November 12, 20151st2nd3rdFinal
Cumberland Univ.2623130
St. Catharine Coll.2825253
CUTeam StatsSCC
.104Hitting Pct..240
135Total Attacks121
Lerno - 14
KillsJust - 17
Glassman - 28
AssistsStrickland - 31
Lerno - 2
AcesJust - 2
Snell - 19
DigsJust - 17
Worrell - 2
BlocksStone - 5
CU unable to hold late leads, falls 3-0
Thursday, November 12, 2015
CU unable to hold late leads, falls 3-0
Michelle Evans hits over the block of St. Catharine in CU's 3-0 loss Thursday to the Patriots in the Mid-South Conference Championships. (Credit Richard Robards)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Maci Lerno registered 14 kills and 11 digs and Kara Snell added 19 digs, but Cumberland was unable to hang on to late leads in the first two sets and dropped a 3-0 decision to St. Catharine College in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships here Thursday at South Warren High School.

Cumberland’s season ends at 15-17 under first-year coach Kathy Slaughter. CU graduates just one player from the squad for next season.

The opening set went back-and-forth, with neither squad holding more than a three-point lead. Cumberland held a 10-7 and 17-14 advantage and led 21-19 and 22-20 late in the set thanks to kills from Lerno and Amanda Worrell.

Mikaela Beck’s kill and two errors by Cumberland gave the Patriots a 23-22 edge. Lerno posted two straight kills but Rebecca Just, who led SCC with 17 kills and 17 digs, answered with a kill of her own. Just and Cat Hall collected back-to-back spikes to give SCC the first set, 28-26.

St. Catharine jumped out to a 6-2 advantage in the second set behind two aces by Just as well as kills from Jessie Stone and Hall. Cumberland (15-17) battled back with an 11-4 run highlighted by three kills by Lerno and one apiece from Michelle Evans, Worrell and Ashley Sherrick.

CU continued to lead late in the set once again, this time at 18-16 and 22-20, but the Patriots were able to make enough plays to pull out the set. A block by Stone and Jordan Strickland tied the set at 18 and Just put SCC ahead, 20-18, but the Bulldogs answered back, with a block by Worrell and Sara Glassman giving CU a 21-20 edge.

Lerno’s kill made it a two-point lead for Cumberland, but two errors for CU knotted the score again and the final kill by Just put the Patriots ahead 2-0 in the match, 25-23 in the set.

Two kills by Stone, one from Just and an ace by Emmalee Fleener was part of a 7-1 spurt by the Patriots for a 14-8 lead in the third set. St. Catharine never looked back, with Just registering two more kills and Hall adding another in the 25-13 win.

Brittany Wiseman finished with 11 kills for Cumberland and Evans collected seven kills while Worrell and Sherrick had six each.