Volley 'Dawgs stay alive at TSAC tourney
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s volleyball team worked overtime not once but twice Monday at the TranSouth Championships, dropping a 3-1 decision late in the afternoon to host Union before defeating Bethel College, 3-1, in the evening to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.
The Bulldogs face rival Trevecca Tuesday at 9 a.m., the second meeting in two days. The Bulldogs defeated TNU, 3-2, early Monday in a hard-fought match that took more than two hours.
Katie Ball recorded 13 kills and 17 digs, Taylor Denney collected 11 kills and Amanda Twomey registered 21 digs in a 3-1 loss (17-25, 25-20, 18-25, 18-25) to second-seeded Union. Denney added 17 assists and Amy Adcock had 10 for CU as well.
The Bulldogs posted only a .123 hitting percentage in the match. Union scored the first nine points in the first game, but CU cut into the deficit and got as close as 10-7 but never got any closer, as Union won the opening game, 25-17.
A 6-1 run early in the second game gave the Bulldogs a lead they would never relinquish en route to a 25-20 victory. A pair of kills from Denney as well as spikes by Emily Hayes, Joni Simpson and Kailen Harris put Cumberland ahead, 13-8.
Union put together a 7-2 streak at the start of the third game for a 12-7 lead, but three kills and a service ace from Denney evened the match at 14. But Union scored nine of the 11 next points to take the third game, 25-18.
Union scored the first five points of the fourth game and never really looked back to take the fourth game, 25-18, as well.
Cumberland turned right back around for its third match of the day and defeated Bethel, 3-1 (25-11, 25-23, 21-25, 25-13) to stay alive in the tournament. Ball posted 14 kills and 16 digs while Denney added 17 assists and Adcock had 14. Twomey also recorded 28 kills.
CU scored 11 of the first 13 points in the first game thanks to a pair of kills from Hayes and kills by Tracy Smallwood and Denney as well as four attack errors by Bethel. The Bulldogs never looked back en route to a 25-11 victory.
The second game was nip-and-tuck almost from the beginning and was tied as late as 22-all. A kill from Ball gave the Bulldogs the lead and Bethel committed a pair of errors for the final two CU points.
Bethel jumped to an early 10-4 edge in the third game and held a narrow margin for most of the game before winning 25-21.
Ball tallied a pair of kills and Smallwood had one, as CU jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the fourth game. Bethel tied the score at seven but the Bulldogs responded with six straight points with two kills from Simpson and one by Harris for a 13-7 advantage.
CU posted 11 points in 12 rallies later in the game with a kill from Ball and a kill and a service ace by Denney highlighting the run en route to the game’s final score of 25-13.