Clarksville, TN – The Ohio Valley Conference’s beach volleyball regular-season title is on the line when Austin Peay State University hosts the OVC Weekend at APSU, Friday and Saturday, at the Govs Beach Volleyball Complex.
Austin Peay (15-9, 3-1 OVC) opens the weekend with a Friday 10:00am match against UT Martin (12-6, 4-0 OVC) before playing a 2:30pm match against Chattanooga (13-11, 2-2 OVC). The Governors wrap up the regular season, Saturday, with a 12:30pm match against Morehead State (7-7, 1-3 OVC) and a 4:30pm match against Eastern Illinois (0-9, 0-4 OVC).
The Governors open the weekend against league-leading UT Martin in a match that has significant implications for the regular-season championship. If Austin Peay State University beats UT Martin and then both teams win out, they will share the regular-season title and the first tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed will be determined by the head-to-head pair’s record in two matches between the Govs and Skyhawks.
If the Governors beat UT Martin and then win out the rest of the weekend and the Skyhawks drop one of their final four matches, Austin Peay State University would claim the regular-season championship outright.
In three matches against UT Martin this season, the APSU Govs are 2-1 with the one loss coming in conference action. The Skyhawks enter the weekend after dropping their last match to APSU, 3-2, at the Govs Beach Bash last Saturday. After losing four-straight matches – including one to the Govs – at the GSU Diggin’ Duels, Chattanooga enters the weekend on a two-match winning streak after beating Jacksonville State twice in midweek action.
Morehead State has won four of its last five matches and is on a two-match winning streak after posting a pair of 5-0 wins against Louisville last Friday. In its first-ever season of beach volleyball, Eastern Illinois enters the weekend still searching for the program’s first win.
Austin Peay State University has been led by Marlayna Bullington and Kelsey Mead, with the duo posting a team-leading 17-7 record with 16 of those wins coming from the No. 1 position. The duo has won eight of their last 10 matches and enters the weekend on a team-best three-match winning streak.
Caroline Waite and Janvier Buggs have taken control of the No. 4 position, where they have appeared in nine-straight matches. The Waite-Buggs pairing is 11-6 this season with six wins on the No. 4 line and five wins on the No. 5 line.
Karli Graham and Elizabeth Wheat have made six-straight appearances on the No. 5 line for the APSU Governors, where they have played to a 4-6 record this season. The tandem of Maggie Keenan and Morgan Rutledge have also posted a 3-1 mark on the No. 5 line this season.
Next Up For APSU Beach Volleyball
After wrapping up the regular season, the Austin Peay State University beach volleyball team travels to the OVC Beach Volleyball Championship, April 28th-30th, hosted by Morehead State at the Fazoli’s Breadstick Beach in Morehead, Kentucky.
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OVC Weekend at Austin Peay Schedule
Friday, April 22nd
8:30am – Chattanooga vs. Eastern Illinois
10:30am – Austin Peay vs. UT Martin
12:30pm – Morehead State vs. Eastern Illinois
2:30pm – Austin Peay vs. Chattanooga
4:30pm – Morehead State vs. UT Martin
Saturday, April 23rd
8:30am – Chattanooga vs. Morehead State
10:30am – UT Martin vs. Eastern Illinois
12:30pm – Austin Peay vs. Morehead State
2:30pm – Chattanooga vs. UT Martin
4:30pm – Austin Peay vs. Eastern Illinois