March 22, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
Cumberland Univ.1823160
Trinity Christian2525253
CUMTeam StatsTCC
.050Hitting Pct..281
80Total Attacks89
Amorim - 9
KillsBinion - 9
Pierce - 14
AssistsLawrence - 32
Sturzoiu - 2
AcesRyan - 1
Novakovic - 1
Hogg - 9
DigsBecker - 9
Amorim - 3
BlocksOstema - 4
Men's volleyball swept at Trinity Christian
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Men's volleyball swept at Trinity Christian
Brian Hogg recorded nine digs with five assists in CU's loss Friday at Trinity Christian. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Arthur Amorim recorded nine kills and Christian Lester added seven but Trinity Christian hit .281 as a team and Eddie Binion led the Trolls with nine kills in a 3-0 victory over Cumberland in men’s volleyball action Friday night in Palos Heights, Ill.

The Phoenix (9-20) committed almost as many errors (20) as kills (24) in the loss. Jordan Pierce registered 14 assists and Brian Hogg collected nine digs for CU. Trinity Christian (11-9) had four players with seven-plus kills and Danny Lawrence handed out 32 assists to lead the home team.

Amorim posted three kills and Tyler Sturzoiu added a service ace, helping the Phoenix even the first set at nine. Jonathan Poortinga and Binion netted kills during a 5-1 spurt for the Trolls, but Lester and Amorim had kills and two TCC errors helped CU get within 15-13.

Kills from Binion and Jake Ostema put Trinity Christian ahead, 17-13, before Cumberland battled back again thanks to two kills by Pierce. The Phoenix committed three errors in the last six points and Danny Lawrence added a kill to end the set for the home team, 25-18.

Amorim and Stephan Davis started the second set with kills for a 5-5 score and Lester and Sturzoiu posted a block, one of eight in the match for CU, before a kill by Lester and a service ace from Sturzoiu gave Cumberland an 8-6 edge. Ostema and Binion collected kills and Ostema and Lawrence provided a block for TCC, but Pierce and Davis answered with kills for the Phoenix.

Amorim registered a kill and he and Davis got a block for a 14-10 CU advantage. Two more kills by Amorim made it 16-11, but the Trolls ran off five straight points to even the set behind spikes by Lawrence and Binion and a pair of Cumberland errors.

Lester collected a kill and Sturzoiu added a service ace, but Poortinga and Binion each posted kills for the Trolls, who took a 21-18 lead. Hogg netted a kill for CU and Davis and Amorim tallied a block, pulling the Phoenix within 22-21, and a service ace by Pierce evened the set.

Lawrence, Dan Ryan and Poortinga recorded kills in the last four points for a 25-23 set win for Trinity Christian.

Pierce and Amorim opened the third set with a block, but a kill from Binion and a block by Ostema and Ben Tocila along with two Cumberland errors gave the Trolls an early 6-3 edge. Sturzoiu collected a kill for CU, but Tocila registered two and Binion added one for a 10-7 TCC advantage.

Trinity Christian opened the lead to 14-9 thanks to kills by Poortinga and Ostema and a block by Ostema and Lawrence. Davis and Lester had kills for Cumberland, but the Trolls continued to expand the advantage behind kills by Ostema and Tocila and a block from Ryan and Poortinga.

Lester recorded two kills for CU, cutting the deficit to 20-14, and added another late in the set. Isaiah Gifford and Matthew Butnariu scored two of the last four points for the Trolls, completing the match, 25-16.

Cumberland plays at St. Xavier University at 10 a.m. on Saturday and heads back to Trinity Christian for a 12:30 p.m. match versus eighth-ranked Mount Mercy University.