By DAVID SCHERER | Staff Writer
This year has been one of the most successful in the history of the APSU Lady Govs volleyball team, and the team hopes to keep their run alive by winning the OVC tournament.
The weekend of Friday, Nov. 12, the Lady Govs wrapped up their regular season with a pair of sweeps, first Tennessee State on Friday and then SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Nov. 13.
Both matches were displays of absolute dominance by the Lady Govs, beating Tennessee State handily on Friday 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-17) and following up with a very impressive performance against SIU Edwardsville, winning 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-15).
Against Tennessee State, the Lady Govs recognized their three seniors, Jessica Mollmann, Taylor Skinner and Sarah Alisaleh, before the match, but it proved to be a pair of juniors who led the Lady Govs to the victory.
Ilyanna Hernandez and Kayla Grantham finished with 15 and 9 kills respectively, and Hernandez led the Lady Govs with a .556 attack percentage. Tennessee State made it a contest at first but was unable to lead by more than a point the entire set.
APSU used an 8-4 run at the end of the set to close out the 25-21 victory.
After winning the first set, the Lady Govs never looked back, leading both the second and third sets in their entirety. They were able to capitalize on a pair of runs in the second to secure the 25-13 easy victory.
In the third, it was much of the same. APSU was able to build a 7-2 lead at the beginning and used an 8-2 run at the end to win the set 25-17 as well as the match.
The Lady Govs finished the match with 46 kills and only 8 errors in addition to 7 service aces and 6 blocks.
In the Saturday match against SIU Edwardsville, the Lady Govs were able to completely dominate all aspects of the match in route to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-15) sweep to end their regular season. The scores of the sets do not accurately reflect the dominance that the Lady Govs displayed in dispatching the Cougars.
Throughout the set, they were able to capitalize on the many mistakes made by the Cougars, most notably in the second set when they scored three straight points off of errors to take a 7-6 lead.
The seniors definitely came through in the clutch, but it was Sophomore Nikki Doyle’s night to shine as she recorded a career best .625 attack percentage. Hernandez and Mollman also contributed with 13 and 11 kills respectively.
The Lady Govs enter into OVC Tournament semifinal action at Morehead State, Friday, Nov. 19. Looking ahead, if the Lady Govs are able to win their semifinal match they will more than likely face Morehead, who the Lady Govs have beaten this season, in the championship. TAS