Bulldogs continue to struggle on road with 3-1 loss
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Freshman Kaysi Arnold recorded 13 kills and had a pair of blocks Tuesday night against Trevecca Nazarene University, but Cumberland University’s road woes continued as the Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to their rival.
CU (12-5, 2-3 TranSouth Conference) has now lost four straight road matches and eight of the last nine to the Trojans (12-6, 3-1).
The first set went back-and-forth as the two teams shared and swapped the lead 15 and five times, respectively. Trevecca built the largest lead of the game at 22-18 before a 6-1 run by the Bulldogs gave the visitors a one-point lead. With Cumberland leading 24-23, the two teams went point-for-point until TNU won two straight to win the set 27-25.
Cumberland led the second set by as many as five points, but could not hold onto the lead as Trevecca stormed back to take the 25-22 win. The Bulldogs ran away with the third set with Portland High School product Tracy Smallwood leading the way. The senior tallied four of her eight kills in the game, which Cumberland won 25-17.
The momentum from the third set carried over into the fourth with the Volleydawgs winning the first five points. After turning around and giving up four straight to Trevecca, CU buckled down and maintained the lead until the Trojans went ahead at 16-15. The Bulldogs battled back to tie the decisive set at 20-20, but five straight points by the home team ended the match.
After a series that started out in favor of the Bulldogs, Trevecca has now won 20 of the last 25 meetings and leads the all-time series 29-25.
Taylor Denney finished the match with 33 assists to lead the Bulldogs.
Cumberland continues its four-match road swing Thursday at Martin Methodist. The Volleydawgs will next be at home Tuesday, Oct. 13 versus Trevecca and will play eight of their last nine matches in the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center on the CU campus.