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APSU Volleyball hits to road to face Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State


APSU Women's VolleyballClarksville, TN – After closing the first half of Ohio Valley Conference play with back-to-back home victories, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) volleyball team opens the second half of the league slate with a road trip that will take it to Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State.

Austin Peay Women's Volleyball seeks to continue winning ways this weekend when the Govs travel to Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Volleyball seeks to continue winning ways this weekend when the Govs travel to Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. (APSU Sports Information)

The Governors face Tennessee Tech in a 7:00pm, Friday contest then face a quick turnaround when they meet Jacksonville State in an 11:00am, Saturday matchup.

The Govs are 5-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play after sweeping both Tennessee State and Belmont at home last weekend. They enter the second half in a three-way tie for fifth place with SIU Edwardsville and Tennessee Tech. APSU is behind a four-way tie for the league lead at 6-2, a group that includes Jacksonville State.

From The Serve

Junior Brooke Moore was named the OVC Offensive Player of the Week, Monday, after recording 29 kills (4.83/set) at an impressive .542 clip in the Govs two wins last weekend. She is one of six OVC hitters with 100 kills in league play, averaging 3.57 kills per set.

Junior Chloe Stitt leads the Govs offense, averaging 3.88 kills per set through eight matches, good for fifth among the league’s hitters. She recorded 29 kills (4.83/set) in the Govs two sweeps last weekend.

Senior Ginny Gerig Busse slipped to second among league defenders with 5.83 digs per set, but her 175 total digs in league play leads the OVC.  She ranks 55th among Division I defenders with 4.75 digs per set for the season.

The Govs setter tandem of junior Caroline Waite and freshman Kelsey Mead have nearly evenly split the action through league play. Waite has 172 assists (6.88/set) while Mead has posted 169 assists (7.35/set).

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 has downed a Power Five foe.

Austin Peay State University played its first 16 contests on the road, the longest road trip in program history. The APSU Govs covered a total of 4,656 miles before their home opener, Oct. 4, against Southeast Missouri.

The 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 as it lost its top outside hitter, primary setter and top middle blocker to graduation.

Scanning the Homestand

Tennessee Tech
9-12 (5-3 OVC)
Cookeville, TN
Jacksonville State
12-8 (6-2 OVC)
Jacksonville, AL
Tennessee Tech returns to the Eblen Center after posting a 3-1 record during its four-match road trip.

The Golden Eagles have been the early surprise in the OVC, with their five wins at the halfway point equaling their 2018 OVC win total.

Junior outside hitter Ali Verzani leads the TTU offense with 110 kills (3.55/set) in league play.

Senior middle blocker Rachel Thomas is ranked the ninth-most efficient hitter in OVC play, posting a .302 attack percentage.Belmont (2-19, 1-5) picked up a conference win against Eastern Illinois, October 5th, to begin a three-game homestand but dropped contests to Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State.

Jacksonville State also went 3-1 during its four-match road trip, with all three wins coming via a sweep.

The Gamecocks six wins nearly equal their total of last season (9-7) with still half the campaign ahead.

JSU leads the OVC in both kills (14.71/set) and attack percentage (.248) in league action. Sophomore Lena Kindermann (.336) and senior Kaylee Frear (.325) rank fifth and sixth in attack percentage, with Kindermann also ranking fourth in kills (4.07/set). 




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