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Nashville, TN – Less than 24 hours after suffering its first loss of October, Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team returned to form with a three-set (25-14, 25-14, 25-20) victory against Tennessee State, Saturday afternoon at Kean Hall.Austin Peay (18-8, 8-2 OVC) was frustrated offensively in Friday’s five set loss at Belmont but found an offensive groove early at Tennessee State.
The Governors opened the match by scoring the first three points and racing out to a 9-2 lead in the opening frame.
Austin Peay would then close the set with six consecutive points, including back-to-back kills from junior Ashley Slay, to seal the win.
After their impressive 17-kill, .500-attack percentage in the first set, the Governors kept rolling by scoring the first five points of the second set. Defensive specialist Allie O’Reilly served up a pair of aces in the opening burst.
Tennessee State would rally and closed within a point, 10-9, before the Govs scored six straight points to break open the set en route to a 2-0 lead in the match.
Tennessee State (12-14, 3-7 OVC) presented a stiffer challenge in the third set. The Tigers forced the match’s first tie score at 8-8 then took their first lead, 9-8, on Samantha Beltran’s service ace. The Govs would bounce back, scoring nine of 11 points midway through the set to build a 17-12 lead and wouldn’t look back the rest of the way.
Austin Peay finished with 45 kills, adding another 17-kill effort in the third set, while posting a .374 team attack percentage – its third best attack performance this season. The Governors also had seven service aces in the contest and won the defensive battle by a 48-34 margin in digs.
Sophomores Kaylee Taff and Christina White each had 11 kills in the victory. Taff finished with just one attack error and posted a .526 attack percentage. Slay added 10 kills and a .261 attack percentage.
Tennessee State was held to 31 kills and a .155 attack percentage. Chloe Watson and Arijana Anderson each had eight kills to lead the Tigers effort.
Inside The Box Score
A day after her career-high 15 kills at Belmont, sophomore Kaylee Taff kept rolling with an 11-kill performance at Tennessee State. It was her third consecutive double-digit kill outing – her longest such streak this season. She has 37 kills (2.85 per set) during the streak while posting an impressive .471 attack percentage.
White Washed on Saturdays.
Sophomore Christina White finished with 11 kills at Tennessee State, her sixth double-digit kill performance this season and second straight on a Saturday in conference play. She scored 13 kills in last Saturday’s home win against Tennessee Tech.
Slay Extends Streak.
Junior Ashley Slay just hit double-digit kill territory, finishing with 10 kills at Tennessee State. It was her eighth consecutive 10-plus kill outing and 17th in 26 matches.
How Sweep it is.
Saturday’s three-set victory was the Govs 12th this season and they are 12-4 in three-set matches in 2016.
Austin Peay returns home for a quick one-match homestand when it hosts nonconference foe Alabama A&M in a 5:30pm, Tuesday contest. That outing will precede Austin Peay’s “Sneak Peayk” event which will present the 2016-17 basketball teams prior to their season openers in November.