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Carger’s career day leads Austin Peay Govs past Eagles

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APSU Women's Volleyball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Sophomore Logan Carger [1] finished with a career-high 15 kills, including the match-winner as Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team defeated Morehead State in four sets (25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13), Saturday in Ohio Valley Conference action at the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay Volleyball's Logan Carger has career day in win over Morehead State Eagles at the Dunn Center Saturday. [2]

Austin Peay Volleyball’s Logan Carger has career day in win over Morehead State Eagles at the Dunn Center Saturday.

Austin Peay (22-9, 11-3 OVC) had trouble separating from Morehead State in the first two sets.

The Govs battled through 12 ties and three lead changes in the opening frame, the last tie coming at 19-19.

Austin Peay scored three straight points to break that tie, junior Ashley Slay [3] supplying a service ace, and maintained that lead to the set’s end.

The second set started with Morehead State (11-17, 7-7 OVC) scoring the first four points while racing out to a 5-1 lead. The Govs responded with their own 5-1 run to tie the set, 6-6, and gained a brief 8-7 lead courtesy a Carger kill.

APSU Volleyball - Logan Carger [4]APSU would get a two-point lead midway through the set and nursed that slim lead all the way to 22-20 in the frame. But a service error and back-to-back Eagles kills turned the tide as they rallied late to tie the set.

After the break, Austin Peay found a different gear defensively. After allowing 28 kills in the first two sets, they would hold Morehead State to 17 kills and a .029 attack percentage in the final two sets.

The Govs opened the third set with a 5-1 run as senior Sammie Ebright [5] chipped in a pair of kills. Ebright then would lead a 4-0 run from the service line as the lead hit seven points, 11-4. The Govs lead would be reduced to four points late in the set before Slay ended the frame with back-to-back kills.

APSU Volleyball - Sammie Ebright [6]Ebright’s time at the service line provided the breakout moment in the fourth set, the Govs scoring four straight points on her serve to turn a 4-5 deficit into an 8-5 lead.

Austin Peay would score five blocks in the set to stymie the Eagles offense, which had just seven kills and posted a negative-.121 attack percentage in the frame, as the Govs rolled to the match-clinching set win.

Carger’s 15-kill outing saw her start post 13 straight kills without an attack error to begin the outing. She finished with just one attack error for a .560 attack percentage. Slay chipped in 12 kills while junior Kaitlyn Teeter [7] added a 10-kill outing. The trio led an offensive effort that finished with 53 kills and a .232 attack percentage.

The Govs defense posted 69 digs and eight blocks in the match. Freshman Ginny Gerig [9] led the back row with a 22-dig outing. Sophomore Kristen Stucker [10] had three blocks (two solo) and freshman Cecily Gable [11] had four blocks to pace the net defense.

Meredith Jewell led Morehead State with 16 kills, but was limited to a .113 attack percentage. Karlee Reynolds added 10 kills and a .300 attack percentage. The Eagles ended the match with 45 kills and a .118 attack percentage.

Inside The Box Score

Charging Carger
APSU Volleyball - Ginny Gerig [12]
Carger’s knocked down her career high for a second consecutive match, following her 14-kill effort against Murray State with Saturday’s 15-kill performance. It was her third straight double-digit kill outing, Carger has 40 kills (3.08 per set) and a .438 attack percentage during the streak.

Gerig Gearing Up
Freshman Ginny Gerig [9] notched her third consecutive 20-dig effort, finishing with 22 against Morehead State. She has 74 digs (5.69 per set) during the streak which is the longest 20-plus dig streak of her career.

Austin Peay continues its regular-season ending homestand when it hosts SIU Edwardsville in a 6:00pm, Friday contest. The matchup will be a battle for second in the OVC standings, with the Govs one-win behind the Cougars entering the contest.