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Trio of 10-kill efforts pace APSU Govs to season’s first win

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APSU Women's Volleyball - Austin Peay State UniversityJohnson City, TN – A trio double-digit kill performances helped Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team post a three-set victory (25-23, 25-16, 27-25) against Troy, Saturday morning, at the DoubleTree Hotel Buccaneer Challenge in Brooks Gym.

Austin Peay (1-1) got on a roll to end the first set and used that momentum to post a 2-0 lead in the match.

Austin Peay Volleyball defeats Troy in straight sets Saturday morning at DoubleTree Hotel Buccaneer Challenge. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Volleyball defeats Troy in straight sets Saturday morning at DoubleTree Hotel Buccaneer Challenge. (APSU Sports Information)

Trailing 19-18 in the first, the Governors scored seven of the final 10 points to claim a 25-22 victory.

Austin Peay then opened the second set with four straight points, including set-opening back-to-back service aces by sophomore Kristen Stucker, to cruise in wire-to-wire fashion.

Troy (1-1) fought back in the third set, battling Austin Peay through 13 ties and five lead changes. The Trojans had a triple-set point opportunity at 24-21 but the Govs leveled the set as junior Kaitlyn Teeter and sophomore Kaylee Taff combined for three kills to force overtime. Teeter finished the match with a kill for the 27-25 victory.

Sophomore Christina White led the Governors offense for a second-straight match posting 13 kills. Taff and Teeter each had 10 kills in a 42-kill outing by the Govs hitters.

Troy finished with just 30 kills, Senior Symone Shaw leading the team with a nine-kill performance.

Inside the Box Score

What Rust? White finds double-digit kill territory
She may have missed 2015 due to an injury, but sophomore Christina White has shown no signs of rust to start 2016.

After he team-leading seven kills in the opener, White put down a team-best 13 kills against Troy. It also was an efficient effort with just four errors for a .346 attack percentage. It was her best kill total since September 12th, 2014 (14 vs. Western Michigan).

Teeter shows off the arm
Junior transfer Kaitlyn Teeter got the job done defensively in the opener, leading the Govs with 11 digs. Saturday morning she decided to show off her arm, hitting a career-high 10 kills. Teeter entered the season with just 14 kills in her two seasons at Lipscomb and has 12 in just two matches as a Governor.

APSU Volleyball - Kaylee TaffTaff nearly unstoppable
Sophomore Kaylee Taff‘s 10-kill outing was just the fifth of her career, but second in her last three matches. She ended 2015 with an 11-kill performance before opening 2016 with just two kills in one set of action. Head coach Taylor Mott put her in the starting lineup Saturday and Taff paid off that confidence, registering just two errors en route to a .533 attack percentage.

Stucker sticks serves
Sophomore Kristen Stucker‘s three service aces may not seem like a big deal, but they came at a big time in the match. Fresh off a dominating run to win the first set, Austin Peay turned to Stucker to start the second set and she served up a pair of aces that ignited a 4-0 run in what turned out to be a wire-to-wire win. The Govs, who served up just one ace in the opener, posted a 6-2 advantage in the category against Troy.

Austin Peay concludes its stay in East Tennessee with a 1:30pm contest against USC Upstate.

Box Score

Austin Peay 1-1 VS. Troy 1-1

Team 1 2 3 Records
Troy (0) 23 16 25 1-1
Austin Peay (3) 25 25 27 1-1

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