APSU Volleyball roars back in third set to beat Elon

Austin Peay Volleyball gets four set win over Elon Saturday morning. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Volleyball gets four set win over Elon Saturday morning. (APSU Sports Information)

APSU Sports Information

APSU Women's Volleyball - Austin Peay State UniversityCharleston, SC – A massive third-set run turned the tide in favor of Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team as they posted a four-set victory (25-16, 22-25, 25-27, 25-17) against Elon, Saturday morning in the Bulldog Invitational at McAlister Field House.

Austin Peay Volleyball gets four set win over Elon Saturday morning. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Volleyball gets four set win over Elon Saturday morning. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (8-6) nearly saw Elon run away and hide early in the third set. The Phoenix used a pair of 4-0 runs to build a 9-2 lead and force a Govs timeout.

The Governors responded to the timeout after an Elon kill with four straight points, slashing the deficit to 9-6 and forcing an Elon timeout. That stoppage had little effect as Austin Peay came out of the timeout and posted back-to-back blocks, closing to within a point, 9-8.

APSU Volleyball - Sammie EbrightElon (12-3) would score just nine points the rest of the way as the Governors continued to piece together long runs. Austin Peay took the lead for good at 16-15 after an Elon error, but another pair of Elon miscues forced it to take its final timeout at 18-15.

Again, the stoppage couldn’t stem the Govs run as they rattled off three more points to build a 21-15 lead they would not relinquish. After trailing 2-9, Austin Peay finished an impressive 23-8 run on junior Ashley Slay‘s kill.

Austin Peay carried that momentum into the fourth set where they rolled to a wire-to-wire victory. Elon would force six ties, but the last of those came at 12-12. The Governors scored three straight points to gain breathing room at 15-12 and slowly extended the lead. Senior Sammie Ebright and sophomore Kaylee Taff ended the match with a block.

APSU Volleyball - Kaitlyn TeeterThe Governors scored 65 kills in the four-set affair while posting a .273 attack percentage. Slay led the Govs with 18 kills and a .500 attack percentage. Sophomore Cecily Gable added 17 kills at a .368 attack percentage while junior Kaitlyn Teeter chipped in a 13-kill, 14-dig performance. Sophomore setter Kristen Stucker paced the offense with her 52-assist, four-kill outing that also included 14 digs.

Elon was held to 40 kills – its fewest in a four-set match this season – and a .144 attack percentage. Sydney Busa led the Phoenix offense with 14 kills.

Inside the Box Score

APSU Volleyball - Ashley SlayNow That’s a Comeback!
Austin Peay trailed 2-9 in the third set after a pair of 4-0 Elon runs. Head coach Taylor Mott called a timeout at 2-8 and saw the effects of that huddle take root with a 5-0 run that slashed the deficit to 8-9. That was the start of a 23-8 set-ending run by the Govs that clinched the set and turned the momentum.

Slay Leads Attack
Junior Ashley Slay finished the match with a season-best 18 kills while also notching a .500 attack percentage. She was one part of a three-woman attack that paced the Govs win.

Gable Finds New Level

APSU Volleyball - Cecily GableSophomore Cecily Gable built on her then career-best 16-kill outing against Charleston Southern by posting a career-best 17 kills against Elon, Saturday morning. She also recorded a .368 attack percentage with just three errors in 38 attempts.

Teeter Keeps Thumpin’
Junior Kaitlyn Teeter kept her double-digit streak alive, extending it to four matches with a 13-kill effort against Elon. She also had four blocks and a service ace. Teeter has 55 kills (3.67 per set) during her four-match run.

Austin Peay concludes its four-match stay at the Bulldog Invitational with a 4:00pm (CT) contest against Savannah State.

Box Score

ELON vs. Austin Peay

Team 1 2 3 4 Records
Austin Peay (3) 25 22 25 25 8-6
ELON (1) 16 25 17 17 12-3


Match Details

Game Statistics By Set
Set ELON Austin Peay
K E TA % K E TA %
1 9 5 39 .103 17 6 45 .244
2 14 6 31 .258 14 6 37 .216
3 9 6 32 .094 14 8 33 .182
4 8 4 30 .133 20 4 35 .457
40 21 132 .144 65 24 150 .273