Bulldogs triumph in TranSouth Championships opener
Monday, November 8, 2010
Bulldogs triumph in TranSouth Championships opener
Angelyn Stanton tallied 15 kills and 12 blocks against Martin Methodist Monday.

HENDERSON, Tenn.Angelyn Stanton recorded a double-double with 15 kills and a career-high 12 blocks and helped Cumberland University rally from at least four points down in two different sets as the fourth-seeded Bulldogs dropped Martin Methodist College, 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 25-20), Monday morning in the opening round of the TranSouth Championships at Freed-Hardeman University’s Sports Center.


Improving to 23-11 on the year, the 2010 Bulldog team has now won more games than any CU squad since the 1997 unit went 31-5.


Cumberland held onto a one-point advantage early in the first set at 4-3 before back-to-back attack errors gave Martin Methodist the lead. After CU knotted the game at five apiece, the RedHawks scored four of the next five points.


After the Bulldogs cut the deficit to one, MMC put up four straight points to build its largest advantage of the set. Cumberland coach Dwayne Deering effectively used a timeout to end the momentum as the Bulldogs came out of the break with three consecutive points and kept the set close until regaining the lead at 20-19. CU scored the final four points of the set to go up 1-0.


The second set was controlled by Martin Methodist as the RedHawks gave up the first point of the set, but Cumberland’s lead was short-lived as MMC eventually built advantages of 7-2, 11-4 and 14-6 in cruising to the victory. CU made an attempt at another comeback, but could only get as close as two points at 20-18 before the RedHawks scored five in a row to even the match at a game apiece.


An evenly matched third set saw nine ties and four lead changes as neither team could separate themselves from the other. Martin Methodist took its largest lead of the set at 15-11 before Cumberland started chipping away, taking the lead with a 10-5 run that included back-to-back points three times and three straight points to end it.

During that stretch, five different Bulldogs recorded kills, Jessica Gericke added an ace and Laura DeGear and Samantha Bellar teamed up for a block.


Cumberland carried the momentum into the final set, jumping out to a 7-3 lead and not letting the RedHawks get any closer than three points. A four-point streak stretched Cumberland’s lead to eight points at 15-7 and CU took its largest lead of the set when Bellar recorded a kill off of Meghan Gass’ assist to make it 18-9.


After MMC cut the Bulldog lead to four points at 21-17, the two teams went point-for-point down the stretch as a RedHawk attack error ended the match and gave Cumberland the victory in the opening round of the conference tournament for the fourth straight year.


Cumberland will continue play Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., when the Bulldogs face top-seeded Union University, which beat Mid-Continent in straight sets. UU swept Cumberland in the regular season.