Cumberland cruises past Tennessee Temple, 3-0
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Cumberland University cruised to its fifth straight 3-0 victory Tuesday against Tennessee Temple as the Bulldogs extended their season-opening winning streak to seven games.
 
In the first set, the Volleydawgs scored 17 of the first 20 points, including the 10 straight with Taylor Denney serving. The junior from Cookeville, Tenn. had three aces during the stretch. She also added half of her 24 assists in the game, which CU won 25-8.
 
The Bulldogs lost the opening point of the second game before reeling of five straight points. That was the only time during the entire match that Cumberland was playing from behind. The second set was a 25-10 win in favor of the Bulldogs.
 
The first 13 points of the final set were scored by Cumberland, with Jordan Pescatore, a redshirt senior from Birmingham, Ala., serving up six aces during the run. Macon County High School product Emily Sullivan also had an ace in the game, which was another 25-8 win for CU. Sullivan had six kills in the match.
 
Freshman Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier, Tenn. had seven kills in the match, while her twin sister Kayla, former Greenbrier High School standout Samantha Bellar and Jessica Gericke, a transfer from John A. Logan Community College, each had five. Courtney Zigman, a freshman from Aurora, Ohio, chipped in 13 assists in the match.
 
Cumberland returns to action Thursday when the Volleydawgs travel to the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. at 6 p.m.