|August 26, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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|August 26, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
LEBANON, Tenn. — Maci Lerno combined for 28 kills and Taylor Kasper posted 45 digs to help lead Cumberland to a 3-0 victory over Faulkner University, but CU dropped a 3-1 decision to Webber International in the nightcap.
The opening set started off with both teams going point for point with three points from Lerno and one from Masa Nalovic which kept the Phoenix in a two point deficit early in the match making it 6-4.
CU began to pull ahead as five unanswered points were scored to knot the game at 8 halfway through the set. Three kills from Lerno, one from Amanda Worrell and Isidora Markovic the Phoenix would close out the first set 25-23.
The second stanza looked just as the opening set did with each team fighting back and forth to try and take the lead. CU started to pull away with two attack errors on Faulkner and two service aces from Sara Glassman to make the score 12-8.
With a point from Lerno and two services aces by Kara Snell Cumberland would extend their lead to 17-11. Faulkner then scored four points in a row, but CU closed out the set with a service ace from Rachel Clement and a kill from Worrell, 25-22.
The squad came out early in the third set, taking a 7-2 lead with two kills from Lerno and one from Worrell and Markovic. The Eagles made a close comeback scoring four unanswered points to then make the score 9-7.
With a strong team effort and three tips from Michelle Evans, two from Akins and one from Lerno and Perez the Phoenix won the final frame 25-13.
Evans posted 10 kills in Cumberlands second match of the day against Webber International. In the opening set the Phoenix rallied to keep the set close with kills from Worrell, Perez and Lerno to make the score 7-3.
Tips from Clement, Worrell and Evans would keep Cumberland in the set making the score 20-15, but Webber would take the first set 25-17.
In the second frame the offense put up a fight battling back with two points from Lerno, Malkovic and Evans to tie the game at 9. A span of six points for Webber would put Cumberland in a 4 point deficit with the score at 18-14. The Warriors would close out the set 25-18.
CU came out strong in the third stanza making an early impact and taking a five point lead half way through to make the score 13-8. Then with kills from Evans and Akins and a service ace from Clement the offense continued to pull away taking a nine point lead, 19-10.
A few back and forth points and two tips from Markovic and one from Wickham the Phoenix would close out this set, 25-16.
Both teams continued to battle throughout the fourth set as they were knotted at 6 with points from Worrell and Evans. Then again were tied at 10 with another kill from Worrell and two attack errors on the Warriors.
An eight point stretch would help lead the Warriors to an 18-12 lead. Four tips from Lerno just wouldn’t be enough as Webber closed out the final set 25-18.
Cumberland will return to play tomorrow on the final day of the Faulkner Invitational as they take on Columbia College at 10 am and Martin Methodist at 2 pm.