LEXINGTON, Ky. – Austin Peay State University volleyball junior middle blocker Ashley Slay has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week, Tuesday, becoming the first Governors student-athlete to win the award.
Slay was named the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Monday. She finished the week with 37 kills (4.62 kills per set) and a .361 attack percentage, both totals moving her into the OVC Top 10 in those categories for the season. Slay also had two service aces and seven blocks, finishing with 43.5 points (5.44 points per set).
The Nashville product posted a career-high 22 kills (4.40 kills per set) in the Govs five-set victory at SIUE, Saturday, topping her previous career high of 19 kills set against Southern Miss, last season. She also chipped in 11 digs for her season's second double-double outing and added two service aces and five blocks, finishing with 27.5 points.
So proud of Ashley Slay this weeks AVCA National Player of the Week. pic.twitter.com/jSxRXw3Gjd— Austin Peay VB (@AustinPeayVB) October 11, 2016
Her 22 kills were the most by an APSU player since Jada Stott's 22 kills against Montana State in September 2015. It also was the most kills by a Governors middle blocker since Laura Wussow's 22-kill effort against Southeast Missouri in 2005. In addition, Slay also had the most kills by a Governors player in an OVC contest since Nikki Doyle's 25-kill effort at Eastern Illinois in 2012.
The previous day, Slay led the Govs with 15 kills (5.00 kills per set) and an impressive .414 attack percentage in a three-set sweep at Eastern Illinois. She tacked on two blocks, and four digs in the Govs quick victory.
Austin Peay currently sits in a three-way tie for first place in the OVC regular-season race, which enters its fourth week. The Governors will face one of the teams they are tied with when they host Jacksonville State in a 6 p.m., Friday contest at the Dunn Center.