|March 19, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Franqui - 1
Cardamone - 1
Sturzoiu - 7
LEBANON, Tenn. – Arthur Amorim collected nine kills and Mason Chambers added eight in a balanced attack while Jordan Pierce and Brian Hogg combined for 36 assists and Cumberland recorded 20 blocks in a 3-0 victory over Bluefield College in men’s volleyball action Tuesday night at Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.
The Phoenix (9-19, 7-4 Mid-South) remained in second place in the MSC North Division with conference matches remaining next week at Campbellsville University and Midway University. Cumberland also posted its sixth consecutive win at home dating to February 27.
The Phoenix hit .296 as a team and committed only 14 attack errors on 81 attempts. Pierce finished with six kills while Stephan Davis, Angel Acevedo Reyes and Christian Lester each netted five and Lester and Amorim combined for nine blocks.
Davis registered a solo block and Pierce and Lester combined for a block early in the first set. Kills by Lester and Amorim made it 9-7 CU and Davis and Amorim collected spikes for a 14-9 edge. Pierce and Acevedo Reyes netted kills and Amorim and Acevedo Reyes recorded a block.
Amorim tallied two more kills and Davis and Lester got another block before kills from Chambers, Lester and Pierce ended the set, 25-19.
Amorim and Acevedo Reyes started the second set with consecutive blocks and each player had a kill, but three Cumberland errors along with a kill by Eric Duron and a block by Duron and Chaz Franqui evened the set at six. Chambers and Pierce tallied kills and Lester posted a solo block and a kill for an 11-7 CU advantage.
Blocks from Amorim and Davis and later in the set, Lester and Pierce, kept the Phoenix in the lead. Lester and Chambers collected kills and Cumberland increased the edge to eight. Acevedo Reyes and Davis each recorded two kills over the final seven points, finishing the set, 25-17.
The Rams got the lead early in the third set behind three kills from Carleek Owens and two by Alberto Chiaparini, who added two more in the middle of the set for a 12-9 Bluefield advantage.
Cumberland scored seven of the next nine points, including blocks by Chambers and Lester and Pierce and Lester along kills by Chambers, Pierce and Amorim for a 16-14 CU lead. The Rams got within a point but the Phoenix stretched the lead to 19-15 with service aces by Lester and Pierce.
Amorim and Chambers added kills late in the set, keeping the Rams at bay despite kills from Chiaparini and Duron and a solo block by Duron. An attack error by Davis got Bluefield within 22-21, but two Chambers kills and a Rams error ended the match, 25-21.
Cumberland travels to the Chicago area this weekend for matches against Trinity Christian, St. Xavier University and Mount Mercy University.