Austin Peay Sports Information Office
Clarksville, TN – A balanced offensive attack helped Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team secure a three-set sweep (25-20, 27-25, 25-23) against Morehead State in Ohio Valley Conference action, Saturday, at the Dunn Center.
With the win, Austin Peay (10-10, 4-0 OVC) moved to .500 for the first time this season and remained atop the OVC standings after two weeks.It was the Lady Govs first regular-season win against the Eagles since the 2010 season, ending a five-match losing streak in regular-season matches.
Senior outside hitter Jada Stotts had a sub-par performance (7 kills, minus-.031 attack percentage), but her teammates picked her up. Freshman outside hitter Ashley Slay had a team-best nine kills and a .333 attack percentage while sophomore Sammie Ebright added eight kills and junior Samantha Strother chipped in seven kills.
Austin Peay won the first set in near wire-to-wire fashion, taking the lead for good at 3-2 and cruising to a 25-20 victory. Both teams recorded 12 kills in the set, but Morehead State committed four service errors as part of 12 points handed to Austin Peay in the frame.
Morehead State (0-17, 0-4 OVC) made the second set far tougher for Austin Peay. The Eagles led by as many as four points, 17-13, before the Lady Govs were able to climb back into the contest. Austin Peay used a 5-1 run, with two kills from Slay and a kill and a service ace by Ebright, to tie the set.
The set ultimately went into overtime where Morehead State saw a set point, 25-24, denied by a Strother kill. Junior Liz Landon followed with a kill to give APSU set point which Stotts won with a service ace.
Austin Peay jumped out to a big lead in the third set but gave it all back before eking out the win. The Lady Govs led by seven points, 17-10, after another Stotts service ace and held a six-point, 21-15 lead later in the frame.
However, the Eagles rallied for six consecutive points, including three kills by Laura McDermott, to force both Austin Peay timeouts while slashing the deficit to one point, 22-21.
However, the Eagles fifth service error of the set ended the run. Still the Eagles would tie the set 23-23, thanks to a block of a Stotts attack. Austin Peay would recover with a kill by Strother and a kill by Ebright to end the match with a 25-23 set win.
The Lady Govs won despite recording just 40 kills and a .188 attack percentage. Morehead State posted 43 kills and a better .252 attack percentage, but handed APSU 13 points on service errors and another eight on APSU service aces.
Sydney Schuler led Morehead State with 10 kills off the bench. Bailey Nichol added nine kills.
Austin Peay, which are tied with Jacksonville State for the OVC lead, begins a four-match OVC road trip with a 7:00pm, Friday contest at SIU Edwardsville.
Morehead State 0 vs Austin Peay 3
|Set Scores||1||2||3||Team Records|
|Austin Peay||(3)||25||27||25||10-10, 4-0 OVC|
|Morehead State||(0)||20||25||23||0-17, 0-4 OVC|
Morehead State (0-17, 0-4 OVC)
|Team Attack By Set|
|Total Team Blocks: 8.0|
|LEADERS:Kills-Aces-Blocks: SCHULER, Sydney (10-0-1); NICHOL, Bailey (9-0-2); SIGALA, Hannah (7-0-6); McDERMOTT, Laura (5-0-2); FITZMORRIS, Alex (5-0-1); EVANS, Alli (4-1-1); CAMERON, Colbey (3-0-0)Assists: NICHOL, Bailey (16); CAMERON, Colbey (15); RILLEMA, Hope (4); SILVER, Stacy (2); McDERMOTT, Laura (1); SIGALA, Hannah (1)
Digs: RILLEMA, Hope (14); CAMERON, Colbey (7); SILVER, Stacy (7); NICHOL, Bailey (6); EVANS, Alli (6); SCHULER, Sydney (3); McDERMOTT, Laura (2); HALL, Jessica (2); SIGALA, Hannah (1); FITZMORRIS, Alex (1)
Austin Peay (10-10, 4-0 OVC)
|Team Attack By Set|
|Total Team Blocks: 2.0|
Kills-Aces-Blocks:SLAY, Ashley (9-0-1); EBRIGHT, Sammie (8-3-1); STROTHER, Samantha (7-0-0); STOTTS, Jada (7-4-0); LANDON, Liz (6-0-1); MARSELLIS, Aubrey (3-0-1)Assists:MARSELLIS, Aubrey (28); SLAY, Ashley (2); EBRIGHT, Sammie (1); LANDON, Liz (1); ADAMS, April (1); LITCHFIELD, Syd (1)Digs: EBRIGHT, Sammie (15); LITCHFIELD, Syd (10); STROTHER, Samantha (9); MARSELLIS, Aubrey (8); STOTTS, Jada (8); SLAY, Ashley (2); LANDON, Liz (1)