APSU Sports Information Office
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team continues its season-opening eight-match road trip when it meets Evansville in a 7:00pm, Tuesday nonconference contest at the Carson Center.
Both Austin Peay (0-3) and Evansville (0-3) enter the midweek tilt seeking their season’s first victory.
The Lady Govs were shutout at Clemson’s Big Orange Bash last weekend while Evansville won three sets in three matches at the Belmont Invitational.
Senior outside hitter Jada Stotts was a bright spot for the Lady Govs during their stay in Clemson. Stotts recorded 35 kills (3.89 kills per set) in the three-match affair, including a season-best 16 kills in the loss to USC Upstate, Saturday.
However, errors were a significant part of the story during the weekend. The Lady Govs committed 70 attack errors, 21 service errors and 16 reception errors – effectively handing their opponents 107 of the 232 points they won during the tournament.
“We certainly learned what we needed to work on at Clemson,” said Lady Govs head coach Taylor Mott. “We came to practice today (Monday) ready to put the weekend behind us and ready to learn from our mistakes. I have always believed if we take care of our side of the net positive things will happen. That was proven at Clemson.”
Austin Peay Keys to Win
Blocking. Austin Peay was credited with only eight blocks (0.44 blocks per set) in the three-match Big Orange Bash. While the Lady Govs lost leading blocker Lauren Henderson, they returned nearly half of their blocking from last season. Senior Hillary Plybon led the group of returners with 65 blocks (0.76 blocks per set) last season and led APSU with three blocks (0.33 per set) at Clemson.
Errors. The Lady Govs handed their opponents nearly half of their point total over the weekend. A number uncharacteristic of the squad in Mott’s first two seasons. The 70 attack errors were a particular concern, nearly negating the team’ s 99 kills. Expect Austin Peay to get that number under control starting this week.
Evansville, picked to finish eighth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll, took Belmont, which was picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference, to five sets in the final match of the Belmont Invitational.
Evansville freshman Genesis Miranda made a splash in the season’s first weekend, posting a team-best 30 kills (2.50 kills per set). Senior Ashley Ring was close behind with 28 kills (2.33 kills per set). The Purple Aces dominated the net with 32 blocks (2.67 blocks per set) with three players reaching double-digit block territory.