Volleydawgs drop second straight match
Monday, September 14, 2009
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Cumberland University made a late rally in the third set of their match against Campbellsville University but it was too little, too late as the Bulldogs dropped their second straight match with a 3-0 loss to the homestanding Tigers.
 
The Volleydawgs (7-2), who had a streak of 18 straight winning sets, have now lost their last six games.
 
Already down 2-0, Cumberland battled through a tough third set, which saw 13 ties – including one at 25-25 – however, the Bulldogs were unable to maintain the momentum they built late in the set. Trailing by six points, the Volleydawgs scored eight of nine points to take a 25-24 lead before the Tigers (11-2) scored the final three points of the match.
 
The Bulldogs managed only six kills in the first game, a 25-9 loss. In the second set, Cumberland built a lead of as much as five points on four occasions, but the Tigers scored the last five points of the game to take a 25-21 win.
 
Jessica Gericke, a junior college transfer from Freeburg, Ill., led the Bulldogs with nine kills, including six in the second set. Junior Taylor Denney of Cookeville, Tenn. had 27 of the team’s 30 assists.
 
Cumberland returns home to the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center for the first time in three weeks as the Bulldogs host the Cumberland Classic this weekend. The eight-team tournament begins Friday at 1 p.m. and will use two courts with eight matches being played each day.
 
CU will play Lindsey Wilson College in the opening time slot and the University of Rio Grande at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs continue play Saturday with two more matches – versus Faulkner University at 11 a.m. and against Mountain State University at 3 p.m.