Bulldogs start fast but fall at TNU
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Bulldogs start fast but fall at TNU
Amanda Wiseman led Cumberland with nine kills in CU's 3-1 loss Thursday at Trevecca Nazarene. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Amanda Wiseman posted nine kills and Brooks Bowers recorded 18 digs, as Cumberland won the first set but then struggled thereafter, dropping the final three in a 3-1 loss to Trevecca Nazarene on Thursday night at Moore Gym.

The Bulldogs (8-11, 2-2 TranSouth) fell behind early, 10-2, in the first set with two kills from Kirsten Taylor and another by Halley Wiggins. But CU battled back, scoring nine of the next 12 points, including a pair of blocks by Lauren Carter and Mackenzie Gass along with kills from Wiseman and Rylee Butler.

Another kill from Butler and one by Lauren Carter cut the deficit to 16-14 before Taylor gave the Trojans more cushion with two kills of her own. Cumberland ended the set on a 10-3 spurt, led by two kills from Carter and one from Butler before Wiseman’s kill gave CU a 25-23 victory in the set. The Bulldogs hit .205 in the set with 14 kills and just five errors.

CU jumped ahead 7-2 in the second set behind two more kills from Carter and one each by Gass and Jaclyn Jordan. TNU (9-7, 3-0) answered with a 12-4 run with two kills apiece for Brittany Eller and Kristen Johnson. Eller added five kills in the final six points for the Trojans in a 25-14 triumph.

The third set was tight almost throughout, with Cumberland taking the lead behind two kills from Gass and one each by Wiseman and Karli Collins. Wiseman added two more kills and Jordan and Gass combined for a block and a 13-12 CU advantage.

But Trevecca put together an 8-2 spurt to take control with two kills by Johnson, one from Eller and a block by Wiggins and Jenna Robertson. Eller’s final kill of the set gave TNU a 25-20 win in the third set.

The Trojans kept up the momentum in the fourth set, winning 15 of the first 20 points. Persephonie Devereaux, Wiggins and Johnson each recorded a pair of kills and Taylor and Eller each added one. The Bulldogs scored seven consecutive points in the middle of the set with kills from Wiseman and Butler and blocks from Wiseman and Butler and Butler and Carter.
But TNU outscored Cumberland, 10-4, to end the match with Eller’s kill the final point in a 25-16 fourth set.

Carter, Collins and Gass all collected six kills while Collins added 14 digs and Jaclyn Rodriguez posted 12. Meghan Gass led the Bulldogs with 15 assists and Lacey Gregory registered 14.

Cumberland hosts Martin Methodist at 6 p.m. on Thursday before beginning a six-match road swing Saturday at Lyon College.