Bulldogs lose heartbreaker to Tigers, fall 3-2
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Bulldogs lose heartbreaker to Tigers, fall 3-2
Junior Ashley Sherrick collected a season-best 12 kills in Cumberland's tough loss to Campbellsville. (Credit Steve Wampler)

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Junior Ashley Sherrick collected a season-best 12 kills and Maci Lerno lead all attackers with 23 but Campbellsville came back to stun Cumberland 3-2 Tuesday night inside the J.K. Powell Athletic Center.

Cumberland was aided in the offensive attack by Michelle Evans and Amanda Worrell who combined for 17 kills. Sara Glassman enjoyed another productive match, producing 45 assists and Kara Snell added 15 digs to lead the defense.

The Bulldogs (11-14, 6-7 MSC) stormed out of the gates in the opening set holding a lead as large as five at the 15-10 mark. The Tigers (14-11, 6-6 MSC) battled back to tie the set up at 18 and took the lead on the following possession. The two teams exchanged point until both sat at 23. Caprisha Webster served up an ace and Sherrick collected the set-ending kill to give Cumberland a 1-0 set advantage.

Campbellsville opened the second set scoring seven of the first 12 points to take an early advantage. Karli Collins entered the match and recorded an ace and then was followed by a Worrell kill to tie the set up at seven apiece. Evans collected a kill with the set knotted at 21 which gave CU its first lead since the set was tied at 11. Sherrick, again notched a set-ending kill, giving the Bulldogs a commanding 2-0 lead.

Frame three began with Cumberland taking a 5-3 advantage before the Tigers tied the frame up and took control for the remainder of play. The Bulldogs fell down by as many as nine after Campbellsville went on a 7-0 run. CU could not conquer the large deficit dropping the third frame 25-17.

Eight ties and five lead changes occurred in the fourth set. Both teams played fairly even in the early part of the set before Cumberland took the lead after a Lerno kill at the 9-8 mark. The Bulldogs held control of the set, holding a lead of five with the score at 21-16, but two CU attacking errors and three Tiger kills brought Campbellsville back even. Both teams battled, but the Tigers came out on top, tying the match at two after the 27-25 victory.

In the finale, Campbellsville took early control and held that lead at the changing of sides. Cumberland was only able to score two points following the switch, falling in the fifth set 15-7 and losing a tough match, 3-2.

The Bulldogs will look to right the ship following its sixth consecutive loss as they continue road play against Mid-South leading Lindsey Wilson. Cumberland will also face Indiana-Southeast while at LWC. First serve against Lindsey is scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. versus IU-Southeast.