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Austin Peay Lady Govs Volleyball led by Nikki Doyle beat Murray State Racers in four sets
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 11:40 pm In Sports | No Comments
Written by Cody Bush
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Murray, KY – Senior outside hitter Nikki Doyle led all hitters with 17 kills and Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team won a four-set (25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23) Ohio Valley Conference decision against Murray State, Tuesday night at Racer Arena.
Austin Peay (8-10, 2-1 OVC West) showed signs it was regaining its form of two weeks ago, but still couldn’t put all the pieces consistently. The Lady Govs controlled the opening two sets but saw its defense falter as Murray State (3-9, 1-2 OVC West) won the third set. Austin Peay was able to complete the win with a come-from-behind effort in the fourth set.
“I was happy with our performance in the first two sets,” said Austin Peay head coach Taylor Mott. “We were able to control the action both offensively and defensively. However, we didn’t come out with the same intensity in the third set and Murray State took advantage. While we were able to win we still have a ways to go.”
Austin Peay fell behind early in the opening set but used a 6-1 scoring run to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 7-4 lead. The Lady Govs later used a 7-1 run to break open the set with an 18-11 lead and didn’t look back. The stats told an impressive story as APSU scored 15 kills but posted an impressive seven blocks to help secure the win.
Murray State controlled the first part of the second set after breaking out to a 4-1 lead. Austin Peay turned the tide with an 11-3 run that was helped significantly by Murray State attack errors. After gaining an 18-13 lead with that run, the Lady Govs had to withstand one more Racers run that cut the lead to two points but held on for the win.
The fourth set was more of a see-saw affair with 14 ties and seven lead changes. It would take a 4-1 Austin Peay run to secure the set with sophomore outside hitter Jada Stotts supplying a pair of kills to secure the win.
Olden led Murray State with 15 kills, but it was Lelm who caused the most trouble with an errorless 12-kill performance (.632 attack percentage). The Racers won the offensive battle by a 60-57 margin, but could not overcome APSU’s more efficient .299 to .226 attack percentage advantage.
Austin Peay continues its four-match road trip with a 1:00pm (CT), Saturday contest at Eastern Kentucky.
Austin Peay Lady Govs
Austin Peay vs Murray State
(September 25th, 2012 at Murray, KY)
|TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 9.0|
|TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 6.5|
| Site: Murray, Ky. (Racer Arena)
Date: Sep 25, 2012 Attend: 192 Time: 1:53
Referees: Keith Hutchinson, Rick Bolton
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