CU remains perfect with two sweeps
Saturday, August 28, 2010

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University picked up sweeps of Pikeville College and Faulkner University on Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center to go undefeated in the Volleydawg Classic for the third straight year.


Cumberland (4-0) defeated Pikeville 25-10, 25-13 and 25-18 in the first match before downing Faulkner 26-24, 25-15 and 25-12.


The Volleydawgs overcame their largest deficit of the year in the first set, coming back from 21-16 to earn the two-point win in a back-and-forth set that saw 10 ties and five lead changes. During the 10-3 run to close the set, Jessica Gericke recorded four kills to lead the Bulldog attack. The Freeburg, Ill., native finished the set with a .625 attack percentage with five kills on eight attacks and no errors.


The second set wasn’t as close as the Volleydawgs used 5-1 and 6-0 spurts to turn a one-point advantage into 17-8 lead. The latter run was capped by a Taylor Denney ace that rolled over the net and fell between a trio of Eagles. The second-set victory was completed when Angelyn Stanton recorded the team’s fourth block of the set.


Stanton also tallied final point of the contest with a kill that concluded an error-free third set for the Bulldogs. CU had 14 kills on 23 attacks for a .609 attack percentage. Cumberland totaled 44 kills compared with Faulkner’s 25. Gericke and Kaysi Arnold led the way with nine apiece, while Denney and Meghan Gass had 19 and 12 assists, respectively. Gericke also finished with a dozen digs, followed only by Jaclyn Rodriguez’s 14.


Cumberland 3, Pikeville 0

CU started the morning making quick work of Pikeville, needing just an hour to claim the victory.


After the Bears closed to within a point at 7-6 in the opening set, the Bulldogs scored 18 of the last 22 points, including eight straight at one point with Taylor Denney at the service line.


Kaysi Arnold tallied four kills and Laura DeGear posted three in the second set as the Bulldogs found little trouble against the Bears. After Pikeville cut the deficit to three points at 6-3, CU scored five straight points and never trailed again in the set by more than six.


Cumberland jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the final set, but the visitors clawed back and eventually took the lead at 10-9. The one-point deficit marked latest in a set that the Bulldogs have trailed to that point in the season. CU had never trailed later than 2-1, which happened in four different sets on Friday. The Bulldogs didn’t stay behind long though, regaining the momentum with a 10-3 run that forced a timeout by Pikeville. Cumberland won the first point after the break and then coasted to the win.


Arnold, who was named the Music City Star of the Game, finished with nine kills, while Mackenzie Gass had six. Denney led the way with 17 assists and Meghan Gass finished with 11. Jaclyn Rodriguez tallied 11 digs for Cumberland.


The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday, traveling to Mayfield, Ky., where they will open TranSouth Conference play against Mid-Continent University. CU’s next home contest will be September 16 when the Cougars make the return trip.