Bulldogs eliminate Martin Methodist
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cumberland University enjoyed its best hitting game so far in the TranSouth Championships as the Bulldogs hit .355 and eliminated Martin Methodist College in straight sets Tuesday night at Trevecca Nazarene University.
The Bulldogs finished with 46 kills in the match, with twins Kaysi and Kayla Arnold of Greenbrier, Tenn., leading the way 14 and 10, respectively. Between the two, the sisters hit an impressive average of .512 in the match.
The first set was tied 10 times, the latest coming at 21-21 before CU closed out the set with four of the last five points. Kaysi Arnold led the way with a third of the team’s 18 kills in the set, during which the Volleydawgs hit .417.
After Martin Methodist scored five straight points to take a 7-6 lead in the second set, Cumberland ripped off 11 of the next 12 points to open up an eight-point advantage that wouldn’t get any smaller than six points. The run was fueled by three service aces by Brooke Bowers, who later closed out the 25-19 win with her fourth ace of the match.
Closing out the contest didn’t come as easy with the third set as CU let a late four-point lead slip away and trailed 22-21 before storming back to win 25-21. The Bulldogs recorded four blocks in the decisive set.
With the win in the elimination game, Cumberland stays alive for its third match of the day, which will begin at 9:30 p.m. against Union. The Volleydawgs defeated Union in the opening matchup of the tournament.