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Austin Peay State University Volleyballs gets Three Set home win over Belmont Bruins

APSU Women's VolleyballClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) volleyball team continued their dominant start to conference play with its ninth three-set victory (26-24, 25-16, 25-21) of the season over Ohio Valley Conference rival Belmont, Friday, at the Winfield Dunn Center.

The Governors’ conference-leading offense was powered by a balanced attack that saw six players tally six or more kills and combine for a .310 hitting percentage – the seventh time the team has posted over .300 this season.

Mikayla Powell led the Govs with her 11th-straight match of eight or more kills in an 11-kill, two-block performance where the reigning OVC Newcomer of the Week recorded a .400 hitting percentage for the third time in four matches.

2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Jaida Clark. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)The Govs (16-7, 9-1) and Bruins (8-13, 6-5) battled back and forth in a first set that featured nine lead changes and 19 ties; however, after Jaida Clark’s fifth kill of the set gave APSU the 25-24 lead and forced a Belmont timeout, Maggie Keenan gave the Govs the first set victory with her second kill.

2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Brooke Moore. (Robert Smith,APSU Sports Information)The Govs put together one of their most impressive runs of the season late in a second set that was largely commanded by the Bruins heading into the media timeout.

Trailing 15-12 at the break, kills by Powell and Brooke Moore, followed by a Belmont error evened the score at 15, while Keenan’s first of two solo blocks on the night gave the Govs the advantage and brought a Belmont timeout.

2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Mikayla Powell. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)After the two teams traded scores, the Govs ended the set on an 8-0 run led by three kills by Powell.

After Belmont tied the third set at 18, the Govs finished the sweep with a 7-3 run to pick up their second-straight victory over their in-state rival.

The win also gives Austin Peay State University the advantage in a rivalry that dates back to 1998, as both teams entered the Friday-night match with 13 wins in the all-time series.


Set-by-set Austin Peay against Belmont

Belmont jumped out to a 3-0 lead early; however, the APSU Govs answered with a 3-1 run to force the first of 19 ties in the match’s inaugural set. The Bruins took the set’s second multi-point advantage after a Lauren Walsh kill and a service ace, but it was quickly answered with a 2-0 run by the Govs.

2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Kelsey Mead. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)Clark’s fifth kill later in the set put Austin Peay State University up 25-24 and forced the Bruins to call a timeout. Keenan gave the Govs the victory in the back-and-forth set with her second kill of the afternoon.

The Bruins led 14-12 following three straight Austin Peay State University errors in the second set, but the Govs took the lead following a 13-1 run led by a quartet of kills by Powell and six Kelsey Mead assists.

Keenan and Elizabeth Wheat each had four kills to pace APSU to a 25-21 third-set victory as the Govs improved to a perfect 6-0 in the Dunn this season.

Next Up For APSU Volleyball

The Austin Peay State University women’s volleyball team looks to finish its weekend sweep over the Bruins at 2:00pm, Saturday, before traveling to Cape Girardeau, Missouri for a two-match series against the Redhawks.

Southeast Missouri (18-5, 8-1) defeated Tennessee Tech (10-11, 5-5) Friday and remains half a match behind the Govs in the OVC standings entering the weekend.


Box Score

Belmont 0, Austin Peay 3

  1 2 3 Final
Belmont 24 16 21 0
Austin Peay 26 25 25 3

 

Team Comparison

TEAM Atk Kills AErr Hit% SetA SEr Ace Digs Blks BkER SO PS
116 37 17 .172 36 3 4 46 5 1 47.3 41.3
113 50 15 .310 47 5 3 54 9 1 58.7 52.7

 

Belmont Stats

S # PLAYER K E TA HIT% AS SA DG BL
  6 SHOOPMAN,LAURA 9 3 19 .316 1 0 4 2
* 15 WALSH,LAUREN 8 2 23 .261 0 0 2 0
* 1 BALL,MARY CATHERINE 7 2 18 .278 1 1 1 2
* 12 FLOYD,TAYLOR 7 4 34 .088 1 1 11 0
* 10 MASON,CARLY 4 6 17 -.118 21 0 4 3
* 11 BASS,KAILEE 2 0 5 .400 0 0 0 1
* 2 MCBRIDE,RACHEL 0 0 0 .000 1 1 11 0
  5 PETERSON,ALLY 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0
  13 KELLEY,PEYTON 0 0 0 .000 1 1 5 0
* 14 SCHAUER,IZZY 0 0 0 .000 10 0 8 0
    CURRENT SET 13 5 37 .216 13 1 13 0

 


Austin Peay Stats

S # PLAYER K E TA HIT% AS SA DG BL
* 26 POWELL,MIKAYLA 11 1 25 .400 0 0 3 2
  10 CLARK,JAIDA 9 2 15 .467 0 0 2 1
* 7 KEENAN,MAGGIE 8 2 15 .400 0 1 2 5
* 27 WHEAT,ELIZABETH 7 3 17 .235 0 0 3 3
* 2 DARLAND,CLAIRE 6 1 12 .417 0 0 0 2
* 3 MOORE,BROOKE 6 5 24 .042 3 0 10 1
  11 BULLINGTON,MARLAYNA 1 0 1 1.000 0 0 9 0
  13 JACKSON,KAYLAH 1 1 3 .000 0 0 0 0
  18 WAITE,CAROLINE 1 0 1 1.000 15 0 5 0
* 20 MEAD,KELSEY 0 0 0 .000 25 1 8 0
* 35 EISENHART,ERIN 0 0 0 .000 4 1 12 0
    CURRENT SET 16 5 35 .314 16 2 18 0

 

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