Poor hitting leads to Volleydawg loss
Thursday, October 1, 2009
PULASKI, Tenn. – Cumberland University had a season-low .104 attack percentage as the Bulldogs lost their fifth straight road match with a 3-0 loss to TranSouth Conference foe Martin Methodist.
 
The Volleydawgs (12-6, 2-4), who entered the contest with a .249 kill percentage on the year, managed only 24 kills in the match, with all five of the second set’s erased with five errors.
 
CU held its last lead of the first game at 11-10 before Martin Methodist (10-6, 3-5) ripped off six straight points until the RedHawks hit a serve into the net to end their rally. Jessica Gericke of Freeburg, Ill., and Greenbrier High School product Kaysi Arnold each had three kills and Laura DeGear of Big Rapids, Mich., contributed a pair of blocks in the 25-23 first-set loss.
 
The second set stayed close throughout with a dozen ties with the home team eventually taking a 25-21 win. Gericke again had three kills in the game, while Arnold added a solo block.
 
Leading 3-2 in the final game, the RedHawks scored 10 of the next 11 points and cruised to the 25-15 victory.
 
Gericke finished the match with a team-leading nine kills, while Brooke Bowers of Lafayette, Tenn., had 22 assists.
 
The Bulldogs travel to Lyon College Sunday and have one more road match before returning home Oct. 13 against rival Trevecca Nazarene University.