0, 1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Cumberland (Tenn.)252013141
Life (Ga.)212525253
CUTeam StatsLIFE
0.049Hitting Pct.0.194
144Total Attacks129
Mikayla Wickham - 13
KillsLiz Mann - 14
Sara Glassman - 23
AssistsTaylor Parrish - 38
Lyssette Serna - 3
AcesLiz Mann - 5
Ali Hanger - 20
DigsLiz Mann - 15
Marin Black - 15
Raegan Moeller - 3
BlocksMary Zimmerman - 8
Phoenix fall on the road, 3-1
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Phoenix fall on the road, 3-1
Mikayla Wickham posted 13 kills in CU's 3-1 loss Saturday at Life University. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Mikayla Wickham collected 13 kills and Cumberland won the first set, but Life University dominated the final two sets in a 3-1 victory over the Phoenix in women’s volleyball action Saturday in Marietta, Ga.

Cumberland dropped its fourth straight match overall and has played seven of its nine outings this season away from home.

The Phoenix (2-7, 0-2 Mid-South) started the match with six straight points in the opening set, including two kills from Wickham, one by Raegan Moeller and two service aces from Lyssette Serna. The Running Eagles (6-13, 1-1) pulled within 8-5 before kills by Abby Akins, Masa Nalovic and Serna made it 12-6 for the Phoenix.

Life ran off the next six points to even the set and from there it was nip-and-tuck before three kills in four points by Wickham gave Cumberland a 20-18 edge. Two kills by Akins and one from Nalovic extended the lead to 23-20 and Serna and Moeller finished off the set with kills for a 25-21 victory.

Kills by Serna, Wickham and Nalovic kept the second set close in the early going and a kill by Nicole Carey preceded a block from Moeller and Nalovic, giving CU an 11-8 advantage. Wickham added two more kills for a 14-11 lead, but the Running Eagles scored 11 of the next 14 points, including two kills from Olivia Thompson, one by Mary Zimmeman and a block by Zimmerman and Chelsea Hill.

Kills by Akins and Wickham ended the Life spurt but it was too little, too late for the Phoenix. Hill, Gaby Ferran and Alia Dorland all posted kills to end the set for the home team, 25-20.

Cumberland began the third set with an early lead (4-1) thanks to a block from Moeller and Wickham and a kill by Wickham, but a kill from Zimmerman and two by Liz Mann evened the set at five. Two kills from Nalovic evened the set at nine, but Life scored 10 straight points to take control.

Chelsea Hill recorded three kills along with a block with Thompson and Ferran added a kill during the 10-0 run. Solo blocks by Moeller and Serna ended the stretch but Hill and Ferran netted kills and blocks by Zimmerman and Hill and then Zimmerman and Taylor Parrish ended the set, 25-13.

Two kills by Zimmerman and blocks by Mann and Thompson and Taylor Parrish and Thompson put the Running Eagles ahead, 8-3, early in the fourth set, but a kill by Serna and three Life attack errors made it 8-7. Kills from Mann, Thompson and Hill along with a block by Thompson and Hill stretched the Life lead to 16-8.

A kill by Nalovic ended the run momentarily, but kills by Hill and Ferran and a block by Zimmerman and Ferran upped the advantage to 22-13. Mann posted two straight kills to end the match for Life, 25-14.

Cumberland hosts Shawnee State this Friday at 4 p.m. and the University of Pikeville on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.