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Austin Peay Govs dominate in opening day of Ohio Valley Challenge

APSU Sports Information

APSU Women's VolleyballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University beach volleyball picks up two victories in the opening day of the Ohio Valley Challenge.

In the early morning match against fellow 2019 ASUN affiliate, Jacksonville State, the Govs got off to a good start, as both the number four and five pairings won in three-set thrillers, to give Austin Peay an early two-point edge.

Austin Peay Beach Volleyball opens Ohio Valley Challenge with wins over Jacksonville State and Morehead State. (APSU Sports Information) [1]

Austin Peay Beach Volleyball opens Ohio Valley Challenge with wins over Jacksonville State and Morehead State. (APSU Sports Information)

Ashley Slay [2] and Cori Theiss [3], as well as, Chloe Stitt [4] and Kaylee Taff [5] topped their opponents in their opening games.

However, the Govs dropped the next two pairings, before Ginny Gerig [6] and Cecily Gable [7] won in dramatic fashion to give the Govs a victory in their first official match at the Govs Beach Volleyball Complex, on the newly minted Caffee Family Center Court.

After an extended break, the Governors returned to the court after lunch to face Morehead State, where the Govs showed complete control, winning the matchup by four games to one. Gerig and Gable continued their run, dropping the number one Morehead State pairing in straight sets, while Jenna Panning [8] and Haley Turner also earned the Govs a point in two sets.

Slay and Theiss earned their second win of the day in another three-set affair, while Taff and Stitt topped the Eagles competition in straight sets.

The Govs will return to the court tomorrow for day two of the Ohio Valley Challenge, facing Lincoln Memorial and Carson-Newman.

Austin Peay will also honor lone senior Ashley Slay [2] in the final match against Carson-Newman for her efforts as a pioneer in the Govs inaugural beach volleyball season in 2017, and her steady leadership throughout the 2018 season.

Be sure to follow the Govs on Twitter at @AustinPeayBVB [9] for updates throughout the weekend, and prep for the next matchups by checking out the Governors’ Forecast.

Box Scores

Austin Peay 3, Jacksonville State 2

Austin Peay 4, Morehead State 1

The Governors’ Forecast

Date Opponent Time
April 21 Lincoln Memorial 9:30am
April 21 Carson-Newman 4:00pm