LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland won the first set but dropped the final three by identical 25-23 scores, falling 3-1 to Covenant College on Tuesday night in Lookout Mountain, Ga.
Karli Collins led the Bulldogs (9-13) with 11 assists and 26 digs, her fourth double-double of the season and second in as many matches. Brooke Bowers added 25 digs for CU while Lauren Carter and Mackenzie Gass each recorded eight kills.
The Bulldogs used an 11-3 run midway through the first set to take control, with Covenant making six attack errors during the stretch. Rylee Butler, Cali Crosslin, Collins and Gass all chipped in with kills, giving CU an 18-10 advantage en route to a 25-17 victory.
CU jumped out 5-1 and 8-2 in the second set behind kills from Carter and Gass, but the Lady Scots chipped away and eventually tied the set at 17. Carter added three more kills later in the set, but four blocks by the home team as well as two kills apiece from Emily Stewart and Erica Adams helped them tie the match.
Jessica Chittenden’s kill gave CC a 22-21 advantage they would never relinquish and blocks by Adams and Stewart and Adams and Chittenden set up Stewart’s final kill in a 25-23 Lady Scots triumph.
The third set followed much the same script, with Cumberland taking an early lead. Collins posted two kills and Carter had one, as CU went ahead 7-4. Kills from Adams, Chittenden and Jessie Jakes and a block by Chittenden and Kait Glass preceded a pair of kills by Stewart for a 14-10 CC advantage.
Carter and Collins each registered kills, helping the Bulldogs tie the set at 15. The teams went back-and-forth until the Lady Scots put together four straight points for a 24-20 edge with kills from Jakes and Glass and a block from Glass and Chittenden. CU scored three straight but Carter’s attack error gave CC a 2-1 edge in sets and another 25-23 victory.
Cumberland started fast again in the fourth set, with Collins, Butler, Carter and Gass each recording kills for an 8-1 CU advantage. But again the Lady Scots chipped away, starting with a kill from Stewart and a block by Adams. Kills by Jaclyn Jordan and Gass gave the Bulldogs a 13-5 lead, but a 6-1 spurt led by kills from Glass, Jakes, Chittenden and Stewart cut into the deficit.
CU led 17-11 before an 8-1 run gave the Lady Scots the lead. Two kills from Adams and Stewart and one by Estes Carlson pushed Covenant ahead, but Gass’ kill tied the match at 20. An attack error by the home team gave Cumberland a slight edge, but three straight errors by the Bulldogs pushed CC to the brink of victory. Glass blocked the final point for Covenant.
Meghan Gass led Cumberland with 19 assists and Lacey Gregory posted 17. Meghan Gass also recorded 11 digs.
Cumberland heads to Lindsey Wilson for a 6 p.m. Wednesday in the third of a six-match road swing.