Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s volleyball team swept Jacksonville by scores of 25-14, 25-17, and 25-14 to earn its 15th-straight match win inside the Winfield Dunn Center on Friday.
The Governors have won 11-straight sets at home, 12 of 13 this year, and 15 of the last 16.
The Governors, who are 4-0 at home this year, tied their second longest win streak in the Dunn Center, matching the mark from the 2017-18 seasons (last three matches of 2017, first 12 of 2018). The Austin Peay State University women’s volleyball team will attempt to tie the program record of 16, set during the 1991-92 seasons (last match of 1991, first 15 of 1992), when the Governors host North Florida, Saturday at 5:00pm CT.
Austin Peay State University tied Arkansas-Pine Bluff for the fourth longest active win streak in the country.
“I felt like we did a really good job serving tough and keeping Jacksonville out of system” Austin Peay head coach Taylor Mott said. “I’m really proud of the ladies for battling. I never felt like we let up or had a lull in what we were doing. I’m proud of the overall effort, and hopefully we can carry that into tomorrow.”
Mott’s crew opened the match on a 4-1 run, but Jacksonville rallied to tie at six. Three ties ensued over the next six points before Jacksonville (7-8, 1-2 ASUN) took its first lead, 9-8. The Governors put together an 11-0 run to build a 22-13 advantage. Austin Peay scored the final three points of the set and closed the period outscoring the Dolphins 14-1.
In the first set, Austin Peay State University’s Marlayna Bullington registered eight digs. Janvier Buggs dished out eight assists, while Kelsey Mead had five.
The Governors hit .364 in the first game while limiting Jacksonville to .156.
Austin Peay State University used a 5-0 run to grab a 7-1 upper hand in the second stanza. The Dolphins responded with three-straight points before Jaida Clark’s fifth kill of the night ended the spurt.
A 6-0 Governors’ spurt, including three service aces by Mead, made the score 17-10. A 4-0 run followed as part of a larger 10-1 spurt for the Governors, giving them a 21-11 edge. A Dolphins’ attack error gave Mott’s squad the second-set victory.
APSU used a 5-0 spurt, it’s fourth of the evening, to grab a 6-1 lead in the third set after Maggie Keenan’s third solo block of the match. Two Jacksonville attack errors plus a Keenan solo block produced a 14-8 Governors’ lead.
A Mikayla Powell kill made the score 17-10. Two 4-0 Austin Peay State University runs sandwiched around a Jacksonville kill gave the Governors their second win in as many attempts over the Dolphins.
“I feel ecstatic,” Clark commented. “We had so much energy. That was one of the things we focused on prior to the match. We came out and got the job done.
“Our serves got more aggressive as the match went on, and so did our blocking. We were tracking the other team’s hitters, and we were keeping the ball on their side. That was the biggest factor in the match, and that’s our game at the end of the day.”
Elizabeth Wheat finished with 10 kills in the victory, while Tegan Seyring had nine. Seyring hit .500 and Wheat .471. Powell had seven kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Clark recorded six kills and a .455 kill percentage. Burlington totaled 14 digs, while Erin Eisenhart had 11.
Buggs and Mead each dished out 14 assists. Keenan came up with three of her team’s eight solo blocks.
Jacksonville, which was swept for the second-consecutive league match, ended with just a .061 hitting percentage, it’s second worst this year.