BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior Amanda Silva delivered a school-record 12 service aces Tuesday as Union swept Tennessee Wesleyan 3-0 in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
Silva (Londrina, Brazil) served up four aces in each of the sets, helping Union to the 25-12, 25-14, 25-21 victory, extending the Lady Bulldogs' win streak to four matches. The previous record was 10, which was held by Angelica Varani against Covenant (Ga.) on Oct. 11, 2002.
The 12 service aces ties her for eighth most in NAIA history.
With the win, Union is now 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the AAC. Tennessee Wesleyan is now 1-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
After some back-and-forth play to start the match, Union used a 7-1 surge to grab an 11-5 advantage in the first set. Union led by as much as 13 en route to the 25-12 decision.
Tennessee Wesleyan came out fighting in the second set and led by as much as 8-5. However, a 7-0 run sent Union up 12-8. After Tennessee Wesleyan cut the margin to 14-12, Union reeled off six straight points for a 20-12 cushion on its way to the 25-14 victory.
In the third set, Tennessee Wesleyan proved to be pesky once again as it seized an early 9-4 lead. Union roared back to tie the set at 12-12 before building a 20-13 advantage. Union was up 24-17 and looking for match point, but Tennessee Wesleyan collected the next four points before Union finished the match off with a 25-21 win.
In addition to the aces, Silva led the team with 12 digs. Chelsea Kirschman (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) posted a team-high eight kills and an amazing .600 hitting percentage. Monica Moreland (Louisville, Ky.) had 22 assists.
Union is now 18-0 against Tennessee Wesleyan all-time since joining the AAC in 2002.
Up next for Union is the Georgetown (Ky.) College Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Union will face Cumberland (Tenn.) Friday at 2 p.m. and St. Catharine (Ky.) Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Union will play Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at 10 a.m.