Austin Peay Sports Information
Clarksville, TN – Junior Samantha Strother led all hitters with 15 kills and Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team rallied to post a four-set victory (18-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-21) against Tennessee Tech, Friday night, at the Dunn Center.
Austin Peay (12-15, 6-5 OVC) got off to a quick start in the opening set, leading 6-2. Tennessee Tech broke the Lady Govs momentum and used a 7-0 run, including three Kellie Williams kills, to build a 12-9 advantage.
The Lady Govs could not recover and ultimately trailed by six points before falling 25-18.
The second set was more closely fought with 12 ties and two lead changes. The first lead change came when Tennessee Tech notched back-to-back kills to take a 2-1 lead. The Golden Eagles lead would reach six points, 14-8, after an Austin Peay error.
From there the Lady Govs used an 8-2 run, spurred by kills from five different hitters, to tie the set 16-16. That began a series where the teams traded points, with the bulk of the 12 ties occurring in the final stretch. Austin Peay would fend off a set point with a Jada Stotts kill then an Aubrey Marsellis block gave APSU its first set point, which it immediately converted with another Stotts kill, 26-24.
Austin Peay rode the momentum of its come-back win to post a wire-to-wire victory in the third set. The Lady Govs broke out to a 9-1 lead, Stotts recording three kills and two service aces. Tennessee Tech would close to within five points, 21-16, but an Austin Peay timeout and a Hillary Plybon kill ended the threat. The Lady Govs scored the final three points to secure the 25-17 win.
The Lady Govs gained breathing room again with a 3-0 run to build a 10-7 lead.
They would maintain that lead until late in the set when the Golden Eagles closed within a point, 20-19. But back-to-back kills by Marsellis and Slay stabilized APSU’s lead and they closed the frame with back-to-back kills by Strother and Plybon to win the match.
Strother’s 15 kills – she had seven in the tide-turning second set – were one shy of her career best and came while she hit .382. Marsellis chipped in a career-high tying 12 kills while Stotts (11 kills) and Plybon (10) also reached double-digit kill territory.
Austin Peay finished with 57 kills and a .213 attack percentage. However, the Lady Govs had 48 kills and hit .248 in the final three sets.
Cody Dodd led Tennessee Tech with 14 kills, but was limited to a .163 attack percentage. The Golden Eagles recorded 47 kills but posted just a .188 attack percentage.
Austin Peay closes out its home schedule with a 1:00pm, Saturday contest against Jacksonville State.
Tennessee Tech 1 vs Austin Peay 3
|Set Scores||1||2||3||4||Team Records|
|Austin Peay||(3)||18||26||25||25||12-15, 6-5 OVC|
|Tennessee Tech||(1)||25||24||17||21||11-16, 6-5 OVC|
Tennessee Tech (11-16, 6-5 OVC)
|Team Attack By Set|
|Total Team Blocks: 11.0|
Kills-Aces-Blocks:Cody Dodd (14-3-2); K’Vonna Johnson (9-0-1); Alyssa Povey (7-0-5); Kellie Williams (7-0-2); Jordan Wachowiak (5-0-2); Sharon Anderson (3-0-3); Madison Keyes (2-0-1)Assists:Sharon Anderson (37); Courtney Smith (4); Allison Morrett (2); Cody Dodd (1)Digs: Courtney Smith (28); Cody Dodd (12); Sharon Anderson (7); Allison Morrett (6); K’Vonna Johnson (4); Kennedy Wade (4); Alyssa Povey (1); Madison Keyes (1); Kellie Williams (1)
Austin Peay (12-15, 6-5 OVC)
|Team Attack By Set|
|Total Team Blocks: 6.0|
Kills-Aces-Blocks:STROTHER, Samantha (15-0-0); MARSELLIS, Aubrey (12-0-2); STOTTS, Jada (11-2-1); PLYBON, Hillary (10-0-0); SLAY, Ashley (6-0-2); LANDON, Liz (2-0-0); FIELDS, Cami (1-0-0)Assists:FIELDS, Cami (28); MARSELLIS, Aubrey (23); ADAMS, April (2); STOTTS, Jada (1); BALES, Lizzy (1)Digs: STOTTS, Jada (19); BALES, Lizzy (14); ADAMS, April (13); MARSELLIS, Aubrey (9); PLYBON, Hillary (6); FIELDS, Cami (4); STROTHER, Samantha (2); EBRIGHT, Sammie (1); LANDON, Liz (1); SLAY, Ashley (1)