Henniker, N.H. – The New England College Pilgrims volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-20) victory over the visiting Becker Hawks on Tuesday evening.
With the win, the Pilgrims will improve to 6-10 on the season, while the Hawks fall to 6-8.
Kayleigh MacDougall (Farmington, N.H.) lead the Pilgrims with a game-high14 kills. Dreka Griffin (Calera, Ala.) added 10 kills. Meaghan Six (Manchester, N.H.) had a game high of 17 digs.
Kennedy Somavia (Red Bluff, Calif.) finished the match with 32 assists and added nine digs for the Pilgrims. Melanie Langgle (Titusville, Fla.) and Emma Kowalka (Kalispell, Mont.) added nine and eight digs to help out defensively.
The Pilgrims combined for 10 service aces.
The Hawks were led by Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, N.J.) who finished the match with nine kills. Sofia Cullina (Deep River, Conn.) and Morgan Gould (North Attleboro, Mass.) each finished the match with 10 digs. Charlene Landry (Gorham, Maine) had 22 assists for the Hawks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Each set was a back and forth battle between the Pilgrims and Hawks. NEC would get on the board first and the Hawks would bounce back. Eventually, the Hawks managed to gain a lead of six points, 13-7. The Pilgrims would rally back and take the lead 23-22. NEC would finish the set with a 25-22 win to go up 1-0 in the match.
The second set would see more the same back and forth battling with NEC jumping on the board first. The largest swing in the points for the set would come in the end when NEC strung together six points after being down 21-19.
The third set saw Becker jump out to an early lead but another six-point streak for the Pilgrims gave them the lead. After some back and forth points, Becker would eventually get the game to a one-point match. The Pilgrims would string together five points to get the game to match point and were able to end the match after only giving up one point in the final seven available.
NEC will head to Portland, Maine to face the University of Southern Maine on Thursday at 7:00 PM.