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Lady Govs volleyball slips to Evansville, 3-1

APSUs volleyball team dropped a close, 3-1 (21-30, 30-25, 28-30, 26-30) decision to Evansville, Saturday afternoon.

Early in game one, the teams swapped points, before tying the score again at 8-8. From there, the Purple Aces scored eight of the next nine points, bringing the score to 16-9. APSU kept the pressure on, getting within three, 18-15, before scoring 12 of the next 18 points to close out the game, 30-21. APSUs attack was to blame for the defeat, its attack percentage in the red at -.054.
APSU's volleyball team dropped a close, 3-1 (21-30, 30-25, 28-30, 26-30) decision to Evansville, Saturday afternoon.

Early in game one, the teams swapped points, before tying the score again at 8-8. From there, the Purple Aces scored eight of the next nine points, bringing the score to 16-9. APSU kept the pressure on, getting within three, 18-15, before scoring 12 of the next 18 points to close out the game, 30-21. APSU's attack was to blame for the defeat, its attack percentage in the red at -.054.

“We had to settle down and relax,” Head Coach Corey Carlin said. “We came out in game one a little tight, and still had some jitters. Evansville is the kind of team that will take advantage of that, and they did.”
As it was in each game of the match, game two saw APSU and Evansville trade points early, tying the score 10 times. At 17-17, Kelsey McNally took the serve after a Laura Wussow kill and served four straight points, 21-17, before an Evansville timeout broke her serve. But the Lady Govs regained the serve one point later and kept the advantage, winning the game, 30-25.

“In game two, we made some adjustments,” Carlin said. “We had to be smarter with plays we ran against Evansville's defense.”

In games three and four, the Lady Govs let Evansville slip by them. In game three, Austin Peay started out strong, never trailing the Purple Aces, aside from the last two points. At one point, APSU was up by five points, 26-21. But Evansville scored seven of the next nine points, tying the score at 28-28. They followed up that run with kills by sophomore Ericka Duckworth and senior Lacy Haller to end the game, 30-28.

In game four, APSU led early, but lost the lead off another Haller kill, bringing the score to 19-18. The Lady Govs continued to trail, but caught up with Evansville, 24-24. The Purple Aces rattled off two more points, but APSU followed with two of their own, bringing the score to 26-26. Three more kills by Evansville followed by one service ace brought the game and match to a close.

Four Lady Govs finished with double-digit kills. Sophomore Kamaria Alexander led with 15, followed by junior Ashley Genslak with 12, senior Krystal Keepers with 11 and sophomore Jamie Thill rounding out the bunch with 10. Alexander and Wussow also scored double-digit kills, racking up 30 and 14, respectively. Senior setter Kelsey McNally dug the ball 12 times.

The Lady Govs were out-blocked (11-6) and out-served by Evansville. The Purple Aces served up twice as many aces (8-4) and recorded less that one-third as many service receive errors (7-2).

“Evansville had a couple of jump servers, and we haven't seen that before,” Carlin said. “We had to adjust. On our side, when we missed the serve, at least we were aggressive. We just had too many at inopportune times.”

For Evansville, Haller and sophomore Danielle Diehl led the team in kills with 12 each. Libero Sarah McClellan posted a match-high 33 digs.
Austin Peay begins its road schedule in the Comfort Inn and Suites Invitational, Friday and Saturday, in Dekalb, Ill. —Cody Bush