Calloway County, KY – Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team dropped a four-set (25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 23-25) Ohio Valley Conference match to Murray State, Wednesday, at Racer Arena.
Junior Mikayla Powell led the Govs with five kills and two blocks in the second set, but APSU was unable to answer the Racers 10-3 run midway through the frame and fell 25-22 in the match’s subsequent set.
Austin Peay State University saw a 21-18 third-set lead erased following a 5-1 MSU run. The Govs recovered, to tie the frame at 23 late, the Racers scores two-straight points after a timeout to claim the frame.
The Racers maintained a lead in the fourth until a 6-1 run by APSU tied the match at 23 before two-straight errors gave Murray State the four-set victory.
The loss is the Govs’ first in nearly two years against MSU and locks them into a second or third seed in the upcoming OVC Tournament, November 18th-20th.
Set-by-set Austin Peay against Murray State
After Maggie Keenan scored the match’s first point, the Racers answered back to score five unanswered. A 7-1 run by the Governors gave them a 9-7 lead. From there, the two teams battled back and forth until kills from Keenan and Moore tied the set at 20.
Following a pair of kills from Jaida Clark, the Racers tied the set before the APSU Govs retook the lead following MSU’s fourth service error of the night. From there, a Caroline Waite service ace brought up a set point and Moore’s second kill gave APSU the lead.
Murray State led 15-10 following a 10-3 run midway through the second set and while the Govs were able to trim their deficit to two late, fell 25-22.
Three Jaida Clark kills helped propel the APSU Govs to an early, 10-5 advantage in the second set, but the Racers mounted a 6-1 run to tie the score at 11 and force APSU to call their first timeout. A 4-0 run by the Govs gave them a 21-18 lead, but the Racers finished the penultimate set on a 7-2 run to extend their lead.
Murray State came out of the gates hot in the match’s final set, leading 8-1 before the Govs called their first timeout. Austin Peay State University battled back to tie the set for the first time at 23, but back-to-back led to the Govs dropping their first match to the Racers since 2019.
Next Up For APSU Volleyball
The Austin Peay State University volleyball team finishes its regular season with a two-match series, Friday-Saturday, against Eastern Illinois beginning 6:00pm, Friday, followed by a 4:00pm start, Saturday.
Austin Peay 1, Murray State 3
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