Cumberland drops five-set thriller to No. 24 Campbellsville

Staff Reports • Oct 3, 2017 at 9:58 PM

Isidora Markovic recorded a season-high 17 kills and eight blocks but the Tigers made a comeback from a 13-8 deficit in the fifth set scoring seven consecutive points to defeat Cumberland on Tuesday night here at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Mikayla Wickham and Masa Nalovic collected 11 kills each and Rachel Clement added 20 assists on the night. Taylor Kasper posted 16 digs and the team recorded 20 block assists.

Cumberland (11-9, 2-4 Mid-South) took an early 6-3 advantage, three of those points coming from errors on the Tigers. Three consecutive points for Campbellsville helped them pull within two but the Phoenix stayed on top with a kill by Markovic and a bad set on the Tigers. A kill by Katie Johnson sparked a four point spurt for Campbellsville helping them regain the advantage, 20-17. A 7-1 run for CU including four kills by Markovic helped them secure the opening set, 25-23.

The Tigers (15-3, 5-2 Mid-South) seemed to find their way in the second set taking a 4-3 lead and adding on to it posting nine consecutive points before a service error ended the streak. Campbellsville quickly responded with another six point run for an 18-4 lead. The Phoenix tried to make a late comeback scoring six unanswered points cutting the deficit to eight, 22-14. The Tigers held the Phoenix off to just two more points before winning the second stanza off of a kill and an error on CU, 25-16.

Three errors played in the Phoenix favor helping them to a 4-1 advantage in the third set but Campbellsville responded knotting the score at four. The frame was tied two more times before a five point run for CU led them to a 14-10 advantage. A kill by Amanda Worrell sparked a 7-2 run for the squad helping them build onto their lead, 21-13. Campbellsville tacked on three more points but a combined effort behind the offense including a point from Markovic, Nalovic and Wickham led the Phoenix to a 25-16 third-set win.

The fourth frame was tied eight times until an attack error on the Phoenix helped the Tigers take a 12-11 lead. Another error and service ace kept Campbellsville on top before Cumberland notched one point. A 5-1 run for Campbellsville put them ahead 18-14 and a point for Maria Coelho, Annija Abolina and a service ace by Maliyah Tela helping the Tigers take the fourth set, 25-21.

Two errors on the Tigers gave CU their first two points in the fifth set and kill by Caprisha Webster and Nalovic added to a 4-1 lead. Campbellsville quickly responded with two but four consecutive points for the squad helped them to an 8-3 advantage. A kill by Abolina and Julia Fonseca kept the Tigers within five, 10-5. Cumberland scored just two more points in the frame, before seven unanswered points for the Tigers led them to a 15-13 five-set victory.

Three Tiger players scored double-figure kills and Tela posted 26 assists on the night. Compeau added 22 digs and Savannah Moss recorded 14.

The Phoenix will continue Mid-South conference play against host No. 17 Georgetown College on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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