April 02, 20211st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
LIFETeam StatsCU
.226Hitting Pct..144
146Total Attacks167
Lena Pucnik - 24
KillsLauren Galvan - 13
Kennedy Neal - 23
AssistsBianca Rodriguez - 24
Kennedy Neal - 3
AcesJovana Cernjanski - 1
Isabella Curcio - 1
Sadie Edmonston - 1
Marin Black - 26
DigsVictoria Johnson - 14
Mary Zimmerman - 4
BlocksNicole Carey - 3
Cumberland falls 3-2 in close match against RV Life
Friday, April 2, 2021
Cumberland falls 3-2 in close match against RV Life
Lauren Galvan led the Phoenix with 13 kills in the match (Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn.-- The Cumberland Women's Volleyball team (11-16, 8-7 MSC) fell 3-2 in a tight match against RV Life University (26-9, 10-5 MSC) on Senior Night.

The Phoenix started the first set of the match on fire by jumping out to a 9-3 lead over the Running Eagles. Lauren Galvan had three kills in the first nine points for Cumberland. Life fought back into the match, though, to bring the score to 10-8. The Cumberland attack was efficient and jumped back out to a 19-13 lead. Victoria Johnson was all over the court, recording two kills during the Phoenix run. A few errors by the Phoenix allowed the Running Eagles back into the set at 22-19. Cumberland closed out the set 25-22 with a service ace from Sadie Edmontson and an error by the Running Eagles.

Set two was a much more back and forth set at the start. Cumberland jumped out to an early 3-2 lead over Life with a spike from Lauren Galvan. The Running Eagles gained some momentum and went on a 7-3 run to take a 9-6 lead in the set. The Phoenix went on a run of their own to retake the lead at 10-9 after Jovana Cernjanski connected on a service ace. Life continued with success on the attack to go up 21-14 on Cumberland. The Running Eagles took set two 25-17.

Set three did bode well for the Phoenix. Cumberland was down 6-2 to Life out of the gates. Life was running a very efficient attack and was outscoring the Phoenix to take a 12-6 lead. The Life lead continued to grow to nine at 18-9. Cumberland kept fighting to get back into the set, but Life's attack had all the momentum. The Running Eagles took the third set, 25-14.

The Cumberland women started the fourth set down 4-2 to Life. The Phoenix rallied back to take the lead at 12-11. Lauren Galvan had four kills in the Cumberland charge to take the lead. Isabella Curcio and Madison Dinwiddie hit back-to-back kills to expand the Cumberland lead to 14-12. Nicole Carey connected on a heavy spike to give the squad an 18-15 cushion over Life. The Cumberland lead grew to 23-16 after a kill by Victoria Johnson. The Phoenix went on to win the match 25-18.

The Phoenix and the Running Eagles went back and forth in the fifth set until Life led 5-3. Cumberland battled back to cut the lead to 6-5 on a kill by Isabella Curcio. The Life attack went on a 3-0 run to grow the gap to 9-6. Cumberland fought back to get into the set once again after an attack error by Life made the score 14-12. The Running Eagles went on to win the set 15-12 and the match 3-2.

As a team, Cumberland had 50 kills across the five sets. The Phoenix also had a .144 hitting percentage. Individually, Lauren Galvan led the Phoenix with 13 kills. Nicole Carey also had a solid outing with 12 kills. Bianca Rodriguez led the team with 24 assists the day after she registered her 1000th career assist. Defensively, Victoria Johnson led Cumberland with 14 digs. Also with double-digit digs was Sadie Edmontson with 12.

The Phoenix are back at it at home tomorrow in the last game of the regular season against Georgetown College at 1 p.m.