Michelle Evans posted eight kills and 10 digs and Ashton Perez collected 21 assists, but Cumberland was unable to finish the end of sets and dropped a 3-0 decision at Campbellsville University on Thursday night in Campbellsville, Ky.
The Bulldogs (11-10, 1-6 Mid-South) dropped their sixth straight match overall, all in conference play, despite staying close in all three sets. CU committed 37 total errors in the loss, including 16 hitting errors, eight service miscues and eight reception errors.
The first set went back-and-forth at the beginning, with kills from Danielle Girardeau and Evans putting Cumberland ahead, 10-0, but the Tigers (7-15, 3-4) put together a 10-2 spurt to pull away highlighted by three service aces from Krista Mihelsone and two kills by Aleksandra Popovic. CU never got closer than 19-15 the rest of the way and Jade Nelson’s final kill gave the home team a 25-18 opening set.
The second set started much the same as the first, with kills from Rylee Butler, Perez and Evans giving CU a 9-8 edge, but Campbellsville ran off six straight points behind a block from Nelson, a kill from Jana Kortas and three Bulldog errors.
Cumberland answered with four straight points, including two service aces by Evans and a kill from Butler, pulling within 15-13, and kills by Evans and Butler made it 21-20 for the Tigers. Campbellsville posted four straight points to end the set, though, with kills from Jackie Schweiger and Kortas and a service ace by Marcella Compeau finishing off the 25-20 win.
The Tigers started quickly in the third set, taking 5-1 and 10-5 leads before the Bulldogs rallied. Two kills from Evans and three Campbellsville errors helped CU close the gap to 13-11 and kills by Evans and Abby Shaw made it 17-15 as well, but two kills from Rachel DeCoursey pushed the Tigers lead back to four. Nelson and Kortas finished off the match with kills in a 25-20 final set.
Cumberland takes a slight break from Mid-South action next week, traveling to Tennessee Temple on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. match before heading to the University of Pikeville on October 11.