LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Rylee Butler recorded nine kills and Karli Collins and Amanda Wiseman each added six, but Cumberland fell behind early in the first two sets and dropped a 3-0 decision to Union University on Tuesday in the TranSouth Championships in Pulaski, Tenn.
The loss ends the season for the Bulldogs (12-25), who started two freshmen and a sophomore most of the year and had just three players with lots of experience before this year.
Union took an early lead in the opening set and then used a 13-6 run in the middle of the set to take a 19-10 advantage. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 21-18 behind kills from Collins, Butler, Wiseman and Mackenzie Gass, but a service error by Lacey Gregory and a kill from Anna Sims finished off the 25-18 victory for UU.
Cumberland started slowly again in the second set, falling behind 7-2 and 14-9 before slowly creeping back into the set and eventually tying it at 16 with kills from Butler, Collins, Wiseman and Gass. Jenna Pavan’s service ace tied the match and an attack error by UU’s Savannah Hughes gave the Bulldogs their first lead.
But two kills from Kami Dickerson, one by Abbey Wainwright and a block from Emmie Moroski and Sims pushed Union to a 25-20 win.
Union took another early advantage in the first set, but a service ace from Gregory and two kills and a block by Lauren Carter helped CU pull within 15-13. Three kills from Dickerson and two by Hughes helped Union to another 25-20 victory.
Meghan Gass finished with 30 assists while Brooke Bowers added 12 digs and Wiseman posted eight digs.