The Bulldogs (1-0) jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the opening set thanks to a six-point run in the early going. Tennessee Temple (0-1) never got within five points as CU coasted to a 25-18 win.
The Crusaders were not content to go down so easy in set two as the two squads played neck-and-neck for much of the frame. Tied at 18, the Bulldogs used a 7-3 run to escape with a 25-21 victory.
After struggling early in the final set, Cumberland settled, rattling off nine out of 11 points to take a commanding 20-13 lead. They concluded the match with a 25-17 victory.
Freshman Abby Shaw provided a team-high nine kills in her Bulldog debut with a .368 attack percentage. Senior Mackenzie Gass added seven kills of her own on the evening.
Junior Kasi Wells provided a team-high three service aces and 16 assists. Junior Laura Peavys 10 digs paced the squad.
The Bulldogs now turn sights to a two-day, four-game weekend at the Sewanee Invitational. CU opens the classic Friday against Pikeville at noon. A match against Pensacola Christian will follow at 2 p.m. The team will play another doubleheader Saturday, facing Brescia University and Piedmont College at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.