LEBANON, Tenn. – Double digit kills by Jacklyn Munoz and Mackenzie Gass were not enough to power Cumberland University past Trevecca Nazarene in volleyball action Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn. The Bulldogs split the first two sets before dropping the next two in the loss.
Munoz led CU (7-17) in kills (14) and digs (22). Gass had 12 kills, while Caitlin Carlander delivered 37 assists to go along with 10 digs. Jenna Pavan and Brooke Bowers each tallied 11 digs.
The first set was tightly contested from the start. Trailing 8-6, the Bulldogs received consecutive kills by Jessi Stas and Gass, combined with two attack errors by the Trojans and a Bowers’ service ace, to take an 11-8 lead. After a 14-14 tie, TNU took control and never trailed again in the match, winning 25-20.
In game two, with CU trailing 14-13, Gass threw down three kills and Carlander had a service ace to give the Bulldogs a 16-14 edge. The Trojans came back to tie it up at 17-17, before Cumberland put together a 6-0 run and rolled to the 25-19 win.
Sets three and four were controlled by the Trojans. Errors marred the Bulldogs while the Trojans took advantage and easily outhit CU. TNU wrapped up the victory by winning the final two sets 25-13.
Kristin Johnson led the Trojans with 13 kills, Caroline Gay had 22 assists and Loren Bennett contributed 18 digs.
The Bulldogs are back home tonight facing the University of the Cumberlands at 6 p.m. CT.