Bulldogs outlast MCU in TSAC opener
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Bulldogs outlast MCU in TSAC opener
Brooke Bowers collected 23 digs in CU's 3-2 victory Tuesday at Mid-Continent. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Karli Collins posted a double-double with 11 kills and 20 digs while Mackenzie Gass added 10 kills, as Cumberland overcame a two-set deficit, rallying to defeat Mid-Continent, 3-2, in volleyball action Tuesday night in Mayfield, Ky.

The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0 TranSouth) dropped the first two sets to the Cougars (0-4, 0-1), with MCU combining for 27 kills but only a .189 attack percentage. Christiana Sindelar led three MCU players in double figures with 19 kills and Lindsey Davis posted 52 assists for the home team.

Mid-Continent won the first set, 25-19, and pulled out the second set, 25-23, but the Bulldogs bounced back in the third set, squeezing out a 25-22 victory. CU came alive in the fourth set, hitting .303 with 13 kills to even the match at two sets apiece.

In the fifth set Cumberland started fast, taking advantage of three attack errors from Sindelar and a kill by Collins for a 5-1 lead. A pair of kills from Katie Perry and one by Jenavera Gibson brought the Cougars within 9-8 and kills from Sindelar and Andria Miller gave MCU a 13-11 advantage.

A kill from CU’s Jaclyn Jordan and three attack errors by the Cougars gave the Bulldogs the victory, 15-13, in the final set.

Meghan Gass posted 23 assists and Lacey Gregory added 13 for Cumberland, while Lauren Carter added nine kills. Brooke Bowers collected 23 digs and Jaclyn Rodriguez recorded a dozen.

Cumberland hosts Kentucky Christian on Thursday at 6 p.m. before playing in the Scott Jones Classic this weekend at Trevecca Nazarene. The Bulldogs will take on Kentucky Christian, Mid-Continent, Lindsey Wilson and the host Trojans.