|October 21, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Univ. of Pikeville
Goodman - 7
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland completed a comeback with a 7-2 run to win the opening set, and Masa Nalovic posted eight kills, three of those during the run to help the Phoenix to a 3-0 win against the University of Pikeville on Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Sara Glassman led the squad in assists recording 19 and Isidora Markovic added 10 kills on the day. Cumberland hit .545 percent in the third set and posted four blocks in the match.
Pikeville (5-19, 0-11) pulled ahead in the first set taking a 7-4 advantage and building on to the lead with a point from Cecelia Ray and an attack error on the Phoenix. Cumberland (14-11, 5-6) went on to score five consecutive point to regain the lead, 11-9 before a service error on the squad ended the streak. Each team fought point-for-point but the Phoenix came out on top, tacking on three straight points to win the first set, 25-22.
Both teams rallied point-for-point to start the second set, tying the frame up twice before a five point run for the Phoenix put them ahead, 11-6. The Bears quickly responded with three straight points to pull within three, 11-8. An attack error on the Phoenix sparked a run for the University of Pikeville knotting the game at 16. A 5-1 run for CU with a kill from Markovic and three errors on the Bears played in Cumberland’s favor, securing the second stanza, 25-20.
The Phoenix dominated in the final set, pulling ahead with a 9-3 run and added onto the advantage with a kill by Amanda Worrell, Nalovic and Markovic, 15-8. Cumberland only allowed Pikeville to score three more points in the set, before nine consecutive points for CU claimed the final set, 25-11 for a sweep over the Bears.
Noelani Simpson collected 10 kills and Savanna Zakman added 20 assists for Pikeville. The Bears committed 18 errors and posted three blocks.
Cumberland returns to play on Thursday, October 26 against host Lindsey Wilson at 6:30 p.m., before returning home for senior day on October 28, against Bryan College at 11 a.m.