March 09, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Webber International152625251
Cumberland Univ.252817273
.202Hitting Pct..252
114Total Attacks115
Taffer - 16
KillsAmorim - 15
Segarra - 22
AssistsHogg - 24
Taffer - 2
AcesPierce - 2
Sturzoiu - 2
Bartlett - 8
DigsPierce - 7
Hogg - 7
Holmgren - 7
Lepever - 4
BlocksDavis - 5
Lester - 5
CU defeats Webber International in four sets
Saturday, March 9, 2019
CU defeats Webber International in four sets
Arthur Amorim posted 15 kills in CU's 3-1 win Saturday over Webber International. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Arthur Amorim collected 15 kills and Mason Chambers recorded 12 while Jordan Pierce and Brian Hogg combined for 44 assists in Cumberland’s 3-1 win over Webber International in men’s volleyball action here Saturday at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

The Phoenix (5-15, 5-4 Mid-South) end the weekend event with a 4 p.m. match against Brewton-Parker to conclude the six-team Mid-South Conference event.

Cumberland picked up where it left off Friday night in a victory versus Warner University, dominating the first set, 25-15, and taking an early lead in the second set, but the Warriors (5-8, 4-5) battled back and the teams went back-and-forth before the Phoenix pulled out the second set, 28-26.

Webber International took the third set, 25-17, thanks to some sloppy play from CU, but the home team rebounded in the final set, overcoming an early deficit and holding off the Warriors, 27-25.

Amorim and Chambers started quickly with kills and a block by Stephan Davis and Christian Lester put the Phoenix ahead in the first set, 7-2. Cumberland stretched the lead to 10-3 with spikes by Chambers and Pierce.

Zachary Ayala netted three kills, helping WIU get within 12-7, but Angel Acevedo Reyes recorded a pair of kills and Amorim got another for a 17-10 CU advantage. Chambers added another spike and Pierce collected two straight service aces to end the set, 25-15.

Acevedo Reyes started the second set with a block and Chambers’ kill evened things at five. Lester and Acevedo Reyes added kills and Pierce had one as well for a 9-8 CU edge. Amorim’s two spikes and one by Chambers kept the Phoenix within a point at 13-12.

Pedro Lepever and Luke Taffer each registered a pair of kills for the Warriors, but Pierce answered with two for Cumberland and one by Acevedo Reyes kept the deficit at one. The Phoenix pulled ahead, 20-18, with two service aces by Tyler Sturzoiu, but a pair of CU errors evened the set again.

Pierce and Chambers netted kills but Webber International was awarded a point because of a rotation error, tying the set at 22. Lester and Amorim posted back-to-back kills for a 25-24 edge and two WIU errors gave the Phoenix the second set, 28-26.

Davis and Amorim began the third set with a block and three kills by Chambers put Cumberland in front, 5-3. Lester recorded a block and Pierce added a kill for an 8-6 lead, but the Warriors scored five of the next six points, four of those on CU errors.

Taffer collected two kills and two more Phoenix errors gave Webber International a 17-11 advantage. The Warriors had too much momentum, with Taffer registering two more kills along with one apiece by Gabe Segarra and Chris Alvarez-Rivero. Acevedo Reyes and Amorim kept CU in the set but a block by Lepever and Tim Rouch, Jr., ended it, 25-17, for WIU.

Webber International pulled ahead, 6-4, in the fourth set thanks to two kills and a service ace by Taffer along with a kill from Steven Bartlett. Lepever and Bartlett added spikes for a 9-5 WIU advantage, but Pierce collected a kill and Acevedo Reyes netted two.

Amorim and Pierce combined for a block and Amorim collected three kills in the next five points, pulling the Phoenix within 13-12. Chambers registered back-to-back spikes to even the set at 15 and Pierce and Lester added a block for CU before another kill by Chambers made it 18-15 Cumberland.

The Warriors answered with three straight points before two kills by Lester, but a block by Lepever and Bartlett along with two kills by Taffer put WIU ahead, 23-20. Acevedo Reyes started a 4-0 mini-run for Cumberland with a kill and Amorim and Davis collected a block before a huge kill by Davis evened the set at 23.

Davis added a solo block for a one-point edge and Amorim and Davis netted kills before a final error (in the net) by the Warriors ended the march, 27-25, for CU.

Taffer posted 16 kills and Segarra dished out 22 assists for Webber International.