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Govs volleyball performance spikes, Doyle sets record

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The Lady Gov’s volleyball team looked sharp the past two weeks, taking four of five matches, including a match against Middle Tennessee on Wednesday, Oct. 10 which saw senior Nikki Doyle set a school record by recording 34 kills in the match.

The Lady Govs fell behind 2-0 to MTSU, but saw Doyle come on strong in the final three sets as APSU swept the remaining sets for the come from behind win.

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It was the first time this season the Lady Govs came from behind from 2-0 to win thanks to Doyle’s record setting performance.

The Lady Govs would play both SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois twice in the next week and a half. APSU handled both teams easily in their first matches, as the beat Eastern Illinois 25-23, 25-19, 25-19 on Friday, Oct. 12 and SIUE 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Both 3-0 victories over Ohio Valley Conference foes and their come from behind win against MTSU completed a three-game sweep at home before going on the road.

The Lady Govs would see much tougher battles from their previous two opponents as they started their current four-game road trip.

On Friday, Oct. 19, APSU would travel to SIUE in a rematch that saw a much closer but same result. It was the second time in nine days that would see the Lady Govs come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the match, bringing APSU their fifth straight win.

The next game did not see the same result for the Lady Govs, as they lost the next day, Oct. 20, to Eastern Illinois, 3-2, to end their season-high five game winning streak.

The two teams would go back forth, alternating sets throughout the entire match, but unfortunately for APSU, EIU would pull out the final set
The last two weeks have helped to boost the Lady Govs’ record to 13-13, 6-4 in OVC play.

The Lady Govs will hope to rekindle their magic, as they will travel to Nashville twice to take on Belmont on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Tennessee State on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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