- 22||Kills||Allie Moss
- 36||Assists||Emily Humphry
- 4||Aces||Sara Denton
- 22||Digs||Michelle Bennett
- 3.0||Blocks||Amanda Cunningham
HENDERSON, Tenn. – Maci Lerno notched her third straight double-double, Michelle Evans recorded double-digit kills for the fourth straight match and Sara Glassman recorded a double-double of her own in Cumberland’s back and forth 3-2 loss at Freed-Hardeman University Tuesday evening.
Lerno recorded 22 kills and 17 digs while Glassman registered 36 assists to go along with 22 digs. Kara Snell also recorded 17 digs to aid the defense. Evans and Karli Collins contributed 19 combined kills to round out the Bulldog attack.
The Lions jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to open the match, but the Bulldogs (11-9, 6-3 MSC) tied the frame up with kills from Lerno. Freed-Hardeman regained its lead and held an advantage of 18-11 forcing Cumberland to call its second timeout of the set. CU fought back to bring the score to within four after blocks from Evans and Worrell. An attacking error by Cumberland ended the first set 25-19 in favor of FHU.
CU fell early in the second set forcing an early timeout at the 10-6 mark. A Glassman ace and Evans kill brought the Bulldogs back within three. Cumberland battled back to within one after an ace from Snell, a kill from Evans and a FHU attacking error. The Lion offense notched the final kills of the set to win 25-21.
The Bulldogs opened set three on a 5-0 to take an early lead in the frame. Freed scored on eight of the next nine possessions to retake the lead. Cumberland battled back to tie the set up after multiple kills from Lerno. Maddie Lubbehusen served up an ace giving Cumberland the lead back. A service error from FHU’s Emily Humphry gave the Bulldogs the set victory, 25-23.
Jena Goodman opened up the fourth set for Cumberland with two aces to give the Bulldogs a strong 4-0 lead to start the set. CU scored on five of the next eight possessions to take a six point lead forcing a FHU timeout. The Bulldogs padded their lead to ten forcing the Lions to take their second timeout. Lerno finished out the fourth set with back to back kills giving the Bulldogs a 25-15 set victory.
The finale opened with Cumberland scoring the first three points. A rally that lasted nearly two minutes long saw FHU tie the match up at three and then followed the long rally with two points take the lead. Evans notched another kill to tie the match up at seven. The Bulldogs could not rally after falling down by five and Freed took the finale 15-8.
Cumberland continues its play on the road as it travels to Bethel University next Tuesday before heading to St. Catharine College next Thursday to continue Mid-South play.