Volleydawgs’ season ends with 3-1 loss
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Cumberland University Bulldogs’ season came to an end Tuesday night at Trevecca Nazarene University with a 3-1 loss to Union University in the TranSouth Championships.
CU, which finishes the year with a 19-14 mark, suffered two losses on Tuesday – also falling to top-seeded Freed-Hardeman University before beating Martin Methodist College – and the No. 5 Bulldogs ended the tournament in fourth place.
The Bulldogs found themselves playing from behind in their last match of the day as Union picked up a 25-14 victory in the first set. CU recorded one more kill (10) than its opponent, but committed nine hitting errors and finished the set with a .037 attack percentage. Union used a 7-1 stretch early in the set to build a five-point lead and closed the opening set on an 11-2 run.
After Union opened a five-point lead at 15-10, Cumberland scored seven of the next eight points to take the advantage. The Volleydawgs were unable to hold onto the lead as UU quickly regained the momentum and the 25-21 win. Cumberland, which hit .086, committed eight errors in the set.
With their backs against the wall, the Bulldogs fought off elimination with a 25-17 win in the third set. CU trailed by as many as six points – at 11-5 – before scoring 12 of the next 14 points to put the Bulldogs back in control of the set. Arnold added five more kills in the set as Cumberland improved its hitting percentage to .333 in the set.
CU couldn’t complete the comeback as Union claimed a 25-16 decision in the fourth set. The Bulldogs gave up stretches of at least four straight points on four occasions in the decisive set.
Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier, Tenn., recorded a match-high 18 kills, while Jessica Gericke, a transfer from John A. Logan Community College, had 11. Former Portland High School standout Tracy Smallwood collected a career-high 22 digs in the match and Jordan Pescatore of Birmingham, Ala., who was named to the All-Tournament team, tallied 13.