- 11||Kills||Luciana Arena
- 17||Assists||Bianca Rodriguez
- 4||Aces||Kelci Williams
Bianca Rodriguez - 3
Mary Pat Taylor - 9
Katarina Vojvodic - 1
Katelyn Malick - 1
Haylie Dickerson - 1
|Harlee Kate Reid
- 14||Kills||Matilde Teixeira
- 23||Assists||Lynsey Day
- 1||Aces||Vitoria Kazanovski
- 15||Digs||Daniela Goas
- 2||Blocks||Allie Grelle
MARSHALL, Mo.-- Cumberland Women's Volleyball earned a pair of 3-0 match victories on Friday at the Viking Invitational against Benedictine College and Missouri Valley College. The Phoenix have won four out of their first six matches of the year with 3-0 victories.
Cumberland 3, Benedictine 0
Cumberland sweeps the match over Benedictine 3-0 on three very tightly played sets. Luciana Arena led the charge tallying eight kills on 11 total attacks resulting in a .729 attack percentage. Other top performers for the Phoenix include Bianca Rodriguez, Victoria Johnson, and Sadie Edmonston. Rodriguez posted a total of 20 assists while Johnson recorded 12 of her own and Edmonston was able to record 15 digs.
The first set started out with a lot of back and forth action getting the set to an even 14-14. After an attack error by the Phoenix and a kill by Benedictine, the Phoenix followed it up with a run for 10 unanswered points to make the score 24-16. Benedictine tried to make a strong comeback effort by putting together their own seven-point run to bring it back to a 24-23 score. Cumberland finished off the set with a kill by Isabella Curcio to finish set one 25-23.
The Phoenix started out strong in set two scoring their first four points on three kills and a service ace taking a 4-2 lead. Later on, in the set Benedictine went on a five-point run to take an 11-7 lead. The Phoenix did not back down from the deficit almost immediately after going on their own seven-point run to retake the lead, 18-14. Benedictine put up one more effort recording another five-point run but ultimately Cumberland held on in set two, 25-23.
In set three, the Phoenix took advantage of four Raven's errors to go on a 6-1 run helping them gather an early 9-5 lead. Cumberland never looked back as Benedictine was never able to tie or take the lead for the remainder of the set. CU posted a solid effort with a .357 hit percentage on 28 attacks and just two errors. Cumberland would go on to win the set 25-22 after multiple two to three-point runs by both teams.
Cumberland 3, Missouri Valley 0
Cumberland started the first set on fire out of the gate, jumping out to an 8-3 lead. A combination of two Harlee Kate Reid chipped in a pair of kills to go along with errors from Missouri Valley contributed to the early run. The Vikings started a comeback against the Phoenix, but a kill by Lauren Galvan got the Phoenix back on track. Incoming transfer Harlee Kate Reid continued the Phoenix roll with three kills to give the Phoenix a 21-13 advantage. The Vikings attempted comeback ended on a heavy spike from Isabella Curcio that gave the Phoenix their first set victory of the match 25-20.
The Phoenix continued on their roll into the second set, jumping out to a 7-4 lead on seven straight kills by Maddie Perez, Nicole Carey, and Harlee Kate Reid. The Cumberland attack continued to put pressure on Missouri Valley with an 8-4 run to take a 16-8 lead. A big swing from Lauren Galvan gave the Phoenix a commanding 21-11 lead over the Vikings. Cumberland left the window open for Missouri Valley, though, as they climbed back into the match at 23-18. The Phoenix women were able to hold on after a Maddie Perez kill assisted by Bianca Rodriguez gave them another 25-20 set victory.
Cumberland continued their trend of fast starts beginning the third set with a 9-2 lead. Attack errors by the Vikings contributed four points to this run. Missouri Valley was able to battle back to trail by three to the Cumberland women 12-9. The Phoenix turned the tide of the match with two kills from Lauren Galvan made it a 15-9 margin. The Phoenix run continued as they won the third and final set by a score of 25-20. Victoria Johnson assisted on the final three kills down the stretch to ensure a Phoenix victory.
Harlee Kate Reid had an impressive match for the Phoenix, leading the way with 14 kills across three sets. Lauren Galvan also tallied double-digit kills with 12 kills total on 24 attacks. Cumberland setters Victoria Johnson and Bianca Rodriguez had great days with 23 and 22 assists, respectively. Sadie Edmontson had an outstanding match defensively with 15 digs. The Phoenix registered a .322 attack percentage overall, topping Missouri Valley's percentage of .163.
The Cumberland Women's Volleyball team looks to continue their hot streak into tomorrow's matches at the Viking Invitational against William Baptist University at 1 p.m. and Stephens College at 3 p.m.