- 11||Kills||Matthew Corrales
- 17||Assists||Ricardo Mujica
- 1||Aces||Matthew Corrales
- 14||Digs||Reynaldo Medina
- 4||Blocks||Matthew Corrales
LEBANON, Tenn.- The Cumberland Phoenix fell to the Reinhardt University Eagles, 3-1 on Friday night in Lawrenceburg N.C.
Christian Lester led the Phoenix with 11 kills, while Tyler Sturziou followed behind with nine of his own. Mason Chambers was able to record 10 digs for the Phoenix and Brian Hogg and Jordan Pierce both recorded double digit assists with 17 and 15.
The Eagles started out on a 2-1 lead over the Phoenix that came from an ace by the Eagles and a serving error from Pierce. The Phoenix were able to fight back and tie the game at 3 with a huge kill by Kona Carruthers which was assisted by Pierce. Multiple errors by the eagles and a pair of kills by Sturziou allowed the Phoenix to go on a 5-0 run to increase the lead to 8-3.
A service error by Michael Conway and Hogg helped the Eagles to cut the lead to 9-5. A pair of kills from Lester and an attack error by Reinhardt’s John Hynes helped the Phoenix increase the lead to 14-7. Another pair of kills by Sturziou on top of an attack error by Eagle’s Matthew Corrales, continued to increase the Phoenix lead to 18-10. Multiple attack errors by Lester began to cut the lead down for the Eagles making the score 20-13.
A spark came under the Phoenix offense as they were able to dominate the court as they were able to take a 24-16 lead that came behind a kill from Carruthers and Chambers to put the Phoenix in set point. A huge block from Carruthers allowed the Phoenix to take set one over the Eagles, 25-16.
Set two started off slow for the Phoenix as the Reinhardt’s Corrales was able to connect on a pair of kills to put the Eagles ahead 2-0. Luckily off of back to back attack errors from Hynes helped the Phoenix tie the game up at 2. Multiple errors by the Phoenix and a kill by Chase Cross allowed the Eagles to take a 5-0 lead, making the score 7-2. The Phoenix were able to fight back and tie the game up at nine, which came from a pair of kills by Sturziou and a solo kill from Lester on top of multiple attack errors from the Eagles.
Three recorded kills by Corrales sparked the Eagles to a 15-13 lead, which then resulted into the Eagles going on a 4-0 run, making the score 19-13 Eagles lead. The Phoenix began to chip at the lead from a solo kill from Pierce, Lester, and Sturziou, cutting the lead down to 23-20. The Eagles were able to connect on two more kills and win set two, 25-21.
Set three was a very back and forth game for both teams, Cross was able to put the first points on the board for the Eagles but Lester was able to match back quickly with a kill of his own to begin the set. A kill by Conway and Lester allowed the Phoenix to tie the game up at 4. Attack errors by Lester and Chambers allowed the Eagle to regain the lead by increasing the score to 7-5. A kill by James Born and an attack error by Corrales helped the eagles back into the game by tying the game up at 8.
An ace and a pair of kills by Reinhardt continued to let the Eagles to hold onto the lead by making the score 15-12. Back to back kills by Chambers and an attack error by Corrales had the Phoenix down by just two at 17-15. Continuous errors on both teams allowed the score to increase to 21-19, still Eagles lead. Huge kills by Lester helped the Phoenix to tie the game at 21.
A solo kill by Cross and Corrales and an attack error by Sturziou allowed the Eagles to reach set point with a score of 24-21. Solo kills by Lester and Born cut the lead down to 24-23 but the Eagles were able to record the set point off a kill from Corrales, letting the Eagles to take set three, 25-23.
A kill from Hogg and multiple attack errors from both teams ended up making the game tied at 4 to begin the set four. The Eagles weren’t holding back as they went on a 7-0 run against the Phoenix coming from a pair of kills by Cross and a pair of aces. An attack by Born and Sturziou started to cut the lead down making the score 15-8. Born was able to connect on another kill but Reinhardt was able to attack back to help increase their lead to 18-11.
Three kills by the Eagles continued to increase their lead, making the score 22-12. A pair of attack errors by Corrales and a pair of Kills by Pierce started a little bit of a comeback for the Phoenix as they cut down the score to 24-17. The Eagles were able to find Corrales and he was able to record the winning kill, allowing the Eagles to beat the Phoenix in set four, 25-21, which allowed Reinhardt to win the match 3-1.
The Phoenix will continue to play on the road as they will face against St. Andrews on Saturday, February 15 in Lawrenceburg, N.C. at 12:30 PM.