March 08, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Warner University292812211
Cumberland Univ.273025253
WARTeam StatsCU
.128Hitting Pct..327
117Total Attacks113
Morales - 15
KillsPierce - 16
Zamora - 31
AssistsHogg - 26
Morales - 1
Vasquez - 1
AcesKnight - 3
PanchamePacon - 10
DigsPierce - 9
Gonzalez - 3
BlocksLester - 5
Phoenix men post 3-1 victory over Warner
Friday, March 8, 2019
Phoenix men post 3-1 victory over Warner
Jordan Pierce came up one dig shy of a triple-double, finishing with 16 kills, 21 assists and nine digs in CU's 3-1 win Friday night over Warner. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Jordan Pierce registered 16 kills, 21 assists and nine digs and Arthur Amorim added 14 kills, as Cumberland battled through two tough sets before pulling away for a 3-1 victory against Warner University in men’s volleyball action here Friday night at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

The Phoenix play again twice Saturday, taking on Webber International at Noon and Brewton-Parker at 4 p.m. to conclude the six-team Mid-South Conference event.

The two teams were dead even with 27 kills and 19 digs apiece after two sets, but Cumberland started quickly and got some breaks in the third set, starting with a block by Amorim and Stephan Davis and kills by Mason Chambers and Christian Lester, with the duo combining for 10 kills in the match.

The Royals committed four errors and a spike by Pierce gave CU a 9-2 edge and forced a timeout from Warner, who pulled within 11-7 thanks to kills from Jose Gonzalez and Jose Morales along with a block by Gonzalez and Zion Hill.

Cumberland answered with six straight points, including two blocks from Angel Acevedo Reyes and Lester along with a kill from Pierce and a service ace by Jaycob Holmgren. Pierce and Acevedo Reyes, who finished with 10 kills as well, extended the lead to 19-10 with spikes and the duo each posted another for a 22-11 advantage.

Amorim got the final point with a kill down the middle and the Phoenix led 2-sets-to-1 with a 25-12 set victory.

Cumberland started quickly again in the fourth set with kills by Stephan Davis and Chambers along with a service ace by Jaret Knight for a 7-3 edge. Lester and Pierce combined for a block and two kills by Pierce and one from Acevedo Reyes made it 11-5 CU.

Amorim collected three kills in a five-point stretch for the Phoenix, forcing a timeout by the Royals, with CU leading 15-7. Davis and Chambers increased the advantage to 18-10 with spikes, but Warner would not go away, running off four straight points thanks to two kills by Morales and two CU errors.

Chambers and Acevedo Reyes kept Cumberland in front and another kill by Acevedo Reyes put the Phoenix ahead, 21-18. Ytalo Vasquez and Augusto Silva pulled Warner within 21-19 and the Royals looked like they made it a one-point game but Silva was called in the net, keeping the Cumberland lead at two.

The teams traded errors before kills by Amorim and Lester finished off the victory for the Phoenix, 25-21.

Brian Hogg added 26 assists for Cumberland and the home team collected 40 digs, seven from Tyler Sturzoiu, and 16 total blocks, five by Lester.

Morales led the Royals with 15 kills, Vasquez added 10 and Franky Zamora handed out 31 assists.