Austin Peay’s Ashley Slay nabs first adidas®/OVC Offensive Player of the Week honor
Austin Peay Sports Information
Brentwood, TN – After leading Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team in kills for four straight matches, sophomore middle blocker/right side hitter Ashley Slay was named the adidas®/Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Monday.
Slay, of Nashville, picked up her first career weekly OVC honor after leading the Lady Govs in both kills (48, 3.69 per set) and blocks (12, 0.92 per set) while posting a team-leading .430 attack percentage in four matches.
The week began with a bang as Slay hit a career-best 18 kills and added a career-high tying eight blocks in a five-set loss to Evansville, Tuesday, in Austin Peay’s home opener.
Slay didn’t back off that performance at the weekend’s Blazer Invitational. She posted back-to-back errorless attack performances to lead Austin Peay to its first wins this season. Slay recorded a team-best six kills and a .500 attack percentage in the opener against Savannah State. She followed that with a team-best 13 kills and an impressive .650 attack percentage in a win against Florida International.
Austin Peay may not have been able to keep its momentum going in the tournament finale, losing to host UAB, but Slay kept going with a team-best 11 kills and a .440 attack percentage in the three-set loss. She finished the Blazer Invitational with 30 kills (3.75 per set) and a .519 attack percentage.
Slay has been Austin Peay’s leading attacker in five matches this season. She now leads the Lady Govs with 68 kills (2.96 per set) and a .294 attack percentage in the season’s first seven matches.
The Lady Govs return to action after the holiday with a 7:00pm, Tuesday contest at nationally-ranked Western Kentucky.