Volleydawgs pound Tennessee Temple
Thursday, October 22, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University had its best hitting night of the season as the Bulldogs made quick work of Tennessee Temple Thursday night in a 3-0 win that lasted less than 40 minutes.
 
The Bulldogs (15-9) committed a season-low five errors and had a kill percentage of .603, topping their previous best by 116 points. Cumberland finished with 16 kills each in the first and third sets and 14 in the second set. The Volleydawgs’ sweep (25-7, 25-5, 25-10) marked the fewest points that an opponent has scored against CU to this point in the season.
 
CU got off to a quick start, winning seven of the first eight points including a trio of service aces – one by Tracy Smallwood of Portland, Tenn., and two by Cookeville High School product Taylor Denney. Denney finished the match with five aces to lead Cumberland, which reached double digits in aces for the eighth time this season.
 
The second set began as a much tighter game with the Crusaders forcing two ties before CU ripped off 23 of the next 26 points to win the set 25-5, which was the most lopsided win for the Bulldogs this season. Smallwood added another ace during an 11-0 run by the Cumberland and finished with three.
 
Cumberland scored six straight points to open the final set and continued to build upon the lead throughout the set, eventually getting to match point at 24-8 before Tennessee Temple (6-11) won back-to-back points for the first time in the match. A kill by Laura DeGear closed out the win for the Bulldogs. The Big Rapids, Mich., native had a match-high eight kills and finished with an attack percentage of .583.
 
Tennessee Temple committed 15 kills and only had six kills to finish with a negative hitting percentage for the night, including a negative .400 in the second set.
 
Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier, Tenn., and former Donelson Christian Academy standout Angelyn Stanton each had seven kills. Stanton finished the match with a .778 kill percentage. Courtney Zigman of Aurora, Ohio recorded 21 assists.
 
Cumberland entertains Campbellsville University Friday in its final non-conference showdown of the year before closing out the regular season with four straight home games against TranSouth opponents.