(CLEVELAND) – The Truett McConnell University women’s volleyball team won a nail biter against Tennessee Wesleyan University on Tuesday evening in their season and Appalachian Athletic Conference opener. After falling behind 2-1 through the first three sets, the Lady Bears rallied to take games four and five (25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11) to clinch their first win of the season.


TMU started out strong holding a six-point lead three times throughout the first set. Although the Bulldogs crept in from behind late (24-22), freshman Jordan Roberts’ kill sealed the first win of the night (25-22). The second set saw TMU continue leading by as many as six (21-15), however, it was only up from there for TWU. The Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run to tie it up at 22 apiece and eventually clinched the set with three back to back kills (23-25). TWU continued to push and won set three (22-25), but the Lady Bears would bounce back.

A freshman Sonya Silecky kill gave the Lady Bears a large enough lead (14-9) to finish strong. The Lady Bears closed out of the fourth set on a 7-0 run (25-17) and TMU was capable of carrying over the momentum into the fifth and final set. After getting out front by as much as five, a Silecky kill fastened TMU’s first AAC win of the season (15-11).


Silecky and senior Abby Maxwell each recorded double-doubles. Silecky tallied 24 digs and 12 kills, while Maxwell was credited 50 assists and 17 digs. Junior Bethany Ross led the offense tying her career high of 21 kills. Ranavia Neal added 10 kills and five blocks. Senior Hannah Conners recored 19 digs and four assists. Freshman Madyson Dunn marked her debut with 11 digs and four service aces, and fellow freshman Jordan Roberts added nine kills and three blocks.  


The Lady Bears will host AAC foe Bryan College on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1:00 p.m., for senior day.