Cumberland falls on the road
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Cumberland falls on the road

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The Cumberland University volleyball team lost its first true road match of the season as the Bulldogs fell to Campbellsville University in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) Thursday at the Powell Athletic Center.


The Bulldogs (18-6) hit .079 in the match, including .063 and .000 in the final two sets, respectively. The mark tied a season-low for Cumberland, which started a four-game road swing against the Tigers (14-3).


Campbellsville gained the early advantage, controlling most of the first set. The period started off with the teams splitting the first 12 points before Campbellsville scored three straight points. A kill from Mackenzie Gass off an assist from her sister, Meghan, started a four-point swing by the Bulldogs that ended with Kaysi Arnold and Angelyn Stanton teaming up on back-to-back blocks.


The home team scored three more points to regain the lead for good, which it would eventually stretch to five points at 24-19 before another block by Arnold and Stanton staved off set point temporarily, but Brooke Bowers’ serve into the net finished the set with Campbellsville taking the lead in the match.


The second set was streaky on both sides of the court with the two teams combining for at least three consecutive points on six occasions. Campbellsville had two 4-0 runs, while Cumberland had one. The Bulldogs’ four-point streak tied the game at 6-6 before each team scored three apiece to make it a 9-9 contest.


After the Tigers opened up a five-point advantage, Cumberland started to claw its way back, getting within a point at 19-18. However, the Bulldogs were never able to take the lead in the set as Campbellsville took the three-point victory in the set.


The Bulldogs held only one lead in the final set, coming at 12-11 a run of three straight points that included a block by Lauren Carter and Stanton. The pair teamed up for another block that tied the game at 14-14, but Campbellsville scored four of the next five points and 11 of the final 15 to end the match.


Cumberland resumes TranSouth Conference play when the Bulldogs travel to Freed-Hardeman next Tuesday.