Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) volleyball team kicks off the regular season’s final week with a pivotal midweek Ohio Valley Conference matchup against Murray State on Wednesday, November 10th at 6:00pm in Murray, Kentucky.
Austin Peay State University wins a share of the OVC regular-season title and will host next week’s championship tournament if it sweeps its remaining three matches and Morehead State does not sweep its series at Southeast Missouri this weekend.
After winning both matches against UT Martin (13-16, 9-7) last weekend, the APSU Govs are the only team to remain perfect on their home court this season with a 9-0 record. Murray State (14-11, 8-7) entered their two-match home series against Southeast Missouri (21-7, 12-4) last week with a 6-0 record at Racer Arena, but dropped the first match of the series 3-1.
With her seventh kill in Sunday’s match against the Skyhawks, graduate student Brooke Moore became Austin Peay State University’s all-time kills leader, passing Sarah Schramka (2001-04), who previously held the record with 1,530 kills
Moore leads an APSU Govs’ offense that leads the OVC with a .234 hitting percentage in kills (349) and service aces (33) and is fifth and third in the OVC in kills and service aces, respectively.
Keenan has been an anchor for the Austin Peay State University defense and leads the team with 99 total blocks (24 solo) through 91 sets. The Franklin native had a season-high 19 kills with nine blocks in last weekend’s series against the Skyhawks.
Murray State is sixth in the OVC standings entering Wednesday’s contest and is half a match behind both Tennessee Tech (14-13, 9-7) and UT Martin (13-16, 9-7).
Offensively, the Racers are third in the OVC with a .214 hitting percentage and are led by freshman Brooke Lynn Watts who leads the conference with 430 kills (4.67/set).
In the last meeting between the Govs and Racers, Austin Peay State University won a thrilling five-set match in the Dunn Center to claim their sixth OVC win of the season and take the all-time series lead in the 38-year-old rivalry.
Outside hitter Brooke Moore, a Preseason All-OVC selection, is the only player in program history – and sixth in OVC history – to record 1,500 kills and 1,500 digs during their career. She enters Wednesday’s match with 1,534 kills (1st all-time) and 1,548 digs (9th).
With her seventh kill against UT Martin, November 7th, Moore became the all-time kills leader, passing Sarah Schramka’s (2001-04) previous record of 1,530.
Right-side hitter Mikayla Powell, the reigning 2020-21 NJCAA National Player of the Year, is a two-time OVC Newcomer of the Week. She is currently second on the team in kills (259) and blocks (64) and is second in the OVC with a .302 hitting percentage through 104 sets.
Middle blocker Maggie Keenan, who has recorded four or more blocks 15 times this season and leads the Govs with 99 on the season. Her 1.09 blocks per set are currently the third-highest mark in program history
After sweeping UT Martin, Austin Peay State University improved to 9-0 at home this season, marking just the third time in program history that the Governors have posted a perfect regular-season record at home (1992, 2018).
Next Up For APSU Volleyball
Following their match against Murray State, the Austin Peay State University women’s volleyball team closes out the regular season with a two-match series against Eastern Illinois, Friday-Saturday. The Panthers are 3-13 in conference play and would be the final seed of the OVC Tournament if the season ended today.