Rebecca Just and Allie Southard each recorded 10 kills for St. Catharine as the Patriots handed Cumberland its seventh straight loss Thursday night at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
The Bulldogs (12-15, 3-9) hit just .099 as a team to SCC’s .386 percentage as the Patriots took three straight sets en route to the victory.
The two squads opened the first set in tight fashion, playing to a 13-13 tie. St. Catharine followed with three straight points to force a CU timeout and added another out of the break to grab a 17-13 advantage. The Patriots would break away from there, taking a 25-15 victory.
In the second, St. Catharine took a commanding early lead, scoring 13 of the first 15 points. Cumberland responded with a furious comeback including kills from Michelle Evans, Meghan Gass , Sheridan Jones and a pair from Mackenzie Gass. A kill from Jennifer Daniels closed the book on a 13-2 run from the Bulldogs to even the score at 15.
For the second straight frame, SCC would take control from there as the Patriots scored 10 of the next 14 in a 25-19 victory. The Bulldogs remained close throughout the third set, but a .471 attack percentage from the Patriots proved to be too much as they completed the sweep with a 25-20 win.
Mackenzie Gass led all Bulldogs with seven kills as Kasi Wells paced the squad with 17 assists. Laura Peavy added a team-high 13 digs. Cumberland will look to get back in the win column with a non-conference, home matchup against rival Trevecca Nazarene on Tuesday.
Volleydawgs’ Dig Pink, Senior Night set for Oct. 25
Cumberland’s volleyball team will host its annual Dig Pink match and Senior Night on Friday, Oct. 25 when the Bulldogs take on Pikeville in a Mid-South Conference match at the Dallas Floyd Center.
Cumberland is teaming up with the Side-Out Foundation with the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.
“We are proud to be a part of this nationwide event,” CU coach Dwayne Deering said. “We hope we can help raise awareness in any way possible.”
CU volleyball players will wear special pink jerseys and accessories and fans are also encouraged to wear pink as well as make donations to the Side-Out Foundation. Donations can be made at the door the night of the match.
A serving contest will take place between the second and third set with prizes for the winners. Cumberland players will also Cumberland will also give away Dig Pink t-shirts and other items during the match and be taking orders for Dig Pink t-shirts to be sold for $10 each.
Cumberland seniors Mackenzie and Meghan Gass along with the families of all of the CU players will be honored before the match as well. The Bulldogs have just three home matches left in the 2013 campaign, starting with an Oct. 22 outing versus Trevecca Nazarene before closing out the season against Bluefield on Oct. 26.