(CLEVELAND) – The Truett McConnell University women’s volleyball team defeated Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Point University in three (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) on Tuesday evening inside the TMU Volleyball/Wrestling Arena. The Lady Bears improved to 8-2, 8-2 AAC on the season, while the Skyhawks fell to 3-4, 3-4 AAC. Last time they met, TMU took Point in four sets.
SET BY SET
Both teams went head to head until a Point attacking error put the Lady Bears ahead for good (17-16). TMU, in fact, won the first set due to three more errors by the Skyhawks (25-20). The second set saw the Skyhawks go on a 5-0 scoring run (12-14), which allowed them to eventually get in winning position (21-23), but the Lady Bears rallied to win it with a strong 4-0 scoring run (25-23).
The third set was much like the rest of the match with both teams battling it out, but once the Lady Bears pulled ahead for point 12 (12-11), it was only up from there. It was a Sonya Silecky kill that ultimately put away the visiting Skyhawks to clinch the AAC sweep (25-18).
“The team really fought hard tonight to take the match in three sets,” Head Coach Mark Corbin said. “We worked on several key things in practice and the girls were able to execute those things effectively tonight. This team has really come together and is focusing on the little things to make us the best we can be. I’m proud of what these girls have done so far this year and we look to continue improving as we get on the road for several away matches over the next week.”
Overall, the Lady Bears outshined the Skyhawks in the kills column 34-26. Silecky led the way with a double-double of 11 kills and 10 digs. Junior Bethany Ross followed with nine kills and senior Hannah Conners led the defense with 12 digs, while freshman Jordan Roberts had four blocks. Senior Abby Maxwell was credited 30 assists and added nine digs.
The Lady Bears will not travel for four straight matches. First on the schedule is Bluefield College on Friday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. TMU’s returns home on Monday, Oct. 9, to host Milligan University.