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OVC-opening jitters haunt Austin Peay Lady Govs in loss at UT Martin

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUMartin, TN – Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team could not overcome a bad case of jitters in its Ohio Valley Conference opener, falling to UT Martin in three sets (16-25, 15-25, 15-25), Friday night at Skyhawk Fieldhouse.

Austin Peay Women's Volleyball. (APSU Sports Information) [1]

Austin Peay Women’s Volleyball. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay (5-11, 0-1 OVC) could not get its offense on the right track throughout the match.

The tone was set early in the first set when four APSU attack errors helped UT Martin build a 7-1 lead.

Austin Peay would ultimately level its attack percentage (10 kills, 10 attack errors) but could not climb back into the set in a 25-16 loss.

UT Martin (5-13, 1-0 OVC) recovered from its own first-set offensive woes – it posted a .185 attack percentage in the win – to dominate the second and third sets. The Skyhawks recorded 14 kills and an attack percentage better than .300 in each set, winning both frames by a 25-15 margin to claim the match.

Freshman Logan Carger [2] led Austin Peay with nine kills while posting a .250 attack percentage. Senior Aubrey Marsellis [3] added three kills at a .333 attack percentage. However, Austin Peay was held to 24 kills and committed 25 attack errors for a minus-.010 attack percentage.

Inside The Box Score

Austin Peay was held to a negative attack percentage (minus-.010) for the first time this season as it committed 25 attack errors against only 24 kills.

Six hitters ended the night with a negative attack percentage. Only Carger and senior Aubrey Marsellis [3] ended with positive attack percentages.

It is Austin Peay’s second straight loss at Skyhawk Fieldhouse.

“We battled our nerves tonight. We just couldn’t get out of our own way. Logan was a bright spot, it was her best outing this season,” state APSU Volleyball head coach Taylor Mott.

Kiah Cheatham led UT Martin with 14 kills and an errorless performance (.667 attack percentage). Alisha Erves added 10 kills to pace the Skyhawks 35-kill outing.

Austin Peay continues its OVC-opening road swing with a 5:00pm, Saturday contest at Southeast Missouri.

Box Score

Austin Peay (5-11 (0-1 OVC)) -VS- UT Martin (5-13 (1-0 OVC))

Team 1 2 3
Austin Peay 16 15 15
UT Martin 25 25 25

 


Match Details

Set Austin Peay UT Martin
K E TA % K E TA %
1 10 10 36 .000 7 2 27 .185
2 7 7 31 .000 14 4 29 .345
3 7 8 33 -.030 14 4 33 .303
24 25 100 -.010 35 10 89 .281

 

Game Leaders

Statistic APSU- Leaders
Kills CARGER, Logan [2] (9), EBRIGHT, Sammie [5] (4), GABLE, Cecily [6] (4)
Aces STROTHER, Samantha [7] (2), ADAMS, April [8] (1)
Blocks SLAY, Ashley [9] (1), GABLE, Cecily [6] (1), TAFF, Kaylee [10] (1)
Assists MARSELLIS, Aubrey [3] (19), ADAMS, April [8] (2), CARGER, Logan [2] (1)
Digs ADAMS, April [8] (10), WALKER, Peyton [11] (7), EBRIGHT, Sammie [5] (6)

 

 

Statistic UTM – Leaders
Kills CHEATHAM, Kiah (14), ERVES, Alisha (10), CERIANI, Lael (5)
Aces LARSON, Colleen (2), CHEATHAM, Kiah (2), BOWLES, Chelsea (2)
Blocks CHEATHAM, Kiah (5), ERVES, Alisha (3), CRASK, Amanda (3)
Assists CAIN, Ellie (30), BOWLES, Chelsea (2), ERVES, Alisha (1)
Digs CRASK, Amanda (10), BOWLES, Chelsea (9), CAIN, Ellie (8)