Errors played a huge factor in the opening match versus Missouri Baptist who had 22 and the Phoenix had 17. Cumberland (6-5) hit .250 in the opening set but just a total of .061 for the game and MBU hit .198. Cumberland added nine blocks and had 23 kills on 98 total attacks.
Cumberland found their way in the second match against St. Ambrose with two players posting double-figure assists and two others adding double-figure digs to help them defeat the Fighting Bees in three sets.
Sara Glassman collected 12 assists, Kara Snell added nine digs and Amanda Worrell contribute with four block assists and two solo blocks against the Spartans.
Marion Couraud tallied 12 kills and Caterina Cigarini finished with ten. MaryGrace Masters recorded 16 digs for the Spartans.
The Phoenix kept within two points of Missouri Baptist in the opening set before going on a 5-2 point run to take the lead for the first time, 14-12. The Spartans made a quick comeback with a kill and a service ace by Cigarini and an attack error on Cumberland. Three consecutive points for MBU extended their lead by four, 19-15.
A point from Caprisha Webster and an attack error on Marion Couraud pulled the squad within two points. The Spartans limited Cumberland to scoring just two more points in the set and a 5-2 run for Missouri Baptist closed out the opening frame, 25-20.
MBU got off to a quick start in the third set scoring three straight points but three errors on the Spartans and a point from Masa Nalovic and Abby Akins evened the score at five. Each team went point-for-point and tied the score three times but the Spartans tallied three points in a row to regain the advantage, 15-11. Cumberland notched two more points but Missouri Baptist went on to score six straight points to stretch the lead, 21-13. Errors on the Spartans scored six of Cumberlands last eight points of the set but MBU’s Ana Oliveira and Courad posted one point each to win the second set, 25-21.
Cumberland fell behind early in the final set with Missouri Baptist taking a 15-7 lead. Two errors and a kill by Mikayla Wickham kept the squad within nine but the Spartans continue to build on their advantage with two kills from Couraud, one from Cigarini and Oliveira and an error. Masa Nalovic posted the final kill for the Phoenix and two errors on the Spartans gave them their final two points. Errors were the deciding factor in the game with two on the Phoenix giving Missouri Baptist the 25-12 final set victory.
Isidora Markovic and Nalovic posted eight kills apiece against St. Ambrose and freshman Skylar Lane tallied 10 assists. Taylor Kasper recorded 17 digs and Kara Snell fell just behind her with 16.
Cumberland seemed to find their way as they game went on, defeating St. Ambrose in the first set by just three points, the second by six and the third by nine.
The Phoenix opened up the first frame with a 10-5 advantage and the Fighting Bees (4-5) pulled within four, 12-8. A 5-0 run for St. Ambrose pulled them within just one point and a kill by Abby Happ tied the stanza at 17. Clarissa Blick gave the Fighting Bees their first lead of the game but a 7-3 run for the squad secured the first frame, 25-22.
A kill by Riley Hummert and two errors on the Phoenix gave SAU three consecutive points to start the second set. A point by Markovic and an error pulled them within one point and a 4-1 spurt tied the game at six. Six uninterrupted points for CU allowed them to regain a 12-6 lead. A point from Natalie Bocheneck ended the streak but the Phoenix quickly responded with a 4-2 run to stay ahead, 17-10.
St. Ambrose pulled within five points of the Phoenix but a kill from Nalovic, two from Amanda Worrell and a ball handling error helped the squad take the second stanza, 25-19.
A combined effort behind the offense gave CU a 7-1 lead in the third frame with two kills from Akins, two from Markovic and two from Mikayla Wickham. Cumberland stretched that lead to 11-3 and continue to pull ahead throughout the set. Five errors and three kills for the Fighting Bees cut their deficit to seven, 17-10.
Cumberland held SAU to just five more points and Markovic and Nalovic combined for five of Cumberland’s last eight points to take the final frame, 25-16.
The squad will be back in action Saturday against Friends University at 9 a.m. and itsl match of the tournament versus Lindenwood-Belleville at 1 p.m. The Phoenix will play host to Lindsey Wilson for the Phoenix’s first conference game of the season on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Center.