CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State volleyball team's (3-18, 0-7 OVC) strong defense effort was unable to overtake Austin Peay (7-12, 4-4 OVC) on Thursday night, falling 3-0.
The Lady Govs got off to an early lead in the first game, 6-2. The Lady Tigers rebounded and attempted to keep the game tight moving as close as 10, 20-10, before Austin Peay pulled away down the stretch for the 30-18.
APSU jumped ahead in game two, 5-1, and held a narrow lead before the serving of freshman Kelly Davis (Farrell, Pa.) moved the Lady Tigers to within three, 14-11. A big surge by the Lady Govs gave them a 20-12 lead and Tennessee State was unable to recover as Austin Peay cruised to a 30-15 win.
After the break, Tennessee State caught the Lady Govs off guard as it stormed to a 3-0 lead. Austin Peay came back to knot the game at four before the teams started a point for point battle. With the game tied at seven, the Lady Govs made their move, moving ahead 12-8. Tennessee State would only get as close as nine before Austin Peay pushed for the 30-17 win.
Juniors Catherine Armwood (Durham, N.C.) and Jennifer Washington (East Pointe, Ga.) logged digs in the double digits with 17 and 12, respectively. Davis went on to finish the night with 30 assists and notched her six service ace of the season. Junior Thereza Wright (El Paso, Texas) had a great night, hitting .353 with a team-high nine kills and two block assists. Freshman Ashley Douglas (DeSoto, Texas) also played a great game, collecting seven kills en route to hitting .313 on the night.
Tennessee State returns to action on Saturday as it travels for another interstate rival match, this time with Tennessee Tech. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m.