0, 1st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
William Penn (Iowa)22252226153
Cumberland (Tenn.)25162524112
WPUTeam StatsCU
0.269Hitting Pct.0.107
52Kills47
20Errors34
119Total Attacks122
47Assists45
6Aces6
35Digs40
11.0Blocks6.0
WPULeadersCU
Ike Papes - 20
KillsJordan Pierce - 16
Connor Muff - 40
AssistsBrian Hogg - 38
Charlie Figy - 2
Connor Muff - 2
AcesTyler Sturzoiu - 4
Anthony Torres - 8
DigsBrian Hogg - 11
Eli Herro - 7
BlocksChristian Lester - 3
0, 1st2nd3rdFinal
Cumberland (Tenn.)2219170
Missouri Baptist2525253
CUTeam StatsMBU
0.000Hitting Pct.0.172
22Kills34
22Errors18
86Total Attacks93
21Assists31
2Aces10
36Digs39
3.0Blocks6.0
CULeadersMBU
Jordan Pierce - 9
KillsMiljan Kastratovic - 11
Brian Hogg - 17
AssistsJason Harman - 26
Brian Hogg - 2
AcesMilos Markovic - 5
Caleb Ginnings - 17
DigsStephen Menzel - 13
Jordan Pierce - 2
BlocksGabe Norsigian - 3
Cumberland Falls to William Penn and Missouri Baptist
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Cumberland Falls to William Penn and Missouri Baptist
Jordan Pierce recorded 24 kills on the day against William Penn and Missouri Baptist

St. Louis, Mo.- The Cumberland Phoenix went 0-2 on the day as they fell to William Penn in a tight match losing 3-2, as well as losing to Missouri Baptist in three sets.

Cumberland vs William Penn

Jordan Pierce led the Phoenix in kills with 15, while Christian Lester followed behind with 14. Brian Hogg led the team in assists and digs with 38 and 11.

The Phoenix started out slow to start the set, as the Statesmen were able to jump to a 3-1 lead.  A quick strike from Tyler Sturzoiu and Asa Sewell allowed the Phoenix to tie the game at 10. The Phoenix began to take advantage of the Statesmen miscues as they were able to go on a 3-0 run, leading 18-14. With a pair of aces and kills by the Phoenix they were able to take set one with a score of 25-22.

The start of set two was very sluggish for the Phoenix as the Statesmen were able to take a 6-3 lead due to miscommunications by the Phoenix. Multiple errors by the Statesmen and a kill by Pierce help cut the lead to 13-7. Errors on both sides of the court resulted in the score to be cut down by four at 19-15. A kill by Williams Penn’s Ike Papes and Connor Muff helped the Statesmen pull out the win in set two, 25-16.

A spark lit under the Phoenix offense as they jumped to a 7-3 start coming from a pair of kills by Lester and a solo by Codville Rogers all assisted by Hogg. The Statesmen began to rally back as they were able to tie the game at 12 due to a pair of kills by Papes and a kill by Charlie Figy. Multiple errors by both teams resulted in a close game as they remained tied at 20. A pair of kills by Sturzoiu and Lester brought the Phoenix victory in set three, 25-22.

The momentum continued in set four for the Phoenix as they recorded nine straight points, due to a pair of aces by Sturzoiu and three huge kills by Pierce, putting Cumberland ahead 11-2. The Statesmen could not find the right solution as continuous errors occurred to put the Phoenix ahead 19-10. A crazy turnaround for the Statesmen coming from kills by Papes and Muff allowed the Statesmen to cut the lead to one with a score of 23-22. Errors by the Phoenix allowed the Statesmen to take set four with a score of 26-24.

The start of set five was very back-and-forth as the game was quickly tied at seven. The Phoenix tried to take the go ahead lead but came up short due to a pair of errors. William Penn was able to connect all the pieces together in the final points to win over the Phoenix, 15-11.

 

Cumberland Vs Missouri Baptist

Jordan Pierce led the Phoenix in kills and digs with nine and nine, while Brian Hogg led the team in assists with 17.

Set one started off hot for the Phoenix as they were able to go on a 5-0 run against the Spartans, putting the score at 9-3. After multiple miscues by the Phoenix, it allowed the Spartans to tie the game up at 14. A pair of kills by Missouri Baptist’s Mijan Kastratovic were matched after a pair of kills by Pierce to tie the game up at 21. A solo kill by Kastratovic and an error by the Phoenix allowed the Spartans to take set one, 25-22.

The start of set two was filled with errors by both teams, resulting in the score to be tied up at four. The Spartans began to find some rhythm as a kill by Gabe Norsigan and Kyle Merzweiler helped them take a 12-6 lead over the Phoenix. The Phoenix were able to rally back as multiple kills by Cumberland allowed them to cut the lead down to one, with a score of 15-16. After an ace by the Spartans and three kills by Kastratovic, it allowed the Spartans to take set two with a score of 25-19.

The Phoenix started set three down 5-2, as they could not stop the Spartans defense. After a pair of kills by Pierce and a solo by Austin Smalley, it allowed the Phoenix to keep the game close as they were only down 13-9. The Phoenix tried to rally back but just couldn’t find a weakness in the Spartans defense as they Spartans took a 24-16 lead. A kill by Merzweiler, put the Spartans victorious in the match as they defeated the Phoenix, 3-0.

The Phoenix will face Mid-South conference opponent Campbellsville University at home on Thursday, February 11th at 6 P.M.