|August 26, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
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LEBANON, Tenn. – On a night filled with emotion, the Cumberland volleyball team brought head coach Kathy Slaughter the perfect beginning to her collegiate coaching career with the Bulldogs pulling out a 3-2 victory over Bethel here Wednesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation center.
The Bulldogs (1-0), started off strong in the first two sets taking both the stanzas to a score of 25-23. Maci Lerno, the junior transfer led the Bulldogs in their offensive attack racking up eight kills to go along with eight digs.
All things looked to be going Cumberland’s way in the third set with the Bulldogs and Wildcats exchanging points for most of the frame. Bethel took a five point lead at the 21-16 mark which sparked the CU offense. Scoring three unanswered points to pull within two, before falling 25-22.
The fourth set brought on frustrating play for the Bulldogs as they could not muster the same amount of offense as they did in the previous three sets. Bethel took the fourth frame 25-20, setting up a dramatic fifth set.
Both teams exchanged points throughout most of the first half of the final set as the Wildcats led 8-7 at the switch. BU took control after the swap and held a four point lead before Lerno racked up two kills and freshman Sara Glassman served up an ace to bring the Bulldogs within one. After a Wildcat timeout and a Caprisha Webster kill, Cumberland retook the lead.
Ashton Perez served up the final blow for the Bulldogs as she placed beautifully executed ball just out of the reach of the Bethel defense. CU took the finale 19-17.
Cumberland is back in action again on Friday as they travel to Columbia, Kentucky to compete in the Lindsey Wilson Tournament. Friday’s matches will be against Dalton State College and Indiana University-Southeastern. First serve is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.