LEBANON, Tenn. - MMC continued their road success on Thursday night, upending conference opponent Cumberland University by a 3-1 (25-13, 16-25, 25-21, 25-21) score. The RedHawks evened their overall record to 7-7 and their TranSouth mark to 2-2 with the win.
Ann-Katherin Kuehhorn led four RedHawks with double-figure kills, collecting 12. Paula Sioto and Precious Sanders both turned in double-doubles, Sioto with 11 kills and 27 assists. Sanders registered 10 kills and 18 assists, and Ya Zhao had a 10-kill performance. Sandra Stojimirovic posted a team-high 11 dig, with Kuehorn, Zhao, and Ulirike Gebhardt each adding nine. Gebhardt led the defense at the net with five blocks, and Kuehorn added five aces to her all-around night.
The RedHawks dominated the first set, hitting .345 with 11 kills and just one error. MMC put together a 10-1 spurt early in the set to take control, highlighted by kills from Sanders and Sioto and two service aces from Kuehhorn. Sioto and Gebhardt combined for a block before Stojimirovic's kill gave the RedHawks a 13-3 advantage en route to a 25-13 victory.
The second set was complete the opposite, with Cumberland jumping out to a 10-1 lead. MMC tried to fight their way back into the set but never pulled closer than five points.
The third set was back-and-forth in the early going, when RedHawks started to pull away. CU pulled within 10-9 before a 7-0 spurt gave control to the visitors, with two kills from Zhao and one each by Sioto and Gebhardt highlighting the run. The Bulldogs made a late run, but Sioto's final kill gave MMC a 25-21 victory.
The teams combined to hit .329 in the fourth set with 31 kills and only eight errors. Neither team could sideout, and Cumberland's 5-2 advantage early was the biggest of the set until the final points. CU recorded three kills early in the set and Lauren Carter added another, tying the score at 10 as the Bulldogs gained a 15-13 advantage. But the lead was short-lived, as MMC scored the next four points, three on service aces from Kuehhorn before the score tied again at 20.
The RedHawks took control from there, with two kills from Kuehhorn and one from Sanders as well as a service ace by Zhao. An attack error into the net was the final blow in a 25-21 CU defeat in the final set.
MMC continues their four-day road trip, as they travel to Atlanta for the weekend to participate in the Emory University Homecoming Tournament.