Head Coach Taylor Mott reached her 100th win as the Govs’ coach on Friday, Oct. 27 against EIU (25-19, 25-23, 25-14).
The Govs (11-1 OVC) faced both Eastern Illinois (6-5 OVC) and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (9-3 OVC) for two wins.
According to letsgopeay.com, the Panthers put up the most fight in the first and second sets, although APSU retaliated. Two consecutive kills from Christina White gave the Govs an advantage in the first set, which Ashley Slay later extended with six kills and a .600 attack percentage.
The second set was a battle with four lead changes and seven ties. The Govs eventually snagged the lead after two kills from Kaylee Taff. EIU tried to rally late, but a kill from Freshman Brooke Moore ended the set.
APSU used a 7-1 run early in the third set to ensure the win. White was the standout in the set with six of the Govs’ 10 kills.
The Govs took their next victory on Saturday, Oct. 28 against the SIUE Cougars (23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-8).
This was a hard-earned win for APSU, who had to fight back after dropping the first two sets.
In the third set, APSU was able to mount their comeback after a kill from Jenna Panning. Panning also tied the score at 16-16 and 17-17 with kills and put the Govs in the lead at 19-18 with another kill. The frame was ended by a service ace from Moore and kill from Slay.
APSU took advantage of their momentum to take the fourth set, which forced the tie-breaking fifth frame.
Kristen Stucker, Slay and Moore all worked to get APSU the lead in the fifth set. The Govs upheld the lead, and the match was ended on a service ace from Sophomore Ginny Gerig.
After this win, Stucker’s 58 assist performance made her the fifth setter in APSU history to surpass 3,000 career assists.
The Govs will travel to Murfreesboro, TN to take on the MTSU Blue Raiders on Wednesday, Nov. 1.