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CU splits two matches to conclude Volleydawg Classic

From staff reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM

For the second straight day, Sheridan Jones and Abby Shaw paced Cumberland in kills, recording 19 and 17 respectively, as the Bulldogs fell in a rematch against Shawnee State, 3-0, before defeating Fisk in straight sets en route to a 1-3 record in the Volleydawg Classic at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

CU, in the midst of an 11-game homestand, is slated to return to action Tuesday against University of the Cumberlands at 6 p.m.

Just two days removed from a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat against Shawnee State, the Bulldogs again faced off against the Bears in the 11 a.m. timeslot on Saturday. Unlike the Thursday evening matchup, Shawnee State would not concede a game in the straight set victory.

The first set seemed to suggest the two squads were in for another barnburner as it took the Bears earning the final two points to escape with a 25-23 win. The score was tied 14 times with six lead changes in the opening set.

Jones led the way with three kills and a .333 attack percentage in that first set, and the Bulldogs took advantage of seven attack and three service errors by the Bears to remain close.

Tied at 23, Shawnee State got a kill by Paige Zelich and a bad set from CU to take control of the match. The Bears would keep control in the final two sets.

The parity of the first set was not continued in the final two as Shawnee State led for the entirety of the two frames. Identical 25-18 defeats would spell the end for Cumberland, resulting in the squad’s fourth straight defeat.

Looking to escape with their first win in the Volleydawg Classic, the Bulldogs made short work of Fisk University in straight sets. Jones resumed her solid play with a team high 10 kills and a .444 attack percentage.

CU dominated early and often in the match, never yielding the lead. The two squads were tied just once, at 1-1 in the first set. 
Following the 1-1 tie, Cumberland rattled off six straight points, including three kills by Shaw, to take a 7-1 advantage. The set would never get closer than four points again.

A pair of service aces by Karli Collins, an attack error from Fisk and a kill from Jones would conclude the opening set as the Bulldogs rolled to a 25-15 win.

The second set proved to be much of the same, as CU rolled to a 25-17 victory. It was a team effort in the middle set as five Bulldogs recorded multiple kills. Meghan Gass provided a presence at the net, notching six block assists in the frame.

The Bulldogs proved to be opportunistic in the third and final set, taking advantage of eight attack and four service errors from Fisk as CU cruised to a 25-16 win to take the match.

Though Cumberland recorded just 10 kills, Michelle Evans was extremely efficient with two kills on just three attacks. Her .667 attack percentage in the set was tops for the team.

Libero McCrea Barney provided a strong weekend on the back line for the Bulldogs, recording a team-high 20 digs in the two games Saturday. Setter Kasi Wells paced the squad with 31 assists and Meghan Gass added 

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