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Cougars Fall to Austin Peay in Four Sets

Dylynn Otte
Dylynn Otte

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Despite three double-doubles from SIUE volleyball players, the Cougars dropped a four-set decision to Austin Peay Saturday at the Winfield Dunn Center.

Austin Peay improved to a Ohio Valley Conference-leading 16-2 overall and 6-0 mark in league competition with a 25-21, 26-28, 25-21, 25-20 win over the Cougars, which dropped to 4-14 overall and 3-3 in OVC play.

"We did a lot of things well and came to compete," said SIUE Head Coach Kendall Paulus. "We pushed through some tough moments and went on nice runs."

Dylynn Otte sparked the Cougars with 16 kills and 16 digs. It was the most kills for the junior outside hitter since collecting 19 against Oral Roberts on Sept. 15.

Freshman Ellen LeMasters also doubled up with 14 kills and 13 digs. Mallory Nicholson added her team-leading ninth double-double of the season with 26 assists and 13 digs.

The Cougars finished the match with a .206 hitting percentage that included 58 kills.

After dropping the first set, SIUE fought off two set points in set two. The Cougars won the second set by winning the final three points of the set, one on a kill by Rachel McDonald, one on an Austin Peay attack error and the final one on a service ace by Kiana Fields. It was one of seven service aces for the Cougars Saturday.

Austin Peay, led by 24 kills from Cecily Gable, pushed through the third and fourth sets, finishing the match with 60 kills and a .265 hitting percentage.

"This week," noted Paulus, "we will work to clean up a few things defensively to meet our team expectations."

SIUE continues this road trip with matches at Tennessee Tech next Friday and Jacksonville State next Saturday.

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