LEBANON, Tenn.- Cumberland University men's volleyball was selected fourth in the Mid-South Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll released earlier this week by the league office.
Head coach Scott Barbe begins his second season with the Phoenix and returns six players from last year's roster including Second Team All-Mid-South Conference selections Jordan Pierce and Mason Chambers. The club finished 11-24 overall, 8-5 in the Mid-South Conference.
Pierce ranks first on the club with 484 assists, 4.61 per set, while adding 129 kills and 173 digs. The Huntsville, Ala., native posted a triple double with 10 kills, 15 assists and 10 digs versus Siena Heights and nearly recorded another against Warner with 16 kills, 21 assists and nine digs. He collected six outings with 20-plus assists and averaged 7.6 digs per match over the last nine outings.
Chambers netted 167 kills, 73 digs and 22 total blocks for the Phoenix. The Lebanon native posted 12 kills against Webber International and a combined 21 in the two meetings with Midway University. He averaged 7.0 kills per match in conference play, including six outings with eight or more kills.
Cumberland opens up the season this weekend at home hosting the Phoenix Men's Volleyball Classic.