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APSU Women’s Volleyball loses at UT Martin Skyhawks in three sets

 

Austin Peay Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUMartin, TN – A lackluster outing brought an end to Austin Peay State University volleyball team’s three-match win streak as it was swept in three sets (19-25, 23-25, 22-25) by UT Martin, Saturday, at Skyhawk Fieldhouse.

Austin Peay's Sammie Ebright led the Lady Govs with 12 kills against UT Martin Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay’s Sammie Ebright led the Lady Govs with 12 kills against UT Martin Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (14-16, 8-6 OVC) got off to a good start, scoring five of the match’s first six points as senior Jada Stotts recorded a pair of service aces.

UT Martin stopped the rally and later used a 6-1 run, including three straight kills by Allie Whimpley, to take a 14-11 lead. Another four-point run pushed the Skyhawks lead to six points, 19-13, and they did not look back, winning 25-19.

UT Martin (11-17, 4-10 OVC) scored the first three points of the second set, but Austin Peay rallied to force a tie at 7-7. The Skyhawks regained the lead with four straight points, three coming courtesy a Lady Govs miscue.

APSU's Sammie EbrightAustin Peay would fend off a pair of set points – one thanks to a block by Ashley Slay and Aubrey Marsellis then a second by a Sammie Ebright kill – but UTM closed the set with Madison Wessling’s kill, 25-23.

The third set may be the one that haunts Austin Peay as it held the lead all the way to 22-21. The Lady Govs enjoyed a five-point advantage at both 13-8 and 20-15. However, the Skyhawks won nine of the final 11 points, including three kills by Whimpley and two more by Emily Keaton – to escape with the win, 25-22.

“We never showed up to play,” said Lady Govs head coach Taylor Mott. “We played flat and UT Martin took advantage. I have to give UTM a lot of credit, they played great and we did not respond.”

APSU's Hillary PlybonEbright came off the bench to lead Austin Peay with 12 kills and a .474 attack percentage. Senior Hillary Plybon notched her fourth-straight double-digit kill outing with 10 kills while recording a .500 attack percentage. Those two accounted for more than half of APSU’s 41 kills in the match.

Keaton led UTM with 13 kills and a .440 attack percentage while Whimpley added 12 kills at a .321 attack percentage. The Skyhawks finished with 47 kills at an impressive .312 clip.

Austin Peay will have a short turnaround, returning to action with a 7:00pm, Tuesday contest at league-leading Murray State.


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