Volleydawgs fall short in five-set match
MCKENZIE, Tenn. – Twins Kayla and Kaysi Arnold paired up for 29 kills and 12 blocks, but it wasn’t enough as Cumberland University dropped its second straight match, coming up short in a five-set battle with Bethel University.
CU (11-4, 1-2 TranSouth Conference) played tough throughout the match, never letting the homestanding Lady Wildcats (12-1, 5-1) gain a lead of more than five points.
In the five sets, there were a combined 33 ties and 20 lead changes. The lead changed hands seven times in the final set alone as neither team held a lead of more than three points. The Volleydawgs, who lost the final set 15-13, were leading the decisive game 12-9 before Bethel rattled off three straight and six of the last seven points to win the match.
Cumberland dropped the first set 25-20, but bounced back to claim the second set, which was the only uncontested game. The Bulldogs recorded a dozen kills and six blocks in the second set, which they won 25-13. CU finished the match with 16 blocks, more than three times as many as its per-match average.
Both of the next two sets finished at 25-23, with the Lady Wildcats taking the third and Cumberland winning the fourth. In both sets, the Bulldogs had 15 kills as they ended the match with 55.
Kayla Arnold tallied 15 kills to lead CU, while Kaysi Arnold and Samantha Bellar added 14 and 11, respectively. Freshman Courtney Zigman of Aurora, Ohio had eight blocks, including one solo, to pace the Volleydawgs. Kayla Arnold had seven, Laura DeGear of Big Rapids, Mich. had six.
The Bulldogs return home to the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center tomorrow as CU hosts Mid-Continent University in another TranSouth contest. Cumberland defeated the Cougars 3-0 on the road earlier this month.