LEBANON, Tenn. – Mackenzie Gass recorded 14 kills while Caitlin Carlander registered 23 assists, but Cumberland was unable to overpower Campbellsville University, falling in three sets Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Totaling more errors than kills on the night, Cumberland struggled to bounce back from large deficits in each game, losing by scores of 25-19, 25-17, and 25-16.
The Bulldogs (5-10) had their best set right at the start, jumping out fast to a 3-0 lead over the Tigers, who themselves committed two early errors. The game was knotted at 7-7 before Campbellsville slowly took control. The Bulldogs came within three on a kill by Danielle Girardeau to make it 21-18, but two Cumberland attack errors ended the set.
In the second game, the Bulldogs were once again marred by errors, chalking up seven early on to give the Tigers an 11-2 lead. Cumberland was unable to pull closer than six points the remainder of the match.
The third set saw a 5-5 tie, but the Tigers rattled off five straight kills to up their lead. Gass came alive late, delivering a three straight powerful kills to make it 22-15, but Campbellsville stayed in control to earn the win.
Laura DeGear lead the Tigers with 13 kills, while Kira Stewart handed out 33 assists.
The Bulldogs begin a seven-game road trip, starting at the University of the South tomorrow night in Sewanee, Tenn. at 7 p.m. CT.