March 29, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
Bethel University1315210
-.018Hitting Pct..172
110Total Attacks116
Hannah McGowan - 8
KillsIsabella Curcio - 11
Maggie Brooks - 8
AssistsVictoria Johnson - 22
AcesVictoria Johnson - 3
Brianna Monk - 16
DigsVictoria Johnson - 11
Addison Coutler - 3
BlocksNicole Carey - 1
Sydney Pearce - 1
Luciana Arena - 1
Lauren Galvan - 1
Phoenix secures a three set victory
Monday, March 29, 2021
Phoenix secures a three set victory
Isabella Curcio recorded a team-high 11 kills. (Credit: MSC Officials)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Isabella Curcio posted a team-high 11 kills and Victoria Johnson recorded another double-double with 22 assists and 11 digs to lead Cumberland to a sweep over Bethel during Faculty Appreciation Night on Monday night at the Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena.

The Phoenix (9-15, 7-6 Mid-South) would go on a six-point spurt with a one-point lead to take control of the first set. Bethel would go on a 5-1 run to make it 15-12 Cumberland, but the Phoenix swung seven straight points off of three Bethel attack errors, a kill from Isabella Curcio and Sydney Pearce, and a service ace from Victoria Johnson. The Phoenix would secure the first set off a kill from Luciana Arena, Curcio, and Lauren Galvan.

After a 3-3 start to set two, Cumberland would maintain the high intensity from the first game into the second with a six-point run to take a 9-3 lead. Over the span Galvan, Arena, and Sadie Edmonston each picked up kills while Bethel had three attack errors forcing the Wildcats into a timeout.

Bethel would go on a 4-1 run after the timeout to make it 10-7. Cumberland extended it to a five-point lead with a kill by Galvan and two Wildcat errors. Cumberland would maintain the five-point lead after trading points to 15-10 before going on a run that started with a Bethel service error. Johnson posted an ace right behind the error followed by another Bethel error a kill from Curcio and another ace before Bethel ended it at 20-11. Cumberland would rattle off five more points, three from attack errors, to take the second stanza 25-15

Cumberland nabbed on to a 5-4 lead to open the third frame before going on a 6-1 spurt. Curcio, Galvan, and Sydney Pearce each picked up a kill while Galvan recorded her second ace of the game to make it 11-5 Cumberland. After two Wildcat points, Cumberland would go on to double Bethel's score at 14-7 with a kill from Arena and two Bethel errors.

Cumberland held the seven-point advantage through 17-10, but Bethel got a point off a Cumberland attack error from Carey and a kill forcing the Phoenix into a timeout. The Wildcats continued to gain momentum off of two straight points cutting it to a three-point advantage at 21-18, but Cumberland proved to be too much finishing off the Wildcats, 25-

Cumberland will take on Campbellsville at home for Senior Night on Thursday, April 1st. The game will take place at 7:00 p.m. with Senior Day festivities to follow afterward.