Austin Peay State University Volleyball heads to Murray Kentucky for matchup against the Racers

Austin Peay State University Volleyball's regular season’s final road trip kicks off Wednesday against rival Murray State Racers. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay State University Volleyball's regular season’s final road trip kicks off Wednesday against rival Murray State Racers. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)

APSU Women's VolleyballClarksville, 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.

The Governors (19-9, 12-3) enter the final week of the season a match and a half behind OVC-leading Morehead State (18-9, 14-2), who APSU owns a tiebreaker over after defeating the Eagles in back-to-back matches to begin the OVC slate.

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

2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Maggie Keenan. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)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.

Four Govs – Claire Darland (.366, 1st), Maggie Keenan (.355, 2nd), Mikayla Powell (.340, 4th), and Jaida Clark (.278, 9th) – are Top 10 in the OVC through eight weeks of the conference season.

2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Jaida Clark. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)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. 

First Swings

2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Brooke Moore. (Robert Smith,APSU Sports Information)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.

2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Mikayla Powell. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)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.

The Govs setter tandem of Caroline Waite and Kelsey Mead are in their second year combining to quarterback the Govs offense. The duo ranks 11th and 13th all-time in career assists, respectively.


2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Caroline Waite. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)Waite has averaged 4.98 assists and 2.2 digs per set while Mead is averaging 5.36 assists and 1.7 digs per set with 29 aces through 11 weeks.

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

2021-22 APSU Volleyball - Kelsey Mead. (Robert Smith, APSU Sports Information)The Governors have boasted a high-powered offense throughout the season and lead the conference with a .234 attack parentage.

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.