|September 12, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Shawnee State Univ.
- 10||Kills||Nicole Carey
- 15||Assists||Bianca Rodriguez
Emilee Cochran - 2
|Aces||Harlee Kate Reid
Bianca Rodriguez - 2
Victoria Johnson - 2
- 13||Digs||Sadie Edmonston
- 8||Blocks||Nicole Carey
LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland women's volleyball earned a dominant 3-0 victory over Shawnee State University. The win came in bounce-back fashion following the Cumberland loss to Thomas More on Friday night.
Cumberland started the first set a little slow as Shawnee State jumped out to a 6-2 lead. The Phoenix battled back into the set to lead 7-6 by forcing the Bears into a series of errors. From that point, the Phoenix went on a 9-2 run to establish a 16-8 lead. Shawnee State battled back in the set to make it close as Cumberland held a 22-19 advantage. A kill by Cumberland's Isabella Curcio gave the Phoenix a 25-21 set victory.
CU came out of the gates hot in the second set, leaping out to a 7-3 lead on back-to-back kills from Harlee Kate Reid. The Phoenix continued their run to take a 16-10 lead after a Nicole Carey kill. The Bears made a run to get back in the match that ended at 20-17 on a kill from Maddie Perez. The Phoenix went on to win the set 25-21 on a hard spike from Carey.
The Phoenix came into the third set on a mission. A combination of an excellent attack and errors from the Bears gave CU an 11-2 advantage early. A kill from Isabella Curcio later on in the set brought the Cumberland lead to 17-7. Luciana Arena added a hard spike to give the Phoenix a 21-10 lead, that all but ensured a victory. Harlee Kate Reid finished the match with a heavy spike to give the Phoenix a 25-12 set win and a 3-0 match sweep.
Nicole Carey had an outstanding match for the team overall with 14 total kills and an excellent .737 attack percentage. Fellow middle Luciana Arena also totaled double-digit kills with ten on 26 total attacks. Bianca Rodriguez led the CU women with 21 assists with two service aces. Libero Sadie Edmontson led the team with 18 digs across the three sets.
Cumberland's next match comes on the road against Freed-Hardeman on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.