Cumberland conquered Lindenwood-Belleville (6-7) in a five-set thriller, winning the first set before dropping the next two, but winning the final two frames. The Phoenix swept Friends University to go 3-1 at the Battle of the Arch tournament this weekend. Junior Sara Glassman collected a total of 57 assists on the day and freshman Skylar Lane added 19 against the Lynx.
Glassman had an exceptional game producing 32 assists for the squad and Masa Nalovic posting her sixth double-figure outing this season with 13 kills. Cumberland hit .276 and registered 39 kills on 87 total attackers and five blocks against the Falcons.
Cumberland (8-5) took an early 5-2 advantage but a 4-1 run for Friends University (2-11) helped the Falcons even the set at six. Two kills from Mikayla Wickham and one from Kaleigh Lester and Isidora Markovic helped the Phoenix pull ahead by two. A tip from Olivia Naccarato, an attack error and a service ace gave the Falcons a 13-12 advantage.
A point by Nalovic sparked a 7-1 run for the squad to stretch the advantage 19-14 before closing out the first frame with six consecutive points and limiting the Falcons to scoring just one, 25-16.
Friends University tallied the first few points in the second stanza, but CU went on an eight point spurt to pull ahead by three, 9-7. The Falcons made a comeback allowing the Phoenix to score six more points before tying the score at 15 off of two service aces, two errors and a point by Naccarato. Down by two the Phoenix scored five straight points to recover and take a three point lead.
The Falcons tied the set two more times but a point from Abby Akins, Nalovic and Amanda Worrell and an attack error led the Phoenix to a 25-23 second set victory.
Both teams went point-for-point to start the third frame but Cumberland quickly recovered with five unanswered points. A 6-3 run for CU kept them on top, 13-6 and a service ace by Taylor Kasper helped the squad build on the lead. Six errors on the Phoenix helped the Falcons to pull within four points, 18-14. A kill by Wickham and Nalovic kept Cumberland ahead by five and three huge points from Worrell secured the final set, 25-19 for a sweep over Friends University the squad’s second win of the tournament.
Three out of the five sets were decided by three points or less in the second match of the day, with Cumberland coming out on top. Nalovic posted another 13 kills in the game and Kara Snell notched 17 digs.
Lindenwood-Belleville went 5-0 to start the first set but Cumberland came back to go on a 6-2 run to pull within one point. The Lynx stayed ahead by no more than three points before an error and two service aces by Glassman helped even the score at 13. Four points in a row for Lindenwood gave them a five point advantage and with two errors on the Lynx and two points by Nalovic cut the Phoenix deficit to two. Cumberland limited Lindenwood-Belleville to just three more points to complete a comeback and win the first set off of two service aces from Lane, one point from Nalovic and an attack error on the Lynx, 25-23.
A 5-1 run for Cumberland started the second frame, before a combined effort from the offense of Lindenwood and errors on the Phoenix helped the Lynx knot the score at seven. Lindenwood-Belleville took the lead with a point from Erin Ladeairous and stretched the advantage to 19-11. A 5-3 spurt kept the squad within five points and three late tallies for the Phoenix pulled them within two but a kill by Lauren English sent the Lynx to a 25-22 win.
The third stanza looked much like the first with the Lynx getting a quick start and pulling ahead 12-7. Five unanswered points for CU cut the deficit to just one point and a 3-1 run tied the set at 15. Lindenwood-Belleville allowed the squad to score three more points in the frame, before securing the set 25-18.
The fourth frame was tied six times before Cumberland took the lead for good off of a kill from Worrell and an attack error on the Lynx to take a two point advantage, 18-16. Lindenwood-Belleville fell behind by no more than three points the rest of the set. A point from Nalovic, Markovic and Lester closed out the fourth, 25-23.
Cumberland scored the opening two points of the final set but the Lynx tied the score three more times before Cumberland went on a 9-1 run to dominate the final stanza, 15-7. Errors on the Lynx combined for six of CU’s last nine points.
The Phoenix will return to the court on Tuesday for their first Mid-South conference match-up of the season, playing hosting Lindsey Wilson at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Center.