LEBANON, Tenn. – Karli Collins led four players with eight or more kills, collecting 10, and Meghan Gass recorded 35 assists in Cumberland’s 3-0 victory Tuesday over Talladega College.
The Bulldogs (10-19) ended a seven-match losing streak with the victory, one that got increasingly tougher as the match progressed. Mackenzie Gass posted nine kills and Lauren Carter and Amanda Wiseman each had eight, while Brooke Bowers registered 12 digs and Wiseman and Jaclyn Rodriguez both collected nine.
Cumberland won the first set with relative ease, committing only three errors against 13 kills. Collins started fast with four kills in the set.
A 7-1 spurt midway through the set that included kills from Wiseman and Mackenzie Gass as well as two by Collins gave CU a 16-9 advantage. The Tornadoes (18-13) never pulled closer than five the rest of the way and Kristen Oxley’s kill gave CU a 25-15 victory.
The second set was much tighter, with Talladega jumping out to an early lead and holding it for most of the set. The Tornadoes led 7-3 early after two kills from Paris Powell and one by Shalitha Swain, but CU tied the set at seven. TC ran off five straight points for a 14-10 advantage and kept the lead until the Bulldogs again tied it, this time at 22 with two consecutive kills from Mackenzie Gass.
Rylee Butler’s kill tied it again at 23 and three straight kills – one from Mackenzie Gass and the last two by Wiseman – provided a 26-24 triumph.
Cumberland took an early lead in the final set, 10-3, behind three kills each from Carter and Mackenzie Gass, but the Tornadoes inched back, tying the score at 12 after a kill from Swain and an attack error by CU.
Meghan Gass won five straight points on her serve for a 19-14 advantage, including two aces. Kills by Wiseman and Carter and an attack error by the Tornadoes were the final points in a 25-19 win.
Cumberland takes on Freed-Hardeman at 6 p.m. Thursday and hosts Lyon College on Friday, also at 6 p.m.