Bulldogs drop 3-0 decision at FHU
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Bulldogs drop 3-0 decision at FHU
Mackenzie Gass recorded five kills at Freed-Hardeman on Monday. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Freed-Hardeman scored seven of the final eight points in the first set and never looked back, defeating Cumberland 3-0 in volleyball action Monday night in Henderson, Tenn.

The Bulldogs (9-15, 3-4 TranSouth) lost their third straight match overall, committing as many errors (21) as kills. Karli Collins, Amanda Wiseman and Mackenzie Gass each recorded five kills to lead CU and Brooke Bowers posted 15 digs and Collins added 13. Meghan Gass led Cumberland with 15 assists.

The teams went back-and-forth in the first set, with no team leading by more than three points and 12 ties. Lauren Carter’s kill and an attack error by Freed-Hardeman’s Nataly Gutierrez tied the match at 18, but a service error by CU’s Lacey Gregory and Gutierrez and Sydney Rice’s block started a 7-1 run for the Lions (8-3, 4-2) and a 25-19 victory in the set.

FHU jumped out to a 9-2 advantage in the second set with three kills from Sandra Montoya. The Bulldogs never pulled closer than five points and another 7-1 spurt pushed the Lions to a 25-14 win.

The third set was much the same, with FHU going ahead 8-2 and 14-3, with two kills apiece by Montoya, Rice and Rachelle Prince. Prince’s final kill gave the Lions a 25-9 victory in the set.

Cumberland plays at Martin Methodist on Thursday at 7 p.m. and at Union University on October 11 at 6 p.m. before returning home to face rival Trevecca Nazarene on October 13.