CU falls at Freed-Hardeman, 3-0
HENDERSON, Tenn. – Cumberland University dropped its first conference match of the season with a 3-0 loss to two-time defending TranSouth champion Freed-Hardeman University.
The Bulldogs (11-3, 1-1) managed only 23 kills, which is nearly half of their per-match average, and had a .206 attack percentage for the match, .054 points below their average.
In the first set, the Lady Lions (5-7, 2-1) built a lead of six points before CU cut the deficit to two at 10-8, but Freed-Hardeman went on a 6-1 run to extend the gap to seven points. From there Cumberland wouldn’t get any closer than five as the Bulldogs fell 25-14. Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier, Tenn. had three kills in the set, but the team leader in kills, with an average of more than 10 per game, finished with only four.
The Volleydawgs held their only lead of the match early in the second set. CU went up three points – at 6-3 – on an ace by Taylor Denney. Following the service ace by the Cookeville High School product, FHU scored 15 of the next 17 points en route to the 25-17 win.
Freed-Hardeman, the preseason pick to win the TranSouth Conference, took the third set 25-16. Kayla Arnold, a former standout at Greenbrier High School, tallied four of the team’s eight kills in the final set.
Kayla Arnold and Samantha Bellar, also of Greenbrier, Tenn., finished with five kills apiece to lead the Bulldogs, while Courtney Zigman had 11 assists. Jordan Pescatore of Birmingham, Ala. had nine digs.
Cumberland will travel to Bethel University Thursday as the Volleydawgs continue TranSouth Conference play. CU will return home to the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center Friday night, hosting Mid-Continent.