Volleyball survives in five over Trevecca
Monday, November 10, 2008
LEBANON, Tenn. – Tracy Smallwood recorded 11 kills and Amanda Twomey, Katie Ball and Taylor Denney all posted double-figure digs, as sixth-seeded Cumberland outlasted No. 3 seed Trevecca, 3-2 (25-23, 11-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-3), Monday in the first round of the TranSouth Volleyball Championships in Jackson, Tenn.
 
Cumberland takes on second-seeded and tournament host Union at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the winner’s bracket.
 
Each team totaled at least 180 attacks in a match that lasted more than two hours.
 
Denney collected a double-double with 12 digs and 14 assists along with eight kills, while Ball registered 17 digs and eight kills. Twomey had 28 digs in the contest, 35 percent of the team’s total of 80 in the match.
 
The Bulldogs won the first game, 25-23, winning three of the final four points of the game. Joni Simpson had a pair of kills and Trevecca had an attack error.
 
TNU posted a victory in the second game rather handily, 25-11, but CU responded in the third game, another tight one, 25-21.The Bulldogs scored seven straight points to take a 19-15 advantage thanks to a kill from Denney, then an ace by Smallwood, a kill from Ball and then a kill by Emily Hayes. Ball’s kill was the final point in the game.
 
Trevecca won game four rather handily, 25-15, but Cumberland was in control throughout the fifth game. A pair of kills from Smallwood, another by Hayes and an ace from Samantha Bellar gave the Bulldogs an early 6-2 lead. A kill by Kailen Harris and an ace by Twomey as well as several errors from TNU put Cumberland into the winner’s bracket.