February 26, 20221st2nd3rdFinal
.325Hitting Pct..071
77Total Attacks85
Luka Ilic - 10
KillsJariel Diaz - 8
Jordan Pierce - 32
AssistsCaleb Word - 23
Christian Lester - 1
AcesJariel Diaz - 1
Caleb Ginnings - 10
DigsFernand Morales - 5
Austin Smalley - 4.0
BlocksJoVeaun Banks - 2.0
February 26, 20221st2nd3rdFinal
Carolina University1622210
.325Hitting Pct..173
80Total Attacks81
Christian Lester - 9
KillsBryson Abernathy - 11
Jordan Pierce - 26
AssistsTihjmir Glasco - 23
Tyler Sturzoiu - 1
Samuel Mannebach - 1
AcesSteven Wilson - 1
Raheem Thomas - 1
Bryson Abernathy - 1
Caleb Ginnings - 8
DigsTihjmir Glasco - 7
Steven Wilson - 7
Jordan Pierce - 3.0
Codville Rogers - 3.0
BlocksBrady Bartlett - 3.0
Phoenix MVB sweeps Bluefield and Carolina 3-0 on the road
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Phoenix MVB sweeps Bluefield and Carolina 3-0 on the road
The Cumberland Phoenix celebrating a point (Credit: Dillon Miller)

BLUEFIELD, Va.-- Cumberland Men's Volleyball (8-11, 4-4 MSC) earned back-to-back 3-0 sweeps on the road against Bluefield University and Carolina University. The Phoenix are currently on a five-match win streak after collecting their sixth and seventh 3-0 victories of the year.

The Phoenix took on the Bluefield Rams in their first match of the day. Cumberland started out with a 25-21 win over Bluefield in the first set to lead 1-0. The Phoenix followed that up with another 25-21 win in set two before finishing off the Rams with a 25-18 win in set three.

Cumberland had a hitting percentage of .325 as a team compared to the .071 of Bluefield. The match was a lot closer than it seems as the Phoenix gave up 15 service errors compared to the nine of the Rams. As a team, the Phoenix recorded 38 kills on the day compared to Bluefield's 28.

Luka Ilic had a great match for the Phoenix as he led the team with ten kills and a .364 hitting percentage. Griffen Newby and Christian Lester finished second and third on the team in terms of kills as Newby had nine kills, and Lester finished with eight. Jordan Pierce recorded a team-high 32 assists while Caleb Ginnings led the team in digs with ten.

After their victory over the Rams, the Phoenix set their sights on Carolina University for their second match of the day. Cumberland had a very impressive first set against Carolina as they took it in convincing fashion 25-16 and followed that up with a 25-22 win in the second set. CU went on to take the final set over the Bruins 25-21 and win the match 3-0. The victory is the second 3-0 sweep of the Bruins this season.

Cumberland recorded 38 kills to go along with a .325 hitting percentage compared to the 28 kills and .173 hitting percentage of Carolina. The Phoenix were very active on defense in the match as they recorded 37 digs and eight blocks in the match. The Phoenix also cut down on service errors in the second match as they only recorded five against the Bruins.

Christian Lester led the Phoenix in kills with nine while posting an attack percentage of .261. Luka Ilic and Austin Smalley both had the second-highest kill total of six across the three sets. Jordan Pierce led the team in assists in the victory, while Caleb Ginnings led the team with nine digs.

The Phoenix are back in action on the road tomorrow with two matches beginning with Milligan College at 1 p.m. and Life University at 3 p.m.