- 5||Kills||Hiago Crins
- 15||Assists||Luciano Bucci
Christian Lester - 4
- 10||Kills||Luka Cajic
- 20||Assists||Jason Harman
- 1||Aces||Miljan Kastratovic
Luka Cajic - 1
- 8||Digs||Skyler Capllonch
- 4||Blocks||Miljan Kastratovic
Drew Iliff - 2
Gabe Norsigian - 2
LEBANON, Tenn.- The Phoenix fell short in day one of the Viking invitational in Marshall, MO by losing to Park University Pirates, 3-0 and Missouri Baptist Knights, 3-0.
Mason Chambers led the Phoenix in kills with 15, as Brian Hogg led the team in assists with 35 in both games combined.
Set one was started off fast for both teams as Park began the game going up 2-0, but a kill by Michael Conway and Chambers was able to tie the game at 2. A serving ace and kill by Lester was just enough to put the Phoenix ahead 4-3. The Pirates attacked back with their own ace, and kill by Gabriel Soares which allowed the Pirates to take a 7-6 lead. Multiple errors by Cumberland allowed the Pirates to go on a run as they increased the score to 14-7. The Phoenix were able to take advantage of the Pirates miscues and cut the lead to 14-9.
Another ace by the Pirates, and a set error by Hogg allowed the Pirates to increase their lead to 16, but a bad serve by Park’s Mateus Martin and an attack error, allowed the Phoenix to only be down 17-11. A service error by Jordan Pierce and another ace by the Pirates, allowed Park to take a 20-12 lead, which then resulted in the Pirates taking set one 25-13, behind another ace and a ball handling error by Lester.
Park was able to jump into another quick 2-0 start but the Phoenix were able attack back quickly from a kill by Tyler Sturziou and a bad set by the Pirates to let Cumberland tie the game up at 2-2. Kona Carruthers had an attack error for the Phoenix but was able to make up for it with a kill to tie the game up at 5. Multiple attacks by Lester, James Born and Conway allowed the Pirates to take a 13-5 lead. Conway was able to bring some life back for the Phoenix as he executed a monster attack that was assisted from Hogg to cut the lead to 13-6.
Double kills by both teams allowed the score to increase to 16-9, an attack error by Pierce and Chambers allowed the Pirates lead to continue as the score was 19-9. A kill by Carruthers and a miscommunication by the Pirates, allowed Cumberland to cut the lead down to 19-11. An attack by Park and double attack errors by the Phoenix allowed the Pirates to take a 24-11 lead. A kill by Pierce and a ball handling error on the Pirates, wasn’t enough for the Phoenix as they fell in set two with a score of 25-13.
Cumberland started set three with the lead off a kill by Conway, but the Pirates retaliated back as they recorded three kills from Felipe Chagas and Hiago Crines, and two blocks which allowed them to take over the lead 5-1. The Pirates continued their run as Chagas recorded a block and Crines recorded another kill to put the Pirates up 8-1.
A kill by Conway was able to increase the Phoenix score but the Pirates matched it to make the score 9-2. Chambers recorded a kill off an assist by Pierce to help the Phoenix but continues errors by the Phoenix allowed the Pirates to take a 13-4 lead. A serving error by Park helped the Phoenix to cut down the lead but an attack error by Ginnings and Hogg allowed the Pirates to take a 16-5 lead.
Multiple kills by the Pirates allowed them to take a 21-6 lead, until Lester was able to connect on an attack on top of a Pirates error to cut the lead down to 22-8. A kill by Chambers continued to help the Phoenix was just wasn’t enough as back to back kills by the Pirates allowed them to take set three 25-9, winning the match 3-0.
Cumberland started out fast in set one against the Missouri Baptist Knights as they took a 2-0 lead. A kill by Pierce, and Chambers which were both assisted by Hogg allowed the Phoenix to take a 6-2 lead after two kills by the Knights. A Serving error by Pierce allowed the knights to get back into the game until Lester had a monster attack on top of multiple attack errors by the Knights to let Cumberland take a 9-4 lead. Missouri Baptist fought back and brought the game to just a one point difference which came from kills by Mijan Kastratrovic and Mario Lucas.
Another kill by Kastratrovic and attack errors from Conway and Carruthers, allowed the Knights to take a 13-10 lead. A Serving error and double attacking errors by the Knights, allowed the Phoenix to cut the lead down to 15-14. After a kill by Lester to tie the game at 15, Drew Lliff for the Knights connected on a kill himself, which was on top of a serving error to help the Knights to keep the lead at 18-16. Another kill by Lliff helped the Knights increase their score but errors allowing the Phoenix to continue to fight as they cut the lead down to 20-18. Conway was able to come in with the clutch kill to cut the game closer but just wasn’t enough as the Knights were able to pull out set one with a score of 25-20.
The Knights came after the Phoenix in set two as they started ahead 5-0. Born was able to put the Phoenix on the board from an assist by Hogg. A block by Lester and Chambers and a serving error by the knights allowed the Phoenix to be down 6-4. Kills from Lester and Born and a pair of serving errors allowed the Phoenix to take the first lead of the game at 9-8. Back to back kills by Chambers and Pierce, increased the lead for the Phoenix to 14-12.
A block and kill by Lliff allowed the Knights to tie the game at 14. Multiple errors by the Phoenix and only a single one by the Knights allowed the Knights to take the lead 19-15. A kill by Carruthers and another set error by the Knights let the Phoenix cut the lead tro 19-17. Attack errors by Lester and Pierce and two on the Knights kept the game close at 23-21, but the Knights were able to connect on two more kills to win set two 25-22.
An ace and kill by the Knights put them ahead of set three 2-0, but a kill by Lester and back to back blocks from the Phoenix allowed Cumberland to take a 4-2 lead. A kill by Kastratovic was matched by Chambers which continued the Phoenix to be ahead 6-5. The Knights began to go on a run as they were able to take advantage of attack error by Pierce and serving error by Chambers as they made the score 12-8. A kill by Lester and Hogg helped the Phoenix to cut the lead but continues miscues by the Phoenix allowed the Knights to keep a 15-10 lead.
A kill by Pierce and an attacking error by the Knight let the Phoenix to be behind by only three, but a set error by Hogg and a kill by Luka Cajic allowed the Knights to take a 17-12 lead. Two huge attacks by Chambers and a pair of errors by the Knights cut the lead to 18-16. An aggressive block by Pierce and a well needed service error by the Knights continued to let the Phoenix cut the lead to 20-19. Continues errors by the Phoenix allowed the Knights to pull out the win in set three with a score of 25-19, allowing Missouri Baptist to win the match, 3-0.
The Phoenix will be competing in day two of the Viking Invitational on January, 25th against Lincoln College and Ottawa University at 10:30 AM and 1 PM