LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University’s volleyball team bounced back from a pair of losses on Friday with a 3-1 win over St. Catharine College before suffering a 3-0 loss Saturday in its second match of the day to Milligan College on the second day of the Rumpke Invitational at Georgetown College.
The Bulldogs (11-3) picked up 25-11 and 25-10 wins in the first two sets before St. Catharine claimed a 27-25 victory in the third set and CU took the final set 25-16 to end the match.
After hitting .102 and .140 in matches against Union College and Embry-Riddle, respectively, on Friday, CU finished the St. Catharine match with an attack percentage of .370, committing just eight errors and tallying 45 kills.
Kaysi Arnold paced the Bulldogs with 11 kills and had one error to hit .357. The sophomore from Greenbrier, Tenn., reached double-digits in the kill column for the fourth time this season.
Jessica Gericke and Mackenzie Gass each finished with seven kills. Gericke added 20 digs to lead the Bulldogs in that category, while Jaclyn Rodriguez had 16.
Taylor Denney recorded 25 assists and Meghan Gass tallied 15.
CU totaled 12 blocks with Angelyn Stanton finishing with two solo blocks and six block assists.
Cumberland claimed a 3-2 victory over Milligan in last weekend’s Scott Jones Classic at Trevecca Nazarene University, but the Buffaloes got their revenge, knocking off CU in straight sets – 25-19, 25-21 and 25-10.
The Bulldogs managed only a .137 attack percentage against Milligan, including .000 and negative .031 in the first and third sets, respectively.
Gericke had eight kills to lead Cumberland, while Denney finished with 18 assists and Rodriguez collected 14 digs.
The Volleydawgs return home to take on TranSouth Conference foe Mid-Continent University next Thursday. CU downed the Cougars, 3-0, earlier this month.