September 26, 20151st2nd3rdFinal
Univ. of Pikeville1623180
Cumberland Univ.2525253
.246Hitting Pct..330
65Total Attacks94
Hall - 8
KillsLerno - 15
Zakman - 18
AssistsGlassman - 34
Cook - 2
AcesSnell - 7
Murphy - 10
DigsSnell - 13
Tackett - 2
Eadie - 2
BlocksWebster - 2
Bulldogs drop Tigers in three
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Bulldogs drop Tigers in three
Maci Lerno had the hot hand in today's match registering a team-high 15 kills. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Maci Lerno recorded 15 kills and hit for a .414 hitting percentage in Cumberland’s dominant 3-0 victory over the University of Pikeville Saturday afternoon inside the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Michelle Evans, Ashley Sherrick and Caprisha Webster helped aid the offense racking up a combined 24 kills. Sara Glassman assisted on 34 attacks and Kara Snell notched 14 digs while serving up a team-high seven service aces.

The Bulldogs (9-7, 4-2 MSC) stormed out of the gates in the opening frame scoring five of the first eight points. Pikeville (9-12, 0-8 MSC) came back within one but Cumberland scored on the next four possessions to take control of the set. Amanda Worrell’s set ending kill gave Cumberland the set 25-16. Lerno and Webster led the offense in the first set picking up four kills apiece.

Cumberland fell behind early in the second set as the Bears opened the frame on a 5-1 run. CU scored eight of the next 10 points to take a four point lead. The Bears tied the set up 19, but an Evans kill and back-to-back service aces from Kara Snell gave Cumberland a 22-19 advantage. UPike pulled within one, but Lerno ended the set with a strong kill off the Bears defender to win the set 25-23.

Set number three saw four lead changes and five tie scores before either team took control of the frame. CU took the lead at the 13-12 mark and never looked back. Jena Goodman set up Webster’s match ending kill with a service ace to reach match point and Webster spiked the ball in between three Pikeville defenders to win the match 25-18.

In between the second and third set the volleyball team introduced the alumni who were a vital part of Cumberland’s success over the years. The Bulldogs had a special recognition for former head coach Dwayne Deering. During his 26 year tenure as head coach, Deering compiled a 513-372 record, winning five conference championships and being name Conference Coach of the Year five times as well.

“This was a special day for us. Not only because of the victory, but because we were able to recognize coach [Dwayne] Deering and our alumni,” said head coach Kathy Slaughter. “His impact on this program is still seen today and our girls showed him the way that we still play strong Cumberland volleyball. This is a good win for us today, we’ll enjoy it and get right back at it tomorrow to prepare for Monday’s match.”

Cumberland hits the road for its next match against MSC-leading Georgetown Tigers. The Bulldogs will return home to the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center on Thursday to square off against the University of the Cumberlands.