Clarksville, TN – When Ashley Slay arrived on campus three years ago to play volleyball for Austin Peay State University the outlook for the athletic middle blocker was one of a player that could possibly be one of the best all-around players in the Ohio Valley Conference.
And while Slay has played well for the most part of her career for the red and white, her resent play has truly started to show just how much of a force she can be, both offensively and defensively.
Over her last three matches – all coming on the road and all wins for Austin Peay, who is now 14-7 overall and more importantly 5-1 in OVC play – Slay has totaled 50 kills (16.7 per match), a .360 kill percentage and 13 blocks (4.3 per match) and accounting for 62.5 points (20.8 per match).
Also among her accomplishments over that span was a 22-kill effort at SIU Edwardsville, a career best total, which was also the most by an APSU player since Jada Stotts’ 22-kill effort versus Montana State in 2015; the most kills in an OVC match since 2012, when Nikki Doyle authored a 25-kill performance against Eastern Illinois in 2012.
But the most impressive feat was the total was the most by a Govs middle blocker in 11 years, having to go back to Laura Wussow’s 22 kills against Southeast Missouri during the 2005 campaign.
Slay is also on pace to shatter her career season highs kills, attack percentage, blocks and points scored, while also being among the top 10 in the OVC overall in attack percentage (5th), kills (8th) and blocks (6th).
The Govs will need Slay to continue her strong play this week, as they return to the Dunn Center after being on the road for its last four matches, as they host one of the other two teams that they are tied with atop the standing in the OVC with Jacksonville State coming to town on Friday, Oct. 14th, for a 7p.m. match – the only regular-season meeting between the two program — followed by a Saturday, Oct. 15th match versus Tennessee Tech, starting at 2p.m.