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Austin Peay State University’s Jada Stotts, Ashley Slay earn OVC Volleyball honors


APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUMurray, KY – Senior outside hitter Jada Stotts and freshman outside hitter Ashley Slay of the Austin Peay State University volleyball team were recognized by the Ohio Valley Conference’s volleyball coaches and sports information directors, Wednesday, at the OVC Volleyball Championship banquet.

Austin Peay Lady Govs' Ashley Slay (left) and Jada Stotts (right) earn OVC Volleyball honors. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Lady Govs’ Ashley Slay (left) and Jada Stotts (right) earn OVC Volleyball honors. (APSU Sports Information)

Stotts, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, was named to the All-OVC squad – the seventh consecutive season an Austin Peay player was named to the league’s top team. Stotts finished the regular season with 397 kills and 396 digs – her 3.52 kills per set ranking third among league hitters and her 3.50 digs per set ranking ninth.

She was twice named the league’s Player of the Week, earning the September 22nd and 29 honors.

APSU's Jada Stotts“Jada put together the finest season of her career and proved she was among the OVC’s best,” said Lady Govs head coach Taylor Mott. “She has meant a great deal to this program throughout her career and I’m proud she has been recognized by the league.”

Slay, of Nashville, Tennessee, was named to the league’s All-Newcomer squad. She finished her rookie year with 169 kills, including a season-best 13 kills against Jacksonville State, November 1st. Slay also had 61 blocks during the season, recording a season-best eight in that same Jacksonville State match.

APSU's Ashley Slay“I’m pleased Ashley was recognized by her peers as one of the top freshmen in the league,” said Mott. “She stepped up when we needed her because of injuries and played a big role for us. However, I believe she’s only scratched the surface of her talent, this should be the first of many honors for her during her career.”

Murray State sophomore outside hitter Scottie Ingram was named the OVC Player of the Year and head coach David Schwepker received the league’s Coach of the Year citation. Belmont freshman outside hitter Arianna Person was the league’s Freshman of the Year while Eastern Kentucky senior defensive specialist was named its Defensive Player of the Year.

The 2014 OVC Volleyball Championship begins at 10:00am, Thursday when No. 3 seed Eastern Kentucky faces No. 6 seed Eastern Illinois. No. 7 seed Austin Peay begins tournament play when it faces No. 2 seed Belmont in the 12:30pm contest. All matches can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network.




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