MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (September 3, 2011) – Nikki Doyle and Hillary Plybon combined for 27 kills to lead Austin Peay volleyball past ETSU, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-14, 26-24), on day two of the Blue Raider Bash, Saturday evening at Alumni Gym.
Austin Peay improves to 2-5 on the season after the win, while ETSU falls to 3-4.
The Governors outhit the Bucs .262 to .184, but the Bucs finished with a 54-49 advantage in kills. ETSU was hurt by 27 attack errors compared to just 15 by the Governors.
Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the ETSU offense with her third double-double of the season, recording 14 kills and 12 digs, while also adding two blocks. Freshman Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) had a solid match as she recorded 10 kills and two blocks. Freshman setter Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) dished out 25 assists, while adding five digs, two kills and an ace. Junior Kayla Williams (El Paso, Texas) also saw time at the setter position and recorded 19 assists, three kills and five digs. Senior Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) led the ETSU defense with 17 kills. Senior McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) had a solid showing with nine kills, three blocks, three digs and two aces.
Austin Peay delivered the first punch in the opening set by going on a 6-0 run after the score was tied to take the 14-8 lead, forcing an ETSU timeout. The Governors maintained the lead throughout the rest of the stanza, earning the 25-20 victory in the set.
The second set started out similarly to the opening set with both teams trading points through much of the set. With the score knotted at 18 apiece, Hardy delivered a kill putting the Bucs in front 19-18. From there, ETSU never looked back, winning the set, 25-21.
Following the break, Austin Peay jumped out to a quick 7-1 advantage thanks to five kills by Nikki Doyle during the stretch. The Governors held the lead, but the Bucs chipped away and tied the score up at 10 apiece after a series of points from Hardy and a kill by Williams. Following an Austin Peay timeout, the Governors made some adjustments and regained the lead thanks to a 6-0 run, making the score 19-12. Austin Peay maintained the advantage to win the set, 25-14.
After Austin Peay got out to an early lead, the Bucs quickly answered by tying the match and eventually taking a lead of their own, 12-8. The Governors battled back to tie the score at 13 apiece after a Doyle kill. The two teams traded points through much of the set until the score was tied at 24. Then, Austin Peay got a kill from Calyn Hull to bring up set point at 25-24. From there, the Governors blocked an ETSU kill attempt to win the set and match.
ETSU concludes play at the Blue Raider Bash tomorrow at 11 a.m. against FIU.
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