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Stitt’s 26 kills sets tempo in four-set OVC win

Robert Smith/Tnsports360.com

By Cody Bush

APSU Athletics Communications

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay outside hitter Chloe Stitt’s career-best 26-kill performance helped the Govs win a four-set (25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22) Ohio Valley Conference decision against Murray State, Sunday afternoon at the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay (7-2) had its hands full throughout the match, only winning the third set in wire-to-wire fashion. The Govs offense got out to a slow start hitting .196 and .200 in the first two sets. They won the first set thanks to four service aces and three blocks.

Murray State (4-5) would battle back to level the match in the second. Austin Peay tried to race away early, leading 7-3, only to watch the Racers level the match at 9-9 thanks to a 6-2 run. Murray State took control with seven straight points to get to 18-11 and nursed that lead to win the set.

But Stitt exerted her influence in the final two sets, and it changed the Govs offense. She scored seven kills and two blocks in the third set as the Govs posted a .361 attack percentage in the wire-to-wire victory. Stitt topped that with eight kills and two blocks in the fourth set, leading a Govs offense that posted 21 kills in the match-clinching win.

Stitt led all hitters with her 26-kill effort and accounted for a large part of the Govs 62 kills in the match. Middle blocker Karli Graham nine kills and three blocks, and middle blocker Claire Darland had a team-best six blocks and five kills.

Jayla Holcombe led Murray State with 20 kills. Darci Metzger (16) and Kolby McClelland (11) also reached double-digit kill territory as Murray State recorded 55 kills in the match.

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