|August 25, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Hanger - 3
Nash - 1
Salazar - 1
Moeller - 3
|August 25, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Cosgrove - 4
Malone - 5
LEBANON, Tenn. – The Cumberland volleyball team finished competition at the Mid-South Conference Challenge on Saturday after picking up their first win of the season against Union College in their first match of the day, but later fell in their final match to Indiana-Southeast. The Phoenix finish the weekend with a 1-3 record after falling in their first two contest on Friday.
The Phoenix (1-3) trailed for only three points against Union, the first points of the third set, as they were able to record a .256 hitting percentage. As a team, Cumberland managed 34 kills to the Bulldogs 21 while Lyssette Serna led all players with 10 kills and Masa Nalovic added nine of her own.
Cumberland opened the first set by scoring the first three points of the match and were able to carry that momentum to a 15-9 lead. From there the Phoenix used two kills from Serna and one by Raegan Moeller and Abby Adkins, as well as a host of errors by Union College to secure the first set at 25-16.
The Phoenix found their stride in the second stanza, going on a 9-2 run to start the set. After giving up the next point, kills by Moeller and Nalocic, three straight service aces by Ali Hanger and an attack error by Union gave the Phoenix a commanding 15-3 lead.CU closed out the set to go up 2-0 after securing 10 of the next 16 points.
Union took their largest lead of the contest to start the third set after scoring the first two points. The Phoenix quickly tied the contest with the next two points. After exchanging points to a 7-6 advantage for Cumberland, the Phoenix were able to bust open an 11-1 run to increase their lead to 18-7. CU then managed control the rest of the set on their way to a 25-15 victory, securing their first win of the season.
Cumberland fell in their second contest of the day in four sets to Indiana-Southeast. The Grenadiers out hit the Phoenix .246 to .118 and dominated the match in terms of kills 60-37.
The first set was a back and forth affair as neither team could separate themselves by more than two points until the Grenadiers were able to take a 23-20 lead late in the set. That lead proved to be enough as Indiana-Southeast took two of the next three points, closing out the set.
The Phoenix were able to keep the score close in the early parts of the second set as they found themselves down two points at 11-9, but a big 14-2 run by the Grenadiers gave them a 2-0 advantage in the match.
Things looked bleak for the Phoenix in the third set as they trailed by seven points at 20-13 but the Phoenix battled their way back. The Grenadiers held match point at 24-22 but four straight kills by Serna, Abby Akins, Diamond Brogan, and Nalovic gave the Phoenix their first lead of the match. Tied at 27, a big block by the CU defense and a kill by Mikayla Wickham gave the Phoenix the set.
Again Cumberland and the Grenadiers traded points in the fourth set. CU trailed early by just one at 12-11. Indiana-Southeast increased their lead to 19-14 but the Phoenix clawed their way back into the set tying the game 19. The Phoenix took their first lead of the set at 24-22, but four straight attack errors by the Phoenix gave Indiana-Southeast a 3-1 match victory.
The Phoenix are back in action at home when they take on Fisk at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday.