LEBANON - Cumberland split its two matches Saturday in the Volleydawg Classic, coming out flat and falling, 3-0, to Reinhardt University before rebounding with a hard-fought 3-0 triumph over the Univ. of Pikeville. The Bulldogs finished the tournament 2-2 overall.
Cumberland hit just .029 against Reinhardt, struggling to return serve and pass efficiently for the second straight match. It was also the clubs undoing Friday in a loss to Faulkner University. CU also did not help itself in the serving column, committing seven errors.
In the opening set the Eagles took control with a 5-1 spurt for a 12-6 advantage. The Bulldogs ended the set with only six total kills, falling 25-18. The second set was much the same, with CU recording nine kills with as many errors. Reinhardt took a 2-0 advantage by the same score.
Cumberland found its rhythm in the third set, totaling 13 kills, including five from Mackenzie Gass and four by Lauren Carter. The Bulldogs led for most of the set, but RU won the final four points in a nip-and-tuck affair, prevailing 25-22.
In the second match the Bulldogs jumped out early, hitting .379 in the first set with 13 kills, including four from Karli Collins and three by Carter. CU won the set, 25-14, and continued with its good play in the second set, getting three kills from Jaclyn Jordan and 12 in the set, prevailing 25-20.
The third set was back-and-forth much of the way, but the Bulldogs started quickly, taking a 10-5 lead behind three kills each from Gass and Carter. But Pikeville battled back, eventually knotting the score at 19. The Bears had a set point, but an attack error tied the set again and Cumberland won the final two points, both on errors by UP.
Collins and Gass both finished the day with 17 kills and Carter added 16. Meghan Gass posted 31 assists and Lacey Gregory added 22.
Cumberland opens TranSouth Conference action Tuesday at Mid-Continent at 6 p.m. and hosts Kentucky Christian on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.