LEBANON, Tenn. – Mackenzie Gass recorded nine kills and Amanda Wiseman and Brooke Bowers both posted double-figure digs, but Cumberland started slowly and dropped a 3-1 decision to Freed-Hardeman on Thursday evening at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (10-20, 3-8 TranSouth) managed just 10 kills in the first two sets combined and the Lions (18-6, 11-2) took advantage, reeling off 25-13 and 25-11 victories. Cumberland fought back in the third set, registering 14 kills against just four errors en route to a 25-22 triumph, but FHU took control of the fourth set early and finished off the victory, 25-14.
Blocks from Nataly Gutierrez and Sydney Rice and Gutierrez and Sondra Montoya helped the Lions take a 9-5 advantage in the first set. CU never pulled closer than three the rest of the set and FHU ended the set on an 11-3 run, with Fernanda Ferreira and Sydney Rice both collecting four kills.
The visitors started the second set with a 13-4 run behind two kills from Montoya and blocks by Fernanda Ferreira and Rice and Fernanda Ferreira and Renata Ferreira. Kills from the Ferreira sisters and a block from Fernanda Ferreira and Rachelle Prince pushed the lead to 24-11 before a Cumberland error provided the final point of the set for FHU.
Wiseman and Gass led the Bulldogs in the third set, collecting four kills apiece, while Lauren Carter and Karli Collins each added two kills. The set featured 14 ties and no team led by more than two points until the Lions ran off six straight on Carissa Foshee’s serve to take a 21-16 advantage.
But Cumberland fought back on the serve of Meghan Gass, taking six straight as well before FHU tied the set at 22. The Bulldogs won the final three points of the set with a service error by the Lions, a block from Carter and Collins and an attack error by Gutierrez.
The fourth set started much the same way, with the Bulldogs taking an 8-6 lead with two kills from both Collins and Wiseman. FHU answered with a 7-1 spurt and the Lions never looked back, winning 19 of the final 25 points of the set. Gutierrez recorded eight kills and Rice added four for the Lions.
Wiseman finished with seven kills and 10 digs while Bowers added 13 digs. Meghan Gass led the Bulldogs with 20 assists.
Cumberland hosts Lyon College on Friday at 6 p.m. before heading to Centre College in Danville, Ky., on Saturday, taking on the host Colonels and Piedmont College. The Bulldogs finish the regular season next week at home, facing Union University on Tuesday and Bethel University on Wednesday.