HENDERSON, Tenn. – Angelyn Stanton recorded 10 kills in Cumberland University’s final game of the 2010 season as the Bulldogs fell in straight sets (25-11, 25-21, 25-19) to Bethel University in an elimination game of the TranSouth Championships at Freed-Hardeman University’s Sports Center Tuesday night.
Earlier in the day, Cumberland dropped a 3-1 (25-22, 13-25, 21-25, 22-25) decision to top-seeded Union University before rebounding with a 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-8) victory over rival Trevecca Nazarene University and bouncing the Trojans from the tournament.
CU ends the season with a 24-13 record after opening the year with 10 straight wins.
This year marks the fourth straight season the Bulldogs have gone 2-2 in the conference tournament. Bethel also eliminated CU in 2007.
Playing in their third match of the day, the Bulldogs ran out of gas against Bethel as the Wildcats jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first set. During the stretch, Cumberland’s only points came on Stanton’s kills and the Bulldogs committed three hitting errors. BU also tallied three aces during the run.
Cumberland totaled eight attack errors in each set, hitting .040 in the match.
The Bulldogs started strong in the second set, scoring the first three points on a block by Stanton and Taylor Denney and kills by Jessica Gericke and Stanton. Cumberland’s lead was erased with a 6-1 Wildcat run to make the score 11-8.
CU posted the next three points to knot the game at 11 apiece, but Bethel began pulling away eventually taking the four-point win.
Cumberland forced just one tie in the third set – at 5-5 after a 4-0 span – before BU scored five straight, taking the lead for good.
Denney finished with 13 assists to lead the Bulldogs.