Kasi Wells dished out 16 assists and Sheridan Jones and Abby Shaw each tallied six kills, but 19th-ranked Lindsey Wilson was too strong, led by 14 kills from Nadelina Nesheva in a 3-0 victory over Cumberland in volleyball action Tuesday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (4-2, 0-1 Mid-South) will continue conference play Thursday with a home contest versus Campbellsville at 6 p.m. CU posted 23 kills in the match but also 20 errors, hitting .035 compared to a robust .353 for the Blue Raiders (6-0, 1-0).
LWC middle hitter Kailey Moorhead also registered 10 kills while Alex Just led the squad with 29 assists.
The Blue Raiders started quickly, running off an 8-0 spurt in the first set behind three service aces from Nesheva and a kill from Sarah Anderson, who finished with eight. Shaw’s two kills for the Bulldogs pulled CU within 10-5, but a pair of kills by Moorhead and two more from Nesheva pushed the LWC advantage back to 18-12.
A block by Mattie Tigges and Anderson ignited a 7-2 spurt to end the set, with Anderson adding three more kills during the run.
The second set looked very similar, with Lindsey Wilson jumping out to a 5-1 lead behind two more kills by Nesheva and a block from Tigges and Anderson. A pair of errors helped Cumberland pull within 6-4, but an 8-2 stretch for the Blue Raiders included three kills from Moorhead and one by Taylor Hayne.
CU was done in by errors at the end of the set, committing six over the final 14 points and LWC won, 25-11.
The Bulldogs were finally able to gain some momentum in the third set thanks to five straight errors from LWC. Kills by Jones and Rylee Butler gave CU a 6-2 edge and the home team maintained the lead for much of the set.
Mackenzie Gass and Jones added kills and a service ace from Laura Peavy made it 12-7 Bulldogs. Jones posted two more kills, but back-to-back spikes from Moorhead and Nesheva pulled the Blue Raiders within 16-15. Another kill by Jones and a block by Jennifer Daniels pushed the advantage back to 20-16.
Tigges helped LWC with two kills and Emily Meeks added another before three straight errors by the Bulldogs gave the visitors the sweep, 25-22.