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Instant Peay Play: Ohio Valley Conference play begins this week for APSU Volleyball, Football

Instant Peay Play - APSU SportsClarksville, TN – Two Austin Peay State University (APSU) teams have a big week coming up, as the Governors volleyball and football teams open Ohio Valley Conference play this week.

The Govs volleyball team will get things going by playing a pair of OVC opponents on the road this week, opening with SIU Edwardsville on Friday September 27th and Eastern Illinois on Saturday September 28th, while the football team hosts five-time defending OVC regular-season champion Jacksonville State, 2:00pm, on September 28th at Fortera Stadium.

APSU Volleyball and Football set to start OVC Season this week.
APSU Volleyball and Football set to start OVC Season this week.

Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team enters the week with a misleading 2-11 overall record so far this fall having played one of, if not, the toughest pre-conference schedules by any OVC team with six of their 13 total matches coming against teams from Power 5 Conferences and all coming in either true road games or neutral site venues.

The Govs have also been working on their lineup with only seniors Ginny Gerig (libero) and outside hitter Jenna Panning, along with junior outside hitter Brooke Moore having seen a tremendous among of playing time for Austin Peay State University before this season’s play.

But as the APSU Govs enter OVC play the hope is that the tough schedule coach Taylor Mott’s crew has faced so far will have them battle tested for conference play.

As for the Austin Peay State University football team, they enter this weekend’s matchup versus national ranked Jacksonville State carrying a 2-2 overall record and are just two scores away this fall from having a chance to be 4-0 right now.

The APSU Govs have been one of the best defensive teams in the nation so far this season, especially with its run defense, currently ranked fourth overall in the nation in giving up just 69.5 yards per game and 14th overall in total defense allowing 291 yards per game and just 22 points per contest.

That defense will be challenged by the 13th-ranked Gamecocks, who enter the contest gaining over 430 offensive yards per games and averaging 40 points per game in their last three contests, while leading all OVC teams with 18 offensive touchdowns this season.

In helping combat the JSU offense, the Govs offense will need to get its running game going after being held to a season low 126 yards on the ground last week at East Tennessee, while also seeing their time of possession drop to a season low 26:53.

So, this is a big week for APSU volleyball and football, as they begin the season within a season, with OVC play beginning and hopefully building to a post-season berth and championship.

Chris Austin
Chris Austinhttp://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University. Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS. Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA. Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.

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