Cumberland’s Abby Shaw collected 24 kills and McCrea Barney posted 18 digs and eight service aces in victories over Tennessee Temple and Kentucky Christian in volleyball action here Friday during the CU Classic at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (12-8) complete tournament action Saturday with a 9 a.m. match against Ohio Valley University and a 3 p.m. outing versus Freed-Hardeman.
Cumberland started quickly and barely looked back in the opening match versus Tennessee Temple, with Shaw recording nine kills and Kasi Wells adding 11 assists. Sheridan Jones registered five kills and five block assists and Barney netted seven digs and four aces.
In the first match, Cumberland completely overmatched Tennessee Temple (11-7) in the first set-and-a-half and swept the Crusaders for CU’s third victory this season against TTU.
The Bulldogs scored the first 11 points of the opening set behind three kills from Sheridan Jones, two blocks by Jones and Kasi Wells and a pair of service aces from Jenna Pavan. Abby Shaw added a pair of kills midway through the set and three straight errors from the Crusaders closed out a 25-3 CU win.
The second set started the same way, with Cumberland jumping out, 13-2, behind two service aces from McCrea Barney and two kills by Shaw. TTU got back into the set after the Bulldogs seemed to relax a bit, closing within 18-10 after a kill from Victoria Smith, but a kill by Jones and Jennifer Daniels and two from Wells finished off a 25-15 victory.
Cumberland fell behind in the third set, though kills from Wells, Shaw and Danielle Girardeau kept the score close. TTU got kills from Lydia Vick, Shatoya Medford and Alex Bolton to take a 10-8 advantage, but a pair of spikes by Jena Whitt and a service ace from Barney tied the set at 13.
Laura Peavy added a service ace and Shaw had another kill to give the Bulldogs the lead for good, part of a 13-2 run to nearly end the match. Daniels added a kills and Shaw put down the final one for a 25-17 final score for CU.
The second match went almost the complete opposite, with Cumberland nearly blowing a six-point lead in the first set but holding on, 28-26. The Bulldogs played much better in the final two sets and cruised to victory, with Shaw posting 15 kills and Jones adding 10.
Wells recorded 19 assists and Meghan Gass netted 11, while Mackenzie Gass, returning to the lineup for the first time since September 14 at Pikeville, finished with eight kills and just three errors. Barney collected 10 digs and four more aces as well, and Girardeau led the club with six block assists, as Cumberland finished with 18 block assists in the match.
Two kills from Mackenzie Gass quickly gave the Bulldogs the early lead in the first set and Shaw added two kills as well, giving CU a 6-4 lead. Girardeau and Jones posted kills as well and a service ace from Peavy put Cumberland ahead, 15-9.
The Knights (10-2) put together a 10-4 spurt to tie the match led by two kills from Megan Daniel and a service ace by Stephanie Poelker. Jenna Kelley’s kill tied the score and an attack error by Mackenzie Gass put KCU on top, but kills from Jones and Mackenzie Gass and two aces by Barney nearly gave CU the set.
Kylie Rice and Kelley posted kills for Kentucky Christian to extend the game, but Jones, Girardeau, Shaw and the final one by Mackenzie Gass pushed the Bulldogs finally to the end, 28-26.
The second set was very tight in the early going, with CU committing four attack errors in the first 12 points, but a pair of kills from Shaw and then one off the back row by Peavy put the Bulldogs up, 9-7. The Knights would close within 12-11 after an attack error by Wells, but Cumberland reeled off 13 of the final 16 points of the set thanks to three kills apiece from Shaw and Jones.
The Bulldogs controlled the third set from the start, jumping out to an 11-1 advantage behind two kills from Jones, one by Mackenzie Gass as well as one ace from Jenna Pavan and two by Barney. Shaw posted three more kills and Jennifer Daniels added one before a KCU timeout at 19-6.
Mackenzie Gass and Jones posted kills before the final two from Shaw provided the final margin of 25-12.