CU finishes Cumberland Classic with victory
Sunday, September 11, 2011
CU finishes Cumberland Classic with victory
Lauren Carter posted six kills in each of CU's final two matches Saturday in the Cumberland Classic. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland dropped a three-set decision to Campbellsville University but then swept Fisk University in three sets Saturday on the final day of competition of the Cumberland Classic at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. The Bulldogs ended the tournament 2-3 overall.

In the first match Campbellville jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the first set behind two kills apiece from Shannon Cahill and Genevieve Collette. The Tigers expanded the lead to six after another kill from Collette but the Bulldogs closed the gap late in the set behind three kills from Rylee Butler. Cahill answered with three kills in the last four points, as the Tigers took the set, 25-22.

Collette started quickly again in the second set for the visitors, posting three kills in the first seven points. The Bulldogs (7-9) kept the score close behind two kills each from Karli Collins, Lauren Carter and Amanda Wiseman and squared the set at 13 after a kill by Jaclyn Jordan.

The set went back-and-forth from there until Campbellsville scored six of the final eight points with service aces from Kelly Moyer and Lillian DaSilva and a pair of attack errors for the Bulldogs for a 25-21 Tigers victory.

Campbellsville raced out to a 12-5 advantage in the third set thanks to eight attack errors by the Bulldogs. The Tigers expanded the lead to 17-9 behind three kills from Cahill and went on to a 25-15 win.

Mackenzie Gass and Carter each posted six kills for Cumberland while Brooke Bowers collected 14 digs and Collins added 11. Meghan Gass led the Bulldogs with 18 assists.

In Saturday’s final match for CU, the Bulldogs took advantage of six Fisk attack errors to take a 10-4 lead in the first set. Kills from Carter and Butler and two by Wiseman gave Cumberland 15-5 edge en route to a 25-9 set victory.

A kill and two service aces from Collins got the Bulldogs going in the second set and two kills from Carter and one by Butler put CU ahead, 14-5. Kills from Bowers, Kristen Oxley and Carter closed out the 25-14 set for Cumberland.

Fisk took an early lead in the third set behind kills from Hannah Davis and Jazmine Green and a service ace by Green, but Cumberland answered with a 12-3 spurt with kills from Collins starting and ending the run. Carter added two kills and Cali Crosslin had three during the stretch for a 15-9 CU advantage.

Another kill from Crosslin closed out the match for the Bulldogs, 25-17, in the final set.

Collins led the Bulldogs with eight kills and Carter added six, as the Bulldogs hit .296 for the match. Meghan Gass posted 18 kills and Jaclyn Rodriguez recorded 10 digs.

Cumberland hosts Fisk University again this Wednesday at 6 p.m. before heading to Bethel University for a TranSouth Conference match Thursday at 6 p.m.