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APSU Lady Govs Volleyball falters at Eastern Illinois

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUClarksville, TN – Senior Aubrey Marsellis posted a double-double but Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team could not solve the Eastern Illinois service game in a four-set loss (24-26, 25-16, 16-25, 20-25), Saturday, in Ohio Valley Conference action at the Dunn Center.

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

Austin Peay’s (6-15, 1-5 OVC) offense struggled for most of the match, hitting its stride only with a dominant second-set effort.

The Lady Govs posted 14 kills, but at a .444 attack percentage, in the frame along with five service aces to pull away for a 25-16 victory to level the match at one set each.

The Lady Govs nearly had a 2-0 lead in the match, but saw the first set get away. Austin Peay had set point at 24-21 but could not finish the frame. Eastern Illinois scored the final five points with three kills, a block and a service ace to win 26-24.

Eastern Illinois (8-12, 4-2 OVC) made an adjustment at halftime to its service attack and Austin Peay was unable to respond. The Panthers serving kept Austin Peay out of its offense, resulting in a minus-.054 attack in the third set and a .150 attack percentage in the third set. Despite APSU’s offensive woes, Eastern Illinois needed an 11-2 run to break open the third set and a 6-2 run to claim the fourth frame.

How It Happened

Austin Peay was a point away from winning the first set, leading 24-21, but Eastern Illinois escaped with the victory. The Lady Govs rallied with its best offensive performance of the match to tie the match at 1-1 before the break.

Eastern Illinois kept Austin Peay out of its offense in the third and fourth sets but needed big runs in each frame to win the match in four sets.

Inside the Box Score

Senior Aubrey Marsellis paced Austin Peay with a 13-kill, 18-assist, three service ace performance. She finished with a team-best .346 attack percentage while chipping in three service aces and five digs.

Sophomore Ashley Slay added a 13-kill performance. She also notched her second-straight double-digit kill outing, finishing with 10 kills and a .259 attack percentage, while also record three blocks.

Austin Peay was held to 47 kills and posted a .164 attack percentage. Austin Peay recorded 12 service aces – its second double-digit performance behind the service line. Sophomore Kelly Ferguson led the effort with four aces.

Chelsea Lee led Eastern Illinois with a match-best 14 kills. Allie Hueston added 11 kills at a .529 attack percentage. The Panthers finished with 58 kills and a .282 attack percentage.

Austin Peay continues its four-match homestand in six days when it hosts Tennessee State in a 6:00pm, Friday contest.

Box Score

Eastern Illinois (9-11, 4-2 OVC) -VS- Austin Peay (6-15, 1-5 OVC)

Team 1 2 3 4
Eastern Illinois 26 16 25 25
Austin Peay 24 25 16 20


Match Details

Set Eastern Illinois Austin Peay
K E TA % K E TA %
1 18 6 40 .300 14 6 42 .190
2 13 3 26 .385 14 2 27 .444
3 13 4 36 .250 8 10 37 -.054
4 14 5 40 .225 11 5 40 .150
58 18 142 .282 47 23 146 .164


Game Leaders


Statistic Leaders
Kills LEE, Chelsea (14), HUESTON, Allie (11), WINNER, Josie (10)
Aces BRADBURY, Marah (3), SMITH, Taylor (1), HUESTON, Allie (1)
Blocks WINNER, Josie (4), LEE, Chelsea (2), HUESTON, Allie (2)
Assists SMITH, Taylor (28), BRADBURY, Marah (20), WALLACE, Stephanie (4)
Digs WALLACE, Stephanie (22), HUGHES, Anne (11), SMITH, Taylor (8)




Statistic Leaders
Kills MARSELLIS, Aubrey (13), SLAY, Ashley (10), STROTHER, Samantha (8)
Aces FERGUSON, Kelly (4), MARSELLIS, Aubrey (3), STUCKER, Kristen (2)
Blocks SLAY, Ashley (3), FERGUSON, Kelly (3), TAFF, Kaylee (1)
Assists STUCKER, Kristen (24), MARSELLIS, Aubrey (18), FERGUSON, Kelly (2)
Digs EBRIGHT, Sammie (16), ADAMS, April (15), STROTHER, Samantha (7)

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