Bulldogs open TranSouth play with 3-0 win
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University continued its strong start to the 2009 season with a 3-0 win over homestanding Mid-Continent University in the TranSouth Conference opener for the Bulldogs.
The three-set victory (25-13, 25-19, 25-19) marked the fifth time in six matches that the Bulldogs (6-0, 1-0) have not dropped a game. Mid-Continent, which did not win a match in 2008, fell to 0-2 with both losses coming in conference play.
“It was really good for these girls to go on the road and pick up their first conference win,” CU coach Dwayne Deering said. “Mid-Continent is much improved. They’ve got a feisty, scrappy team and they’re well coached. I was really pleased with our team.”
CU was led by Jordan Pescatore, who recorded an ace on six of her 22 serves. The redshirt senior from Birmingham, Ala. served the team to eight straight points during the second game. The 8-0 run brought the Volleydawgs out of a four-point hole and was the beginning of an 11-2 span to close out the set.
Kaysi Arnold of Greenbrier, Tenn. posted kills on seven of her 16 attacks, committing no errors. Arnold’s twin sister Kayla, Cookeville High School product Taylor Denney and Tracy Smallwood of Portland, Tenn. each had five kills.
As a team, Cumberland had 13 kills on 30 attempts and only one error during the second match, resulting in a .400 attack percentage. CU held the Cougars to a negative percentage in the first game and .065 in the final set.
Pescatore added a match-high 19 digs, while Denney had 13 assists.
Cumberland steps out of conference play next Tuesday night when the Bulldogs travel to Tennessee Temple.