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APSU Volleyball finishes preseason at Ball State Active Ankle Challenge

 

APSU Women's VolleyballClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) volleyball team makes plays its final nonconference weekend of 2019 when it heads north for the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge, Friday-Saturday, in Muncie, Indiana.

Austin Peay Women's Volleyball to take part in the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge this weekend. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Volleyball to take part in the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge this weekend. (APSU Sports Information)

The Govs open the two-day event by facing host Ball State in a 6:00pm, Friday contest.

Austin Peay State University returns to the court Saturday for a 9:00am, Saturday contest against Missouri State before closing the trip with a 3:30pm, Saturday matchup against Wright State.

From The Serve

Junior Chloe Stitt posted her first career 20-kill outing en route to earning Mizzou Invitational all-tournament honors last weekend. She led the Govs with 55 kills (3.67/set) and posted a .210 attack percentage.

Junior Brooke Moore followed up her Week 3, Northwestern Under Armour All-Tournament Honors by posting 49 kills (3.27/set) and 42 digs (2.80/set) at last weekend’s event at Missouri.

Senior Ginny Gerig Busse became the ninth Govs defender to reach the 1,500-dig plateau with her outing against Stephen F. Austin in Evanston, September 6th. She has averaged 4.17 digs per set through three weekends.

Senior Karli Graham continues to lead the Govs at the net, posting 12 blocks (0.80/set) at Missouri. She has averaged a block per set in five of the season’s first 10 matches.

Junior setter Caroline Waite set her career high in assists twice at Missouri. She had a then career-high 26 assists against Boise State, September 13th. The next timeout she bested that mark with 35 assists against Kansas City.

The Govs victory against Texas Tech, September 7th, was their fourth win against a Power Five opponent during head coach Taylor Mott‘s tenure. It is the third consecutive year Austin Peay State University has downed a Power Five foe.

APSU is playing its first 18 contests on the road, the longest road trip in program history. The Govs will cover a total of 4,656 miles before opening the home portion of their schedule, October 4th, against Southeast Missouri.

The APSU Govs were picked to finish second in the OVC Preseason Predicted Order of Finish with a pair of Governors named to the 14-woman Preseason All-OVC team.

While Austin Peay State University is the back-to-back defending Ohio Valley Conference champion, it will have a largely new look in 2019 it lost its top outside hitter, primary setter and top middle blocker to graduation.

Scanning The Field

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3-8 (0-0 MVC)
Springfield, MO
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8-1 (0-0 Horizon)
Dayton, OH
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Ball State posted a 1-2 record last weekend at the Northern Kentucky invitational.

The Cardinals defeated host Northern Kentucky before falling to Cincinnati in five sets and Notre Dame in four sets.

Middle blocker Sydnee VanBeek was named to the all-tournament team and is averaging 2.06 kills and 1.29 blocks per set this season.

Missouri State defeated Kansas State to open its own Fall Invitational last weekend but fell to SMU, Dayton and Weber State.

Outside hitter Sarabi Worsley-Gilbert picked up all-tournament recognition and is averaging 2.29 kills per set in 2019.

Wright State has won eight straight since dropping its season opener.

The Raiders won their own tournament last weekend, defeating Indiana State, Western Illinois and Toledo.

Outside hitter Taylor Gibson was named tournament “MVP” after finishing the event with 29 kills and a .297 attack percentage.


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