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APSU Volleyball sweeps SIU Edwardsville, clinches share of OVC Title

 

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APSU Women's VolleyballEdwardsville, IL – Sophomore Brooke Moore finished with a match-high 15 kills, pacing Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) volleyball team to a three-set sweep (25-23, 25-21, 25-14) of SIU Edwardsville, Friday night, at the Vadalabene Center.

Austin Peay Women's Volleyball assures themselves of a share of the OVC Title with three set win at SIU Edwardsville, Friday. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Volleyball assures themselves of a share of the OVC Title with three set win at SIU Edwardsville, Friday. (APSU Sports Information)

With the win, Austin Peay (24-4, 13-2 OVC) clinched at least a share of the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference volleyball championship with one regular-season match remaining.

It is the Governors first-ever back-to-back regular-season OVC volleyball titles.

Moore set the tone in the opening set, posting eight kills on 10 attack attempts to lead Austin Peay to a near wire-to-wire win.

2018 APSU Volleyball - Jenna PanningWhen Moore struggled in the second set, the rest of the Govs rallied with junior Jenna Panning and seniors Cecily Gable and Kaylee Taff each posting four kills each in another wire-to-wire win. Austin Peay saved its best for last with a 17-kill performance, led by Moore’s six kills, in a final wire-to-wire win in the third.

SIUE (9-18, 8-7 OVC) would push Austin Peay to the limit in each of the first two sets. The Cougars nearly erased a nine-point deficit in the first set, storming back to within a point at 24-23 before APSU could secure the win. In the second, an early seven-point Govs lead was erased as the Cougars tied the set at 14-14 but the Govs scored the next four points and did not look back the rest of the match.

2018 APSU Volleyball - Brooke MooreMoore’s 15-kill outing saw her post a .458 attack percentage and add 11 digs for her 15th double-double this season. Kaylee Taff also had an impressive outing with 10 kills and a .667 attack percentage.

SIUE was held to 35 kills in the sweep, Hope Everett leading the effort with eight kills and a .438 attack percentage.

Austin Peay will look to clinch the outright OVC title with a 6:00pm, Saturday. November 10th contest at Eastern Illinois that will be the final match of the OVC regular-season race.


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