Bulldogs split on first day of CU Classic
Friday, September 9, 2011
Bulldogs split on first day of CU Classic
Amanda Wiseman posted 11 kills in CU's 3-1 victory over Mid-Continent on Friday in the Cumberland Classic. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Karli Collins, Mackenzie Gass and Amanda Wiseman all collected double-figure kills in a victory over Mid-Continent but the Bulldogs dropped their second match of the day against Lindsey Wilson on Friday during the Cumberland Classic at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (6-7) won a hard-fought match, 3-1, in the opener against the Cougars and turned right around to face LWC, dropping a 3-0 decision.

The Bulldogs dropped the first set against MCU, 25-20, after the Cougars jumped out early and never relinquished the lead. CU tied the match on three occasions at eight, 12 and 13 with service aces from Jenna Pavan and Jaclyn Rodriguez.
Mid-Continent pulled away late in the set thanks to a pair of kills from Kristen Selph and a block by Christina Sindelar and Arielle Dayberry.

The Bulldogs rebounded in the second set behind six kills from Gass. CU took an early 9-4 advantage with three kills from Gass and one each by Collins, Rylee Butler and Brooke Bowers. The Cougars cut the deficit to 12-11 after two kills from Katie Perry, but Gass answered with a pair of kills.

MCU got within 17-16 but Bowers served an ace followed by a kill from Gass and the Bulldogs evened the match on a kill from Butler, 25-21.

It was all Cumberland in the third set, with the Bulldogs scoring 18 of the first 21 points. Two kills from Gass, one each from Collins and Jaclyn Jordan and two aces by Bowers gave CU a 6-2 lead. Meghan Gass added two more aces later in the set and kills from Wiseman and Butler finished off a 25-8 victory.

The tide went the opposite direction in the fourth set, with the Cougars starting fast and building 9-1 and 10-2 advantages. Collins started the comeback with a kill and a pair of aces, as CU put together a 10-3 spurt that included blocks from Wiseman and Butler and Butler and Jordan as well as an ace from Lacey Gregory.

The Bulldogs tied the match at 15 and took a one-point lead thereafter following two kills from Collins and a block by Collins and Mackenzie Gass. The rest of the set went back-and-forth, with Lauren Carter adding a kill as well as Wiseman before Collins’ final kill sealed a 25-23 victory.

Gregory and Meghan Gass finished the match with 15 assists each and Rodriguez and Bowers both recorded 11 digs. Collins finished with 12 kills and nine digs, while Mackenzie Gass netted 11 kills and Wiseman added 10.

Cumberland had just 30 minutes to rest and regroup before facing the still undefeated Blue Raiders. LWC took an early lead in the first set and never let up, with Audra McNabney posting six kills and Sierra Wilkerson adding four en route to a 25-13 win.

The second set was much closer, with Mackenzie Gass collecting four kills and Butler netting three. Lindsey Wilson jumped out early again, taking a 10-4 advantage behind two kills from Emily Meeks and one each by Haley Barnes and Alyssa Cuthbert.

Cumberland battled back with kills from Butler, Jordan, Collins and two by Mackenzie Gass. Consecutive blocks by Mackenzie Gass and Carter and a kill from Mackenzie Gass knotted the set at 15. The Bulldogs took a brief 18-16 lead after another kill from Butler, but LWC scored seven of the next nine points, taking the set, 25-21. Ashlie Haworth contributed three kills down the stretch for the Blue Raiders, including the final point.

The third set went much like the first, with LWC continually adding to the lead en route to a 25-15 victory. Sierra Wilkerson posted five kills and McNabney adding three for the Blue Raiders, who made only two errors in the set.

Collins tallied a team-high seven kills against the Blue Raiders and Butler and Mackenzie Gass both registered six. Gregory posted 11 assists and Meghan Gass had 10, while Bowers led the squad with 10 digs and Gregory added nine.

Cumberland plays three matches on Saturday to finish the tournament, taking on Kentucky Christian at 9 a.m., Campbellsville University at 3 p.m. and Fisk University at 5 p.m.