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Phoenix fall in five in MSC quarterfinals

Staff Reports • Nov 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Amanda Worrell recorded her 14th game with double-figure kills collecting 17 on the night while Sara Glassman would have 26 assists and Kara Snell would post 21 digs in a hard-fought five set loss to Campbellsville in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships on Thursday night.

Worrell would lead the squad with eight kills in the first set and Glassman would tally nine assists as Snell would post six digs and Campbellsville’s Inoa Fields would record 12 assists while Annija Abolina would collect four kills.

Campbellsville would start the scoring off with a kill from Julia Fonseca before Cumberland would respond with three straight points. Both teams would go point-for-point up until the Phoenix would take a 7-5 lead.

Two kills from Campbellsville’s Maria Coelho would help them knot the score at eight, and again at nine before the squad would post five consecutive points including two kills from Worrell and two errors on the Tigers giving them a five point advantage, 14-9.

The Tigers would then score four points in a row to cut their deficit to just one, before Worrell would post two more kills. A point from Lerno would put the Phoenix on top 18-15 but a service error on Cumberland and another kill from Coelho would have the squad lead by one, 19-18.

A point from Michelle Evans and Mikayla Wickham and an error on Campbellsville would play to their advantage scoring three straight points, before Worrell would post her final two kills, to help CU claim the first set, 25-21.

Cumberland would take an early two point lead in the second stanza, before the Tigers would go on a three point spurt. A point from Worrell would knot the score at five but six point stretch for Campbellsville would put them ahead, 11-6.

A kill from Worrell, Abby Akins and Lerno would cut the squads deficit to four a kill from Campbellsville’s Stone would be followed by five consecutive points for the Phoenix to knot the score at take a one point lead, 13-12.

Both teams would go point-for-point but three points for the Tigers would put them back on top, 19-16. Four points for the Phoenix with a kill from Worrell and a service ace from Rachel Clement wouldn’t be enough as the Tigers would win the second set, 25-23.

Fonseca would open up the scoring in the third frame, as Cumberland would only score three points over the next seven, trailing 7-3. A five point spurt would give the club a one point advantage, before the Tigers would post four points.

The Phoenix would make a comeback late in the third set, with a kill from Lerno, Clement helping them trail by just one, 14-13. A point from Wickham and Sherrick would tie the score at 16 and five straight points for the squad would help them to a four point lead, 21-17.

The Tigers would record eight of the next points, while Cumberland would only collect two one of those being a kill from Evans as Campbellsville would secure the third stanza, 25-23.

Cumberland would dominate the fourth frame staying in the lead the entire time, with their largest lead being by 13 points. A kill from Sherrick and Evans would be followed by five points for the Phoenix as they would take a 11-6 advantage.

Two errors on the squad would play in the Tigers favor, before three attack errors and another kill from Evans would put them ahead by nine points. Three points from Worrell would lead Cumberland to their largest lead, and closing out the fourth set, 25-12.

Campbellsville would post six early points to take a 7-2 lead, before two errors on the Tigers. Two kills from Lerno and one from Perez would cut Cumberland’s deficit by two, but Coleho’s 17th point of the night would help the Tigers win the frame, 15-11.

Lerno, Markovic, Worrell voted second team All-MSC

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Cumberland’s Maci Lerno, Isidora Markovic and Amanda Worrell earned second team All-Mid-South Conference honors, announced by the league office during the banquet on Wednesday night before the conference tournament.

Cumberland, the No. 6 seed, faced third-seeded Campbellsville last night at South Warren High School.

Lerno ranks fifth in the conference in kills (347) and kills per set (3.1) while ranking 10th in digs (355) and 11th in digs per set (3.2). The El Centro, Calif., native has posted 14 double-doubles this season and posted double-figure kills in 19 of the clubs 32 matches. The senior recorded a season high 18 kills against Northwestern Ohio.

Markovic tallied a season-high of 18 kills during a four set win over Martin Methodist and has collected 194 kills total this season so far. The junior has 13 solo blocks and 53 block assists.

Worrell ranks second on the club in kills, recording a total of 275 and 2.46 kills per set. The junior collected a season-high 20 kills in a tough five set loss to the Univ. of the Cumberlands and posted double-figure kills in 13 of her matches. The Murfreesboro native has 67 block assists in Cumberland’s 32 matches.

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