|January 31, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
- 11||Kills||Kevin Gomez
- 14||Assists||Keegan Crawford
- 9||Digs||Emilier De Jesus
- 4||Blocks||Shevin Blades
LEBANON, Tenn.- The Phoenix fell short in Day One of the Thomas More Classic as they lost to Siena Heights in three sets.
Mason Chambers led the Phoenix in attacks with seven and digs with six. Brian Hogg led Cumberland in assists with 15.
Christian Lester started the game off for the Phoenix, as he was able to connect on an attack assisted by Brian Hogg to put the Phoenix up 1-0. The Saints were able to match a kill with one of their own from Evan Cashen. A spark lit under the Saints offense as they were able to go on a 12-0 run against the Phoenix, making the score of the game 13-1.
Lester was able to record a kill of an assist by Jordan Pierce to help the Phoenix put points on the board. The Saints were able to go back on another 5-0 run, allowing the Saints to lead the Phoenix 18-2. A pair of attacks from Pierce and multiple errors by the Saints allowed the Phoenix to begin a comeback as Cumberland was able to cut the lead to 21-10. A kill by Lester and an ace by Hogg allowed to hold the Saints at match point for numerous possessions, The Saints were able to connect on a service ace to end set one, winning 25-15.
The Saints jumped ahead of the Phoenix in set two as they were able to take a 4-0 lead. Back to back kill by Pierce and Hogg allowed the Phoenix to cut the lead to 5-3. A kill by Saint's Kevin Gomez and Jakob Pickett allowed Siena Heights to increase their lead to 9-5. Countless errors by the Phoenix continued to allow the Saints to increase their lead.
Double kills by Lester and a solo kill by James Born allowed the Phoenix to cut the lead down to 17-9. A service error by the Saints and a pair of attacks by Mason Chambers continued to let the Phoenix to cut the lead, as they cut the score down to 19-15. A service error by Pierce and an attack error by Michael Conway let the Saints to increase their score to 22-16. A kill by Lester and Conway helped the Phoenix to keep the score close as the Saints led 23-18. An attack error by Born and a kill by Saint's Bryce Johnson, allowed the Saints to take set two, 25-18.
The Phoenix started set three with a 2-0 lead, behind two kills by Chambers both assisted by Hogg. A service and set error by the Phoenix let the Saints tie the game at 2. Attack errors by Hogg and Tyler Sturziou let the Saints take a 6-4 lead. A pair of errors by the Saints and a kill from Lester and Chambers allowed the Phoenix to regain the lead with a score of 9-7. An attack error by Pierce allowed the Saints to tie the game at 10.
The Saints proceeded to go on a 6-0 run behind kills from Keegan Crawford and Johnson. A kill by Hogg and a double attack by Kona Carruthers helped the Phoenix cut the lead to 19-16. Two attack errors from the Saints allowed the Phoenix to cut the lead down to one making it 19-18. Four attack errors from the Phoenix allowed the Saints to take set three with a score of 25-18, letting them win the match 3-0.
The Phoenix will be competing in Day Two of the Thomas More Classic on February 1st, against Reinhardt University, Midway University, and Thomas More at 9 AM, 11 AM and 3 PM.