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APSU Lady Govs Volleyball beats Florida International in straight sets

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUBirmingham, AL – Austin Peay State University volleyball head Taylor Mott has taken a big swing with her starting six and her team responded in kind at the Blazer Invitational.

The Lady Govs won their second straight outing with a three-set sweep (25-11, 25-15, 25-11) of Florida International, Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena.

Austin Peay Women's Volleyball. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Volleyball. (APSU Sports Information)

Mott’s big swing, which was revealed in Friday’s win, came in the form of a new starting lineup with three freshmen – outside hitter Logan Carger, outside hitter Cecily Gable and setter Kristen Stucker – in the lineup and bringing junior outside hitter Sammie Ebright off the bench. The results weren’t readily apparent in its first outing but were much clearer in Saturday’s contest.

Austin Peay (2-4) dominated the bulk of the match. The first two sets featured back and forth action early, but the Lady Govs took control at 9-8 in the first frame and 13-12 of the second set. The third set was anticlimactic as APSU broke out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back.

Sophomore Ashley Slay has 13 kills without an attack error for a career-best .650 attack percentage. Ebright and sophomore outside hitter Peyton Walker combined for five kills of the bench, primarily from the back row.

Austin Peay needed just 40 kills to secure the win, but posted an efficient .308 attack percentage. The Lady Govs service game was also in top form with five service aces – with Slay and Walker each posting a team-leading two aces.

Inside The Box Score

  • Ashley Slay led the Lady Govs offense for a third consecutive match (fourth time in 2015) with 13 kills without an error (.650 attack percentage).
  • Setter Kristen Stucker made her second straight start and finished with a career-high 32 assists.
  • Austin Peay improved to 2-1 all-time against Florida International.

“Honestly the difference makers were Sammie (Ebright) and Peyton (Walker). Not to discredit what the rest of the team did because we did some great things offensively and defensively. But those two brought a new energy to this team that we desperately needed. This was a great win for us,” said APSU Volleyball head coach Taylor Mott.

Katie Friesen led FIU with six kills. The Panthers (3-2) were held to 24 kills and a .049 attack percentage.

Box Score

Austin Peay (2-4) -VS- FIU (3-2)

Team 1 2 3
Austin Peay 25 25 25
FIU 11 15 11

 


Set Austin Peay FIU
K E TA % K E TA %
1 15 4 35 .314 4 7 31 -.097
2 16 3 40 .325 12 4 37 .216
3 11 3 29 .276 8 8 35 .000
42 10 104 .308 24 19 103 .049

 

Game Leaders

APSU

Statistic Leaders
Kills SLAY, Ashley (13), GABLE, Cecily (8), STROTHER, Samantha (6)
Aces SLAY, Ashley (2), WALKER, Peyton (2), STROTHER, Samantha (1)
Blocks CARGER, Logan (1), SLAY, Ashley (1), MARSELLIS, Aubrey (1)
Assists STUCKER, Kristen (32), EBRIGHT, Sammie (2), SLAY, Ashley (1)
Digs ADAMS, April (13), EBRIGHT, Sammie (13), STROTHER, Samantha (7)


FIU

Statistic Leaders
Kills FRIESEN, Katie (6), ENE, Jennifer (5), CASTRO, Lucia (3)
Aces BERNIER, Lina (), PENA, Adriana (), MARTIN, Autumn ()
Blocks HOGAN, Katie (2), ENE, Jennifer (2), LEVORIN, Gloria (1)
Assists FRIESEN, Katie (13), DODD, Dominique (5), CASTRO, Lucia (2)
Digs FRIESEN, Katie (10), MCLAMB, Maria (10), CASTRO, Lucia (8)

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