Bulldogs stay perfect at home
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University continued its dominance on its home court Saturday with wins over Faulkner University and Mountain State University as the Bulldogs improved to 11-2 overall and 8-0 at Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
CU defeated the Eagles 3-1 (25-20, 15-25, 25-22, 25-14) before downing the Cougars 3-0 (25-15, 25-6, 25-15).
The Volleydawgs were particularly dominant in the first two sets of the match against Mountain State, recording attack percentages of .630 and .650, respectively. In the two games, CU totaled 31 kills on 47 attempts with a single error. The second set kill percentage set a season-best for the Bulldogs. The previous high was .588 in a losing effort to Campbellsville University.
CU’s 44 kills were spread between eight different players with Jessica Gericke of Freeburg, Ill. and Greenbrier High School product Kaysi Arnold had eight apiece, while Arnold’s twin sister Kayla, Angelyn Stanton of Nashville, Tenn. and Tracy Smallwood had seven.
Former Macon County High School standout Brooke Bowers was lights out from the service line for the Bulldogs against Mountain State, tallying nine aces. At one point, Bowers recorded six aces on eight serves in the midst of an 11-0 run.
Cookeville High School product Taylor Denney and freshman Courtney Zigman of Aurora, Ohio had 17 and 10 assists, respectively.
Against Faulkner, it was Smallwood who was provided the big boost while serving. The senior from Portland, Tenn. recorded five aces, three of which came in a span of four serves in the final set.
Kayla Arnold finished the match with 11 kills and a .450 percentage on 20 attempts, while Zigman of Aurora, Ohio and each had kill percentages of higher than .600 on eight and five attempts, respectively.
Jordan Pescatore, a transfer from Wallace State Community College recorded 14 digs. Denney ended the opening match with 21 assists, while Zigman had 11.
Cumberland has two road matches next week – at Freed-Hardeman on Tuesday and at Bethel University on Thursday – before returning home Friday to face Mid-Continent at 6 p.m.