Bulldogs sweep Martin Methodist
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University snapped a two-game losing streak and climbed up in the TranSouth Conference volleyball standings with a 3-0 win over Martin Methodist Wednesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (16-11, 5-7) moved up to fifth in the conference standings with the sweep of the RedHawks (13-12, 4-9) and avenged a 3-0 loss to Martin Methodist earlier in the month.
Led by five kills from Laura DeGear, the Bulldogs eased through the first set with a 25-18 win. The freshman from Big Rapids, Mich., collected her kills on five attempts for a perfect attack percentage. After Martin Methodist tied the game at 7-7, Cumberland used a 10-4 run to build a comfortable lead, which never got below four points in the set.
Despite hitting .083 as a team in the second set, the Bulldogs breezed through the second set as well, taking a 25-17 win. After allowing the RedHawks to score three points on set point in the first game, CU was again plagued by an inability to finish quickly as Martin Methodist scored twice on set point in the second. The set ended on a serve into the net by the RedHawks’ Ann-Kathrin Kuehhorn. The service error was one of seven on the night for the visitors.
The third set saw a much tighter battle as Cumberland closed out the match with an exciting 31-29 win. Martin Methodist forced 10 ties, seven of which came at 23-23 or later. Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier, Tenn., had five kills in the set and finished the match with 11.
DeGear finished with nine kills, hitting .438 for the match. Courtney Zigman of Aurora, Ohio had 13 assists, while Cookeville High School product Taylor Denney contributed 11. Jordan Pescatore, a junior college transfer from Wallace State Community College, recorded a match-high 13 digs.
The Bulldogs host Lyon College Friday night before closing out the regular season next Tuesday when they entertain Union University. Three seniors will be recognized before the home finale against Union.