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Lady Govs volleyball defeats Lipscomb in season opener

With Austin Peay State Universitys 3-1 (30-24, 23-30, 30-17, 30-18) win against visiting Lipscomb Friday night, new Head Coach Corey Carlin is batting 1.000.

It was a culmination of feelings, Carlin said about his first career win as APSU head coach. I was a little anxious nervous beforehand, but as soon as the whistle blew, I knew that as hard as the girls have worked during this preseason, we were going to give Lipscomb a good game.
With Austin Peay State University's 3-1 (30-24, 23-30, 30-17, 30-18) win against visiting Lipscomb Friday night, new Head Coach Corey Carlin is batting 1.000.

“It was a culmination of feelings,” Carlin said about his first career win as APSU head coach. “I was a little anxious nervous beforehand, but as soon as the whistle blew, I knew that as hard as the girls have worked during this preseason, we were going to give Lipscomb a good game.”

During game one, the Lady Govs stayed neck-and-neck with the Lady Bisons before a string of Lipscomb attack errors gave APSU the edge, 11-9. Austin Peay held onto that lead, pushing their advantage to a tight 25-21 score. The Lady Govs went on to score the next five-of-eight points, winning 30-24.
In game two, the Lady Govs' attack percentage fell through the floor, as they combined for only .037. The Lady Govs trailed for the majority of the game, leading only two times, 14-13 and 16-15. They lost the game, 30-23.

The Lady Govs rallied back in game three, leading the entire way. Junior Laura Wussow's serve was vital to sealing the contest for APSU in game three. She took command with the Lady Govs leading 11-8 and relinquished her control nine points later, giving Austin Peay a 20-9 advantage. It was a matter of time from there, and APSU sealed the game, 30-17.

The Lady Govs carried that momentum into game four, never trailing. Lipscomb was able to tie the game, 13-13, but a Jessica Enderle service error put the ball right back into the hands of the Lady Govs. APSU took advantage of the point, and went on to win the game, 30-18.

Austin Peay trailed Lipscomb in both kills (56-53) and digs (85-84), but out-hit the Lady Bisons, .211-.148, and out-blocked them, 10-3.
“Our blocking made a huge difference in the momentum of the game,” Carlin said. “When Lipscomb began getting some runs on us, it was usually because someone had missed her blocking assignment. When we started making blocks, the momentum would swing our way.”

Three Lady Govs ended the night with double-digit kills, including senior Krystal Keepers (11), junior Ashley Genslak (10) and sophomore Karmaria Alexander (10). Alexander also finished with a team-high 21 digs. Sophomore Kristen Kirch and freshman Caroline Frens ended with 19 and 10 digs, respectively.

“I'm probably most proud of Caroline,” Carlin said. “She's a true freshman and played like a returner. She's in the backcourt three rotations, and her ball control allows us to be steady.”

For Lipscomb, Lindsey Rutherford led the team with 14 kills and finished with 17 digs. Ann Mullins led all players with 27 digs.
Austin Peay will end their home weekend with a 2 p.m., Saturday, match against Evansville, where Carlin was the assistant coach before coming to APSU three years ago.

“Evansville will be a good challenge for us,” Carlin said. “They have a good tradition in their conference, and they beat us in five games last year. But it's always a match I get up for. There's still one class there I recruited.” —Brad Kirtley