LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Amanda Wiseman led the Bulldogs with seven kills and junior Brooke Bowers collected a match-high 21 digs, but Cumberland started very slowly and never really recovered, dropping a 3-0 decision to Union University in volleyball action Tuesday night in Jackson, Tenn.
Meghan Gass led the Bulldogs (9-17, 3-6 TranSouth) with 20 assists and Gass and Cali Crosslin each posted five kills. Union (9-13, 5-3) hit .309 overall in the match, committing only 10 total errors against 39 kills. UU also recorded eight total blocks.
Union jumped ahead 9-2 in the opening set behind two service aces from Lydia Wright and a pair of blocks by Anna Sims. The Bulldogs had just three kills and eight errors in a 25-13 Union win for an early lead.
Wright started the second set with two more service aces but CU played a little better in the early going, tying the match at four and trailing just 11-6 after a kill by Mackenzie Gass. The Bulldogs did not pull closer than that the rest of the set and a kill from Sims gave Union a 25-15 triumph.
In the final set Cumberland took an early lead and stayed even with the home team until a 7-2 run by Union led to a 15-11 advantage. Cassidy O’Hair posted two kills and Sims, Wright and Savannah Hughes each had one kill for UU.
The Bulldogs stayed within striking distance the rest of the set, pulling within 23-21 after a pair of kills from Crosslin, but consecutive kills by Kami Dickerson gave Union a 25-21 win.
Cumberland returns home Thursday after a six-match road swing to face rival Trevecca Nazarene at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.