SEWANEE – Freshman Abby Shaw recorded 10 kills on a .400 attack percentage as Cumberland outmatched University of the South, 3-1, to end a three-game losing streak on the road Monday night.
Junior Rylee Butler added an impressive .571 attack percentage with nine kills, and junior Sheridan Jones tacked on 11 kills of her own in the victory. Junior libero McCrea Barney paced the squad with 16 digs.
CU (5-3) and Sewanee (9-2) played the opening set point-for-point up to a 10-10 tie before the Tigers were able to take a two-point advantage for the first time all night at 12-10. The Bulldogs responded with seven of the next nine points to grab a 17-14 lead.
Cumberland controlled the rest of the set, using kills from Mackenzie Gass, Jennifer Daniels, Jones and Shaw en route to the win. A service ace by Ashton Perez handed the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
A balanced attacked allowed CU to break out to an early advantage in the second set as Sewanee was never able pose a substantial threat in a 25-17 defeat. With a 2-0 lead through two sets, the Bulldogs seemed poised to finish the Tigers off in straight sets.
The scrappy Sewanee squad was not ready to accept defeat, however, as the home team responded with its most complete set of the night, a 25-15 dominating victory to cut the Bulldog lead in half and extend the match to a fourth game.
The fourth set began as a back-and-forth battle as the two squads jockeyed for an advantage. CU was the first to find a substantial lead, using three straight points to grab an 18-13 advantage and force a Sewanee timeout.
The Tigers answered with a run, scoring the next five points to even the score, which would begin an all-out sprint to the final seven points.
Cumberland opened with three straight points to seemingly seize control, but Sewanee countered with a 5-0 run to take a 23-21 lead. It would take three straight points to vault the Bulldogs to victory.
The three points came on a kill from Jones, followed by two straight from Gass to capture the victory for the Bulldogs. Junior setter Kasi Wells provided the assist on all three.
The win was a first for Cumberland in more than a week as the Bulldogs were successful in ending a three-game slide. The team will have a chance to make it two in a row Tuesday with a trip to Tennessee Temple. Game time is set for 6 p.m.