Freshman Abby Shaw recorded a season-high 10 blocks along with a team-high 11 kills in Thursday’s home contest against Shawnee State, but it was not enough as the Bears escaped Lebanon with a 3-2 victory.
Sheridan Jones tacked on eight kills and eight blocks and Kasi Wells provided a team-high 27 assists in the loss.
The Bulldogs opened the match on an 8-0 run, taking control of the first set. Despite a Shawnee State comeback which closed the game to 12-11, CU was able to hold on as Jenna Pavan served up the final two points of a 25-18 win.
The Shawnee State offense came alive in set two as the Bears used an impressive .480 attack percentage en route to a convincing 25-13 win. SSU took control of the match in the third set, edging the Bulldogs 25-19.
Cumberland would not go quietly in the fourth as the two squads battled back-and-forth to seven tie scores and four lead changes. In the end, the Bulldogs would tally six of the final eight points to take the set 25-21 and force a fifth.
The final set proved to be the most exciting of the night as each team refused to give in. Cumberland and Shawnee State exchanged a pair of lead changes and six ties in the race for 15 points.
Holding an 11-10 advantage, the Bears finally seized control for good, rattling off five of the final seven points to take the match.
The Volleydawgs will face a quick turnaround as four teams descend upon Lebanon for the Volleydawg Classic beginning today. CU will face Union College and Lindenwood-Belleville at 1 and 5 p.m., respectively before a rematch with Shawnee State at 11 a.m. and Fisk at 1 p.m. on Saturday.