0, 1st2nd3rdFinal
Lincoln (Ill.)2114200
Cumberland (Tenn.)2525253
LINCTeam StatsCU
0.089Hitting Pct.0.193
28Kills33
20Errors17
90Total Attacks83
21Assists33
1Aces11
31Digs38
3.0Blocks2.0
LINCLeadersCU
Jon Lindner - 7
KillsMason Chambers - 11
Miguel Garcia - 19
AssistsJordan Pierce - 18
Jon Lindner - 1
AcesJordan Pierce - 3
Tyler Sturzoiu - 3
Jon Lindner - 8
Trenton Kielion - 8
DigsChristian Lester - 9
Miguel Garcia - 1
William Moore - 1
Jamal Singleton - 1
BlocksKona Carruthers - 2
0, 1st2nd3rdFinal
Ottawa (Kan.)2525253
Cumberland (Tenn.)1821170
OTTTeam StatsCU
0.367Hitting Pct.0.124
41Kills33
12Errors22
79Total Attacks89
40Assists30
2Aces2
29Digs24
4.0Blocks5.0
OTTLeadersCU
Tyler Gardenhire - 18
KillsMason Chambers - 12
Jacob Frederick - 26
AssistsBrian Hogg - 15
Ashan Jordan - 1
Aseah Thomas - 1
AcesMason Chambers - 1
Christian Lester - 1
Brennan Hagar - 10
DigsBrian Hogg - 7
Alex Taylor - 2
Troy Lance - 2
BlocksKona Carruthers - 4
Phoenix Split Matches in Day Two of Viking Invitational
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Phoenix Split Matches in Day Two of Viking Invitational
Jordan Pierce recorded 30 assist for the Phoenix in the second day of the Viking Invitational (Credit: Kyle Allen)

LEBANON, Tenn.- The Phoenix were able to split games in day two of the Viking Invitational by defeating the Lincoln College Lynx 3-0, but coming up short against to the #10 Ottawa University Braves, 0-3.

Mason Chambers led the Phoenix in kills with 23, as Jordan Pierce led the team in assist with 30 and Brian Hogg followed behind with 29 assist.

The Phoenix started a quick 2-0 lead over the Lynx behind an attack by Christian Lester assisted by Hogg. The Lynx were able to tie the score at 2, but another attack by Lester and a serving error by the Lynx allowed the Phoenix to take a 4-2 lead. A pair of kills from Tyler Sturzoiu and a solo kill from Hogg put the Phoenix up 8-5. The Lynx were able to tie the score at 8, by an ace and a kill from Kenneth Koster. Kills by Chambers and Pierce allowed the Phoenix to continue with the lead with a score of 14-11.

 Continuous errors by the Phoenix allowed the Lynx to tie the game at 16. A pair of ace’s by Conway and a kill by Sturziou allowed the Phoenix to take a huge 21-16 lead. A couple of attack errors by the Phoenix allowed the Lynx to cut the lead to 21-19. A kill by Hogg was able to put the game in match point for the Phoenix and Chambers finished the game off with a huge kill to take set one 25-21.

The Lynx jumped to a 3-1 lead in the beginning of the second set, a kill by Pierce and Chambers allowed the Phoenix to tie the game 3-3. A kill by Kona Carruthers and multiple attack errors by the Lynx let the Phoenix take an 8-7 lead. Back to back ace’s from Sturziou on top of a Lynx attack error allows the Phoenix to take a 13-8 lead. A kill by Chambers that was assisted by Hogg helped increase the score to 19-11 Phoenix lead. Two kills by the Lynx began to cut the lead down but a service error by the Lynx and an ace by Chambers ended the set 25-14.

Cumberland started set three with a quick 3-0 lead off of three consecutive attacking errors from the Lynx. An ace by Lester and a kill by Chamber increased the Phoenix to a 5-1 lead. Two quick kills by the Lynx were able to cut the lead but a pair of aces from Pierce, and a kill by Chambers puts Cumberland ahead 8-4. Another kill by Chambers that was assisted by Pierce on top of numerous attacking errors by the Lynx allowed the Phoenix to take an 11-4 lead. An attack error by Lester, and a set error by Pierce helped the Lynx cut the lead to 14-7.

A kill by Lincoln’s Miguel Garcia and a service error by Hogg helped the Lynx cut the lead to 16-10. Kill by Lester and a ball handling error by the Lynx, let the Phoenix to take a 19-12 lead. The Lynx were able to connect on two kills to cut the lead but the Phoenix were able to take advantage of a pair of errors to increase their lead to 23-17. A kill from Lester and Sturziou helped the Phoenix end the game 25-20, and winning the match, 3-0.

The Braves jumped to a quick 3-0 lead over the Phoenix in set one, A kill by Hogg and Chambers out the Phoenix on the board making the score 5-2, Braves lead. A kill and block by Troy Lance put the Braves ahead 7-2, a pair of kills by Chambers both assisted by Hogg allowed the Phoenix to cut the lead to 9-4. An attack error by Lester and a pair of kills by the Braves, allowed the Braves to take a 13-4 lead. A kill by Hogg and Lester helped the Phoenix cut the lead down to 16-8.

A pair of attack errors by Ottawa’s Tyler Gardenhire continued to cut the lead for the Phoenix to 17-11. A crucial block by Carruthers and an ace from Lester allowed to only be down by 5. Continuous errors from the Phoenix put the Braves in match point, which then allowed Lance to take set one for the Braves with a score of 25-18.

Chambers started out strong for the Phoenix as he put them on a 2-0 start with two monster kills. The braves attacked back and was able to tie the game at 4. Errors on both teams allowed the Phoenix to take a 6-4 lead. A kill by Lester and an ace by Chamber increased the lead for the Phoenix with a score of 11-10. Two kills by the Braves were matched by a kill by Lester and Chambers to cut the Braves lead to 14-13.

 A block by Carruthers and a huge kill by Born was just enough to tie the game at 17. The Braves began to go on a run until Chambers was able to connect on a kill to cut the lead 20-19. A kill by Lance and a serving error by the Phoenix put the Braves in match point. An attack error by Chambers allowed the Braves to take set two 25-21.

The Braves started out to a 3-0 run, until it came to a stop by a kill from Pierce that was assisted by Hogg. Quick attacks by the Braves helped increase their lead over the Phoenix 7-2. Cumberland was able to catch a break as back to back attack errors by the Braves helped the Phoenix to cut the lead to 8-5. Attack errors by Cumberland from Born and Lester continued to let the Braves increase their score to 11-5. A kill by Pierce and Lester cut down the lead to 14-10, but continuous attack errors by the Phoenix allowed the Braves to put the game away as they were able to end off an ace point to end the set 25-17.

 The Phoenix will continue on the road as they will be traveling to Crestview Hills, KY to compete in the Thomas More Classic on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st.