0, 1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Northwestern Ohio182325101
Cumberland University252511253
UNWOTeam StatsCU
0.074Hitting Pct.0.159
135Total Attacks145
Megan Richwine - 8
Taylor Winner - 8
KillsIsidora Markovic - 15
Kayleigh Hulst - 12
AssistsRachel Clement - 23
Louise Back - 3
AcesSara Glassman - 3
Taylor Kasper - 3
Taina Soranzo - 21
DigsTaylor Kasper - 17
Kara Snell - 17
Stephanie Hanewold - 4
BlocksAmanda Worrell - 5
0, 1st2nd3rd4thFinal
IU Kokomo (Ind.)242525253
Cumberland University261613181
IUKTeam StatsCU
0.182Hitting Pct.0.026
159Total Attacks153
Nicole Sandmann - 14
KillsMasa Nalovic - 13
Casey Colgate - 19
AssistsRachel Clement - 20
Lindi Thomas - 4
AcesKara Snell - 2
Maddison Taylor - 18
DigsKara Snell - 20
Nyssa Baker - 7
BlocksIsidora Markovic - 2
Offense powers Phoenix past Racers in season-opener
Friday, August 18, 2017
Offense powers Phoenix past Racers in season-opener
Sophomore Rachel Clement tied a career-best of 23 assists in the opener and added another 20 in the second match of the day in the Lindsey Wilson Classic on Friday in Columbia, Ky.(Credit Chris Wells)

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Phoenix dominated the fourth set against the University of Northwestern Ohio, 25-10 to secure a 3-1 victory in the opening match of the day but dropped a tough 3-1 decision in the second game to Indiana University-Kokomo at the Lindsey Wilson Classic on Friday in Columbia, Ky.

Cumberland opened up their season with a 3-1 victory over UNOH (0-1) winning the first two stanzas by no more than six points but dropping the third set, 25-11. CU found their way in the fourth frame, beating the Racers, 25-10 for the win.

CU (1-1) topped the Cougars (1-0) in the first frame, 26-24 but the Phoenix did not score more than 18 points in the next three sets falling to Indiana University-Kokomo, 3-1 in the final match.

Rachel Clement tied a career-best 23 assists in the opener and a total of 43 on the day. Taylor Kasper and Kara Snell recorded 17 digs apiece against the Racers and Kasper added another 18 against the Cougars. Isidora Markovic led the squad with 15 kills and Abby Akins added 11 against UNOH.

Cumberland started off the opening set with three quick points and the University of Northwestern Ohio responded with one by Julia Larsson. A 5-1 spurt and two attack errors played in the Phoenix favor taking a 9-3 lead. Masa Nalovic tallied her first kill before the Racers scored five consecutive points to knot the set at 10.

The Phoenix pulled ahead by two with a kill from Clement and Markovic. Cumberland and UNOH rallied point for point, and the Racers pulled within just one before five straight points from the squad securing the lead for good, 22-17. Two kills from Markovic and one from Akins won the opening set, 25-18.

The University of Northwestern Ohio did not take the lead or tie the game at all in the second stanza, with the Phoenix taking an early 7-2 advantage. The Racers then cut the deficit to just two, 18-16, after scoring five uninterrupted points.

A combined effort behind the squad, including a point from Worrell and Akins, and a service ace from Kara Snell kept the Phoenix on top 22-17. A four point spurt wouldn’t be enough for the Racers as Cumberland closed out the second frame, 25-13.

Cumberland could not seem to find their way in the third set scoring a total of 10 points, and the Racers allowing the Phoenix to score just two of those during a 13 point run to claim the third frame, 25-11.

A 9-4 lead in the final set paced the Phoenix to victory, taking their largest lead of the game by 15 and securing the frame, 25-10. Kasper recorded three service aces and Akins collected four kills and Malovic added three.

Taina Soranzo led the Racers with 21 digs and Tine Sesa collected 14. Two Racers recorded eight points each and Kayleigh Hulst paced UNOH with 12 assists.

Indiana University-Kokomo came out strong scoring the first five points but Cumberland quickly responded with five of their own. Both teams would go point-for-point and tie the game up four times before CU took a two point lead off a service error and a service ace by Snell, 21-18. Three straight points for the Cougars knotted the game at 22. A point from Akins and Markovic closed out the set, 26-24.

The Cougars took an 11-7 lead, scoring four in a row before Cumberland ended the streak. A kill by Worrell and an attack error on McKenna Lundy cut the Phoenix deficit to three. Indiana University-Kokomo allowed CU to score just four more points in the set, before securing the second frame, 25-16.

In the third stanza IUK came out on top, scoring 7 consecutive points and taking their largest lead by 14 for a 18-4 advantage. Cumberland cut the deficit down by scoring four in a row, but the Cougars closed out the frame, 25-13.

IUK pulled ahead by three to start the fourth before the Phoenix evened the score. The Cougars took a 16 point lead, sending them to a 16-10 advantage allowing the squad to record just one point before tallying another three. Four errors on IUK helped CU pull within seven, but Indiana University-Kokomo claimed the final stanza, 25-18.

The Phoenix are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, August 19 to take on Indiana Wesleyan at 10 a.m. and Indiana University Southeast at 2 p.m.