- 19||Kills||Noelani Simpson
- 35||Assists||Sierra Conn
Kara Snell - 1
Lyssette Serna - 1
- 27||Digs||Hunter Clewis
- 4||Blocks||Amanda Gooding
LEBANON, Tenn. – Masa Nalovic recorded a double-double with 19 kills and 11 digs, Kara Snell posted 27 digs and Sara Glassman handed out 35 assists, season-high for all three players, in Cumberland’s 3-1 victory Saturday over the University of Pikeville in women’s volleyball action in Pikeville, Ky.
The Phoenix (11-14, 5-5 Mid-South) won their third straight match overall and have three of their last four outings in conference play.
Mikayla Wickham registered 12 kills and Abby Akins added 10 for Cumberland, with CU tallying 89 kills as a team, including five players in double figures.
The Phoenix started quickly thanks to four kills from Akins and two by Wickham for an 11-6 CU advantage. The Bears (9-20, 0-11) got within a point on a kill by Noelani Simpson, a service ace from Sierra Conn and a block by Mikayla Frye.
Cumberland scored nine of the next 13 points behind two kills apiece by Nalovic and Raegan Moeller and a set attack from Glassman. Pikeville pulled within 22-20 with two kills by Simpson and one from Cassie Jones, but a kill from Wickham and an error for the Bears gave CU the opening set, 25-23.
CU got off to a quick start again in the second set, taking a 6-1 edge on two kills by Nalovic and one each from Akins and Luciana Arena. Wickham registered two kills and Lyssette Serna added one for a 9-7 edge and the Phoenix led 13-11 before four straight points from the Bears, including three errors by CU.
Cumberland put together a 6-1 spurt with two kills by Akins and one from Wickham and the visitors led 22-19 before a 7-2 run by the Bears to end the set. Simpson collected four straight kills and five in six points. Clewis added a kill and a final error by the Phoenix gave Pikeville the set, 26-24.
CU rebounded in the third set, taking control early with a 10-5 run to begin. Nalovic posted two kills and the Phoenix got three blocks, one solo by Arena as well as combinations from Wickham and Arkins and Arena and Akins. Serna and Wickham collected kills before another block by Wickham and Arena made it 16-11.
Two errors by the Phoenix and a kill from Clewis pulled the Bears within 16-14, but kills by Arena, Nalovic and Moeller pushed the CU lead to 23-17. Nalovic got the final two spikes for a 25-20 set victory.
Pikeville got the early lead in the fourth set thanks to two kills by Amanda Gooding and one from Frye for a 7-3 advantage. Cumberland chipped away at the deficit with two kills by Wickham and one from Akins. Three kills from Nalovic and one apiece by Akins and Arena got CU within 15-14.
The Phoenix scored 11 of the final 15 points of the set to take the match, with Serna, Moeller and Nalovic recording kills to start the run. Serna and Wickham posted kills for a 23-19 edge and Akins and Nalovic got the final two for another 25-20 set win.
Cumberland begins a seven-match homestand this Tuesday, taking on sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson on Tuesday at 7 p.m.