Volleyball loses in three tight sets
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Volleyball loses in three tight sets
Rylee Butler and Jessi Stas combined for 12 kills against Brescia Univeristy. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Eight points in three sets decided the fate of a Cumberland University loss to Brescia University at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center Tuesday night. A balanced Bulldog attack was led by Jessi Stas with seven kills, with Rylee Butler, Mackenzie Gass and Jacklyn Munoz each putting up five, and Desirae Burris chipping in with four.

CU (7-16) had defeated Brescia 3-0 earlier in the season and seemed to be on track again in the first set before falling 26-24. The Bulldogs fell behind 21-20 and trailed for the first time in the match. A kill by Stas gave Cumberland the lead at 23-21, and a Bearcat service error moved CU to within game point. But Brescia then rallied off four consecutive points, with two coming from Bulldog errors, to earn the victory.

Once again, Cumberland seemed in control during the second set, leading 15-10. The Bearcats turned it on while trailing 18-15, using a 5-0 run to take a 20-18 lead. Two errors by Brescia tied the game at 20-20, but the Bearcats made another deadly run to take a 24-20 lead and eventually end the game with a 25-21 win.

In the third set, CU struggled out of the gates, falling behind 17-8 before making impressive runs of their own. Back-to-back kills by Gass and Burris gave the Bulldogs energy and sparked a five point swing, bringing them within 19-18. Brescia was forced to call a timeout clinging to a 21-20 lead. CU then fell behind 24-21, calling a timeout of their own, and three successive Bearcat errors tied the game at 24-24. A devastating kill by Brescia and an attack error by the Bulldogs then ended the match at 26-24.

For CU, Lacey Gregory handed out 11 assists, and Caitlin Carlander contributed nine. Brooke Bowers had 14 digs, and Munoz added 11.

Kaylin Carpenter led Brescia with 10 kills, while Haley Root had 19 assists along with 11 digs.

The Bulldogs travel to meet Trevecca Nazarene on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT before returning home on Friday to face Georgetown College at 6 p.m. CT.