6 HAWKINS, Altrese 5 19 7 44 .273 1 0 2 5 18 0 1 1 0 19.5
9 JOVANOVIC, Marija 5 13 4 30 .300 0 0 1 2 7 0 1 1 0 13.5
10 KOSTIC, Maja 5 9 5 36 .111 0 1 2 0 15 0 0 1 0 10.0
11 HAWKINS, Lauren 5 9 3 19 .316 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 10.0
19 WESLEY, Alexis 3 3 1 6 .333 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 4.0
4 PULIDO, Megan 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
5 LOUIE, Jaden 3 0 0 2 .000 19 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 3 0.5
12 TEIVANE, Viktorija 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
16 PETRONIJEVIC, A. 5 0 0 1 .000 5 1 2 4 17 0 0 0 0 1.0
22 MEYER, Katie 2 2 2 5 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.5
Totals 5 56 24 146 .219 51 3 8 11 72 1 6 6 5 63.0
TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 4.0
TEAM ATTACK BY SET
Set K E TA Pct Sideout Pct
1 11 6 26 .192 12-24 50%
2 15 3 33 .364 13-21 61%
3 12 6 41 .146 14-24 58%
4 10 5 29 .172 14-25 56%
5 8 4 17 .235 8-14 57%
61-108 56%
Site: Memphis, Tenn. (Elma Roane FH)
Date: 8/24/12 Attend: 117 Time: 1:51
Referees: Robley Shewmaker, Mike Hamilton
1 2 3 4 5 Total
Tie scores 3 10 2 13 10 38
Lead changes 1 6 1 6 3 17

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