January 19, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
Fontbonne Univ.2525253
Cumberland Univ.1216200
.353Hitting Pct..045
68Total Attacks89
Farley - 11
Schwartze - 11
KillsAmorim - 7
Davis - 7
K. Rossum-O'Connell - 29
AssistsKnight - 14
K. Rossum-O'Connell - 1
Hadzisalihovic - 1
Farley - 1
AcesAmorim - 1
Rothstein - 8
DigsAcevedo Reyes - 4
Farley - 5
BlocksAmorim - 2
Lester - 2
Fontbonne too much for Phoenix
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Fontbonne too much for Phoenix
Stephan Davis posted seven kills in CU's loss Saturday to Fontbonne. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Josh Faley and Brendon Schwartze registered 11 kills apiece for Fontbonne University, offsetting Cumberland’s balanced attack in a 3-0 victory for the Griffins here Saturday in men’s volleyball action at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

The Phoenix lost both matches in the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge at home but improved with every set, posting a better hitting percentage in each set. Fontbonne recorded a pair of wins on Saturday after a sweep earlier in the day against Bluefield College.

Kyle van Rossum-O’Connell handed out 29 assists for the Griffins, who hit .353 overall for the match.

Jaret Knight registered 14 assists and Brian Hogg added 12 for Cumberland.

The Phoenix got off to a good start in the match behind kills from Tyler Sturzoiu and Christian Lester as well as a block by Lester, taking a 5-2 edge in the opening set. The Griffins posted seven of the next eight points, though, thanks to kills by Braden Woolsey, Cameron Graves and Rossum-O’Connell.

Fontbonne continued the run with two kills by Schwartze and one from Nate Paasch along with three attack errors from the Phoenix for a 16-7 advantage. Schwartze and Josh Farley netted kills later in the set before Sturzoiu and Arthur Amorim answered for CU, but Farley added a spike and an error by Cumberland ended the set, 25-12.

The Phoenix took an early lead in the second set as well, this time with the help of a block and a kill by Stephan Davis along with a spike from Angel Acevedo Reyes. Schwartze’s kill and a service ace by Emir Hadzisalihovic evened the set at eight.

Schwartze posted two more kills and combined with Farley and Woolsey for a block, but Lester countered with a pair of spikes for CU, making it 12-11 Griffins. The lead stayed between one and two points for Fontbonne with kills by Acevedo Reyes and Amorim keeping the Phoenix close.

Another spike by Amorim pulled CU within 17-16 before the Griffins scored the final eight points of the set, including three kills by Farley and the final one from Schwartze for a 25-16 set victory.

Woolsey began the third set with a pair of kills and combined with Farley for a block and a 7-2 Fontbonne advantage. Davis tallied three kills early in the final set and Sturzoiu added one as well, cutting the deficit to 8-6.

Lester’s block and two kills from Acevedo Reyes made it 11-10 and Amorim’s spike knotted the set at 12. Schwartze and Farley answered with kills along with a service ace from Rossum-O’Connell, but two kills from Davis and one from Amorim pulled CU within 17-14.

Farley and Graves traded kills with Davis and Lester but kills by Graves and Hadzisalohovic and another from Woolsey nearly ended the match. Schwartze’s block and a kill by Farley did just that for a 25-20 final set for Fontbonne.

Cumberland heads to Parkville, Mo., next weekend for four matches, taking on Morningside College, Briar Cliff, host Park University and Ottawa University beginning Friday.