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APSU Volleyball signs four to 2020 roster
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm In Sports | No Comments
Clarksville, TN – Looking to bulk up its offensive capabilities, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) volleyball team added three all-state selections to its 2020 roster. Head coach Taylor Mott  and her staff signed Kaylah Jackson, of Douglasville, Georgia; Maggie Keenan, of Franklin, Tennessee; Taylor McInerney, of Annville, Pennsylvania; and Morgan Rutledge, of Louisville, Kentucky, in the early signing period.
Austin Peay State University, which begins its final regular-season Wednesday night, will see four seniors depart from this season’s squad, including a pair of outside hitters, a libero and a setter/defensive specialist.
Those departures made it imperative to add offensive punch for the 2020 season.
“Last season, we knew we had to add a setter and depth scoring to our roster,” said Mott. “Looking at our needs for the 2020 season we planned to add quality hitters and I believe we have three athletes who will flourish at APSU in the years to come. This is a signing class we have been looking forward to for a couple of years now and we are excited to see them in Austin Peay uniforms next season.”
5-8, Outside Hitter, Douglasville, GA (Riverwood International Charter)
A two-time Class 5A GVCA All-State selection… Named Region 6-5A Player of the Year as a junior and senior… Helped lead Riverwood International to Class 5A State Quarterfinals in both 2018 and 2019… Selected to play in the 2018 and 2019 FACA All-Star Games… Recorded 1,000th career kill as a junior and 1,000th career dig as a senior… Played varsity volleyball for her mother, Nikia Bynum-Isler, who played volleyball at Alabama State (1996-00)… Played club volleyball for A5 South and coach Jeremy Harrison.
Mott’s Thoughts: “Kaylah can do it all. She is a great passer and defender but is also a threat at the net. She is explosive, can swing hard but also has a wide variety of shots. We are excited to have Kaylah joining our program.”
5-11, Middle Blocker, Franklin, TN (Lipscomb Academy)
Played five varsity seasons for Lipscomb Academy and head coach Jake House… Named Division II Class AA Middle Tennessee Region MVP as a senior… Named to TSWA Division II All-State Team in 2017 & 2018… Selected to The Tennessean All-Mid State First Team in 2018 and was a second team pick in 2017… Finished prep career with 1,244 kills, 179 blocks and 183 service aces… Played club volleyball with Alliance Volleyball Club and coach Abbey West.
Mott’s Thoughts: “I have known Maggie since she was a goofy 10-year-old just learning how to play volleyball. It has been amazing to watch her develop into a highly competitive, dominant middle blocker. Maggie has such a fast arm swing she is very difficult to stop. We are excited to have Maggie joining our program.”
5-10, Outside Hitter, Annville, PA (Palmyra Area Senior HS)
Helped lead Palmyra to the Pennsylvania Class AAA State Championship match, to be played Saturday… Was a three-time Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State selection (2016-18) with head coach Clark Sheaffer… Had more than 1300 kills entering state tournament… Played club volleyball for Fusion Volleyball Club and coach TJ Shultz.
Mott’s Thoughts: “Taylor is incredibly athletic, she elevates so well and has such a fast arm swing we feel she can be a great offensive weapon. We are excited to have Taylor joining our program.”
5-9, Libero, Louisville, KY (Mercy Academy)
Member of Mercy Academy team that reached the Kentucky state championship match in three consecutive seasons… Primarily a defensive and serving specialist during her prep career, recorded 37 service aces as a senior… Played club volleyball with KIVA.
Mott’s Thoughts: “Morgan is a fierce competitor whose solid passing in serve receive and outstanding defense makes her a top notch libero. She also has a calm presence on the court, which is key in our often-chaotic sport. We are excited to have Morgan joining our program.”
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