September 02, 20221st2nd3rdFinal
.360Hitting Pct..433
111Total Attacks60
Luciana Arena - 11
KillsAlisha Leffring - 9
Nicole Bott - 20
AssistsMorgan Syoen - 12
Harlee Kate Reid - 4
AcesEmma Blackford - 4
Shea Moore - 16
DigsGrace Erwin - 4
Luciana Arena - 6.0
BlocksLivia Tate - 3.0
September 02, 20221st2nd3rdFinal
Bethel (IN)1819180
CUTeam StatsBU
.330Hitting Pct..099
103Total Attacks101
Isabella Curcio - 13
KillsI. North-Greene - 11
Bianca Rodriguez - 21
AssistsMadyson Beaver - 17
Bianca Rodriguez - 3
AcesMadyson Beaver - 2
Shea Moore - 9
DigsRachel Vendl - 12
Harlee Kate Reid - 2.0
BlocksAinsley Tacke - 2.0
Phoenix sweep Bethel and Grace to start Liz Hozzler Labor Day Classic
Friday, September 2, 2022
Phoenix sweep Bethel and Grace to start Liz Hozzler Labor Day Classic
Credit: Dillon Miller

MISHAWAKA, Ind.--Cumberland women’s volleyball started the Liz Hozzler Labor Day Classic with two big wins over Grace College and the host RV Bethel University. 

The Phoenix came away with a 3-0 sweep in game one over Grace College winning 27-25, 25-19, 26-24.

Grace jumped up in the first set up 8-1 before Cumberland had a big rally to tie the game at 11-11. The set went back and forth to 15-15 before Grace went up 18-15 with three straight points. The Lancers would get up by four at 20-16 and held that lead at 22-18 before CU battled back. The Phoenix would rally to tie it at 24-24 and would win the set 27-25 in extra points. 

Cumberland jumped up big in the second set taking an early 6-1 lead and never gave Grace a chance to get back in it. CU went up seven at 14-7 and then cruised to a 25-19 set win. 

The final set was a back and forth battle with neither team going up by more than two points until Grace pulled some separation to go up 20-16.The Phoenix went on a 5-1 run after that to cut it to 22-21, but the Lancers scored the next two points to get to set point. Cumberland would rally to send it to extra point and win 26-24 with a 5-0 run to close it.

The second match of the day, the Phoenix took on the host of the tournament Bethel University, who is receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. The Phoenix picked up a big sweep on a big day attacking, finishing with a .330 hit percentage. 

Izzy Curcio posted 13 kills and just one error while Hazel Konkel posted 10. Nicole Bott and Bianca Rodriguez combined for 41 assists and Shea Moore led the team in digs with nine. 

Tied at 7-7 in the first set, CU scored the next four points to get a lead. The Phoenix would extend that to a 17-11 lead and would finish the set winning 25-18. 

Cumberland scored the first two points of the second set and never relinquished the lead winning the second set 25-19. 

Tied 5-5 in the third, Cumberland went on a big 7-0 run on five kills to take a 12-5 lead. Leading 15-8, Bethel went on a 5-0 run to make it close, but Cumberland would get the next three points to get back up by four and win the set 25-19. 

The Phoenix will finish out the Liz Hozzler Labor Day Classic with two matches tomorrow. They take on Trinity Christian at 10 a.m. and close the weekend against IU-Kokomo at 3 p.m.