Clarksville, TN – The final week of Austin Peay State University (APSU) volleyball’s season-opening 16-match road trip begins when it travels to Western Kentucky for a 6:00pm, Tuesday, September 24th contest at E.A. Diddle Arena.
This final week of the road trip will see the Governors stay closer to home, first with Tuesday’s 60-mile trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Austin Peay State University then closes the road trip with its Ohio Valley Conference-opening weekend at SIU Edwardsville, Friday, and Eastern Illinois, Saturday.
Austin Peay has faced a formidable nonconference slate through the season’s first four weeks. The Govs strength of schedule is ranked 52nd among Division I teams and toughest among OVC squads. Austin Peay owns two quality wins in the opening stretch, defeating Big 12 Conference foe Texas Tech and Missouri Valley Conference member Missouri State.
In last weekend’s tournament at Ball State, junior Brooke Moore had an impressive Saturday performance to earn all-tournament honors. Her 29-kill, 22-dig effort in the win against Missouri State made her the first APSU hitter to record 20 kills and 20 digs in a match since 2009. She finished the weekend leading the Govs in kills (47, 4.27 per set) and digs (43, 3.91 per set).
Western Kentucky has won nine-straight matches entering Tuesday’s contest and is unbeaten at E.A. Diddle Arena (7-0) this season. The Hilltoppers own three wins against Ohio Valley Conference foes this season, sweeping Tennessee Tech, Eastern Kentucky and Belmont.
WKU freshman Paige Briggs and junior Nadia Dieudonne were named this week’s Conference USA’s Newcomer and Setter of the week, respectively. Briggs notched 49 kills (3.5 per set) and 52 digs (3.71 per set) to lead Western Kentucky. Dieudonne led the Hilltoppers with 143 assists (10.21 per set) and was a kill shy of a triple double in a win against Northern Kentucky.