- 7||Kills||Jessyca Watson
Rachael Gunn - 10
- 11||Assists||Katelyn Van Hooser
|Aces||Katelyn Van Hooser
- 8||Digs||Giulia Zilotti
- 4||Blocks||Jessyca Watson
LEBANON, Tenn. – The Phoenix fell to Bethel in straight sets after boasting just a .060 hitting percentage as the Wildcats nearly doubled Cumberland in kills as they managed 42 to CU’s 24. Masa Nalovic had a team-high seven kills as Abby Adkins added six.
Bethel controlled the first set from start after recording a .467 hitting percentage to the Phoenix .370. Nalovic led the attack for Cumberland after recording four of her six match kills in the set.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 9-5 lead over the Phoenix as Cumberland was able to cut that lead to just three, at 9-7, after a block by Mikayla Wickham and Raegan Moeller and a kill by Sadie Edmonston. Bethel responded with an 8-4 run to increase their lead to 17-11. The Phoenix battle back to trail by just three at 18-15, but Bethel captured seven of the final ten points to take the set.
In the second set, Bethel managed an early 6-2 lead after the Phoenix committed four errors. Bethel was able to hold on to that four point advantage as the teams traded points all the way to a 14-12 Wildcat lead. A kill by Adkins and three straight attack errors by Bethel allowed the Phoenix to level the score at 14.
After trading points, Bethel managed to string together five straight points to take a 21-15 edge in the set. Cumberland made one final push as they managed to cut the BU lead to two points at 24-22. They did so after two kills by Serna, and one by Atkins and Wickham, as well as a few attack errors by the Wildcats. But, an attack error by the Phoenix during the final point of the set would give Bethel a 2-0 match lead.
Bethel dominated the third set after jumping out to a commanding 11-2 lead as they recorded two service aces and the Phoenix committed five errors during the Wildcat run. Cumberland would be outscored 14-8 the rest of the way to fall in straight sets, 3-0 to the Wildcats.
The Phoenix are back in action at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 6th when they have a rematch with Bethel at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.