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APSU Beach Volleyball’s Marlayna Bullington named OVC Freshman of the Year, Four Govs earn All-OVC

APSU Women's VolleyballBrentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) Marlayna Bullington has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Beach Volleyball Freshman of the Year and an All-Freshman team selection. Senior Jenna Panning and junior Brooke Moore have also named a First Team All-OVC pairing, while Bullington and sophomore Aysha Hood were named a Second Team All-OVC pairing, the league announced Wednesday.

Austin Peay State University Beach Volleyball has four players named to All-OVC Teams. (APSU Sports Information)

After missing the first six matches of the season, Bullington returned to the Austin Peay State University lineup and promptly won five times in the season’s final eight matches.

Bullington, whose true freshman season was cut short by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, won a pair of matches in the No. 2 position and won three times in the No. 1 pairing for the Govs.

The First Team All-OVC pairing of Panning and Moore led the Governors with an 11-3 record this season. The duo posted five wins while playing as the Govs No. 1 pairing and went a perfect 6-0 while playing as the No. 2 pairing. As one of the first Governors to play a full four-year beach volleyball career at APSU, Panning is the program’s all-time winningest player with 48 career wins on the sand.

Receiving Second Team All-OVC honors, the duo of Bullington and Hood posted a 5-3 record this season. The freshman-sophomore combo won three wins as the Governors No. 1 pairing and were a perfect 2-0 as the No. 2 pairing.

After a slow start to the season, Austin Peay State University went 5-2 during the second half of the regular season and earned the No. 4 seed in the inaugural OVC Beach Volleyball Championship. The Governors kickoff the OVC Beach Volleyball Tournament with a 1:00pm, Thursday, match against No. 5 seed Jacksonville State at the Skyhawk Beach Volley Complex in Martin, Tennessee. The winner of the opening match between the APSU Govs and Gamecocks will then play a 5:00pm, Thursday, match against top-seeded Morehead State.

For more information on the OVC Beach Volleyball Championship, visit the OVC Championship’s homepage (https://bit.ly/3gEGaJN) or check back at LetsGoPeay.com. For scores, news, and schedule updates, follow Austin Peay Beach Volleyball on Twitter (@AustinPeayBVB).

2021 OVC Beach Volleyball All-Conference Honors

All-OVC First Team 

Hannah Keating & Allison Whitten, Morehead State

Jenna Panning & Brooke Moore, Austin Peay

Baylee Young & Jordan Krege, Chattanooga

Haeleigh Paulino & Logan Wallick, UT Martin 

Olivia Lohmeier & Trinity Miller, Morehead State

 


 

All-OVC Second Team 

Aysha Hood & Marlayna Bullington, Austin Peay

Gylian Finch & Bailey Steger, Chattanooga

Kayla Carrell & Karen Scanlon, UT Martin 

Margaret Musselman & Anya Reinhardt, Morehead State

Kayle Milton & Kylee Quigley, Jacksonville State

All-Freshman Team 

Marlayna Bullington, Austin Peay

Trinity Miller, Morehead State

Jordan Krege, Chattanooga

Abby Ashway, Chattanooga

Anya Reinhardt, Morehead State

Pair of the Year: Hannah Keating & Allison Whitten, Morehead State

Player of the Year: Hannah Keating, Morehead State

Freshman of the Year: Marlayna Bullington, Austin Peay

Co-Coaching Staff of the Year: Chattanooga; UT Martin

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