St. Andrews (N.C.)
- 9||Kills||Jacob DeSouza
- 15||Assists||Jackson Stark
Jaret Knight - 11
Jordan Pierce - 1
Stephan Davis - 1
Angel Acevedo Reyes - 1
Christian Lester - 1
LEBANON, Tenn. – Mason Chambers recorded nine kills and Arthur Amorim added eight, but Cumberland was unable to close out sets, falling 3-0 to St. Andrews University in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Volleyball Championships on Saturday in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Phoenix (11-24) ended their season against the MSC regular season champions, falling 27-25, 25-21 and 30-28 to the Knights (19-5). Cumberland led 24-22 in the first set, 21-20 in the second and was tied at 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 in the third set.
Jordan Pierce posted seven kills, 14 assists and 11 digs while Christian Lester added seven kills. Brian Hogg handed out 15 assists and Jaret Knight collected 11 digs as well.
Amorim started the match with a kill for the Phoenix and Chambers registered a pair before one by Perice put CU ahead, 7-5. Lester and Pierce tallied spikes to even the set at nine and kills by Amorim and Chambers kept Cumberland within a point. Chambers and Lester netted kills for 15-all and a 4-0 spurt that included spikes by Pierce and Angel Acevedo Reyes put the Phoenix in the lead, 19-17.
The Knights scored three straight but a kill from Pierce and two St. Andrews errors made it 22-20 CU. SAU had two service errors, giving Cumberland a 24-22 edge, but two errors by the Phoenix and a block from Jacob DeSouza and Ben Twigger put the Knights in front, 25-24.
Lester answered with a kill for Cumberland, but DeSouza posted a kill and Edgar Huerta and Twigger ended the set with a block, 27-25.
Cumberland fell behind 5-1 in the second set before Amorim and Pierce pulled the Phoenix within 7-5. Acevedo Reyes added a kill and Amorim and Acevedo Reyes collected a block, keeping it a two-point deficit.
Stephan Davis provided a block and then a kill and Lester collected a kill and combined with Pierce for a block before an error by the Knights put the Phoenix ahead, 17-14. Kills by Pierce and Acevedo Reyes pushed the score to 20-17.
St. Andrews scored eight of the last nine points in the set, including a kill by Huerta and two from DeSouza along with a block by Nate Blackwell, Daryn Friedman and DeSouza. Friedman posted two straight service aces to end the set, 25-21.
Chambers registered five kills in the first seven CU points of the third set and Cumberland led 10-8 after three SAU errors. St. Andrews posted seven of the next nine points with kills by Blackwell, DeSouza and Huerta, but Lester collected a spike, pulling the Phoenix within 16-14.
Pierce and Acevedo Reyes collected kills and another by Amorim made it 21-20 Knights. Davis and Lester kept the Phoenix within a point and an error knotted the set at 24. Amorim tallied two kills to tie the score at 26 and 27 and a SAU error evened things at 28 before a kill by Huerta and a block from DeSouza and Twigger ended the match, 30-28.