Women's Volleyball succumbs to Dean in five sets

Micaela Rice

THE BASICS
Score: Dean College 3, Becker College 2 (17-25, 25-22, 26-24, 23-25, 15-13)
Records: Dean College (9-11, 2-2 NECC), Becker College (10-14, 2-2 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gym. Franklin, Mass.
Date: October 17, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD

A relentless effort from the Dean College Bulldogs earned them their second NECC win of the year, defeating the Becker College Hawks 3-2 on Tuesday night in Franklin, Mass. The five set win snapped a three game losing streak for the Bulldogs and improved their overall record to 9-11.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Dean was outplayed in the opening set, falling behind 17-11 and eventually losing 25-17. The Bulldogs responded with a gritty second set, trading barbs with Becker the whole way through before eventually taking the game 25-22 on a Kaitlyn Anderson (Clinton, Conn.) kill.

In set three, Dean jumped out to an early lead. They were up 11-3 and then 15-6 after two kills from Sami Mulcahy (Taunton, Mass.). Becker responded with six straight points to cut the lead to 18-14. Dean responded with the next four points, highlighted by two kills from Anderson and looked to have retaken control of momentum. The Hawks stormed back, however, scoring nine of the next ten points to tie the game at 23. Dean grinded out the final two points for a 25-23 victory and a 2-1 lead.

Dean never led in the fourth set, but they were never far behind. After trailing 10-5 early, they closed the gap to 11-10 on a kill from Melanie Rios-Nevarez (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico). Becker led by as many as four throughout the rest of the set, but Dean was able to close the gap again late and tie the score at 23. A kill by Kayla Dupree put the game away for Becker and forced the decisive fifth set.

Dean trailed 10-5 in the final set before a 5-0 run quickly tied the game at 10. After Becker had regained a slim lead, back to back kills from Aminah Tsonga (Plainville, Conn.) and Samantha Trullo (Chelmsford, Mass.) again tied the score, this time at 12. The Bulldogs muscled their way to three of the next four points to claim the victory, using a kill from Anderson and an ace from Mulcahy to finish the scoring.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Anderson continued her stellar campaign with 20 kills on 45 attempts. This was her second straight game with 20 kills. She added 13 digs as well. Rios-Nevarez had a season high 42 assists. She leads the Bulldogs with 370 on the season. She also added 17 digs. Mulcahy also had a record setting day, posting a career high 41 digs on the defensive end. Tsonga had 16 kills and 19 digs and Trullo chipped in five kills with 19 digs of her own. Paola Gonzalez (Southbridge, Mass.) had 15 digs and three kills.