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APSU Volleyball wins Blazer Invitational

 

APSU Sports Information

APSU Women's VolleyballBirmingham, AL – Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team rolled to a three-set victory (25-12, 25-15, 25-17) against Western Illinois to close out its stay at the Blazer Invitational, Saturday afternoon, at Bartow Arena.

With the win, Austin Peay won the Blazer Invitational with a 3-0 mark.

APSU Volleyball gets commanding three set victory over Western Illinois Saturday to win Blazer Invitational Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

APSU Volleyball gets commanding three set victory over Western Illinois Saturday to win Blazer Invitational Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

Senior Ashley Slay, redshirt junior Christina White and sophomore Kristen Stucker were each named to the all-tournament team.

Austin Peay (6-1) dominated the first two sets, committing just one attack error and leading wire-to-wire in each frame. The Governors opened with 18 kills and an unstoppable .459 attack percentage in the first set. They followed that with 16 kills and a .441 attack percentage in the second.

Western Illinois (3-2) tried to build a big lead early in the third set but was only able to build a 4-1 advantage. Austin Peay scored five straight points to take a 6-4 lead and later closed the set with a 10-4 run to seal the win.

Redshirt junior Christina White led Austin Peay with 15 kills, posting a .414 attack percentage. Senior Ashley Slay posted an errorless attack outing, recording 11 kills on 17 attempts for an impressive .647 attack percentage – just three points shy of her career best.

Austin Peay’s .387 team attack percentage was its 11th best outing in program history and best since its match against Alabama A&M last season. The Governors needed just 51 kills in the victory.

The Governors now turn their attention to next week’s Ole Miss Classic, Thursday-Friday, in Oxford, Mississippi. Austin Peay will face host Ole Miss (4-2), Mercer (3-2) and Northwestern State (3-4) in the event.

GOVS, NOTABLY

That’s 6-1. With the win, the 2017 Govs kept pace with the 2010 Govs for best start in program history, each going 6-1 through seven matches.

Slay Doubles Down. Ashley Slay was named to an all-tournament team for the second consecutive week. She posted double-digit kills in all three tournament matches and has reached that territory in all seven matches in 2017.

White, Stucker Gain Recognition. In addition to Slay’s all-tourney honor, Kristen Stucker and Christina White also were named to the all-tournament team. It is the first career all-tourney honor for White Stucker grabbed her second in-season all-tourney nod.


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